100 Days!!

21.February 2009

Pre-Trip

 

100 days

Today is 100 days until we leave…I am beyond excited.

It just seems like an auspicious number. In the States they track the first 100 days of a presidency, in Korea they celebrate the first 100 days of a persons’ life so it seems natural to mark the 100 days until we leave.

I have to confess that the trip pretty much consumes my thoughts. I mean, it’s been on my mind since we first decided and has ebbed and flowed depending on what part of the planning stage we were at, but now it sneaks into most of my waking hours and I dream about it too.

When I wake up I think of all the different places I will be waking up.  What will the rooms be like? What will the beds be like? What will the bathroom facilities be like?

When eating I think of all the different foods we’ll be trying. Sometimes, when I’m eating something that is very familiar, I pretend I have never eaten it before and imagine how I might react to it if I hadn’t ever seen it before. 

When I’m at work I really just think about not having to work anymore (sorry girls!). About how this event, or that meeting, or that implementation will not involve me because it will occur past my leaving date.

When I’m working out, I wonder how I’ll stay in shape while we’re away. Will walking and hiking be enough? Do I really see us doing crunches and pushups. (No I don’t…sorry Erin!)

When I’m at Spanish class I imagine myself in Peru, Chile or Argentina getting by on the language I have learned. Will I remember enough to be understood? Will just trying be enough?

When I’m with friends I think about all the new people we’ll be meeting and friends we’ll be making.

When I’m relaxing in the evening, I think of all the different ways we will spend our evenings. We will be out exploring the local area, having dinner at a local resaurant or enjoying some form of entertainment.

When I’m sleeping, I dream about it all. Sometimes my dreams reflect fears that I have, sometimes they are just blissful feelings but always I awake with a sense of awe and pride that I am actually going to do it.

100 days. It’s really not that far off.

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8 Responses to “100 Days!!”

  1. Shawn Says:

    It looks like the big countdown is on, three months will go by fast.

    The most important thing is to take care of everything at home, once you’re on the road everything will fall into place.

    The different foods are a delight, although can be a craving curse, at least with my taste buds, lol.

  2. Mandy Says:

    100 days is a huge milestone. Then it will be 80,70,60 ….until one day it is just 5,4,3,2……

    It would take ALL my willpower (if I were doing this) to not be giddy with excitement at the thought of not being at work for this issue, that implementation etc…..I know it’s what we do, but THIS IS SO AMAZING and so close. Plans are coming together for you and it is really going to happen.

    Again, thrilled for you two and can’t wait to hear all about it. *smile

  3. jen Says:

    Wow! How exciting!? I cannot wait until we get somewhere near that time – I will probably burst with excitement or have a heart attack or something! The amazing feeling of knowing there’s no actual proper job related work! Really excited about following the next 100 (+) days with you! x

  4. Geoff Says:

    If my experience is anything to go by, those last 100 days will fly by, and it really is a fantastic feeling, it’s like each day that passes I feel the weight lifting off my shoulders.

  5. Anna Says:

    Don’t worry – all the walking will be more than enough working out. My legs already feel like Jello – and I’m pretty sure I’ve lost 5lbs. Not sure if its the walking or the lack of funds to eat tho. Haha

  6. Libby Says:

    Enjoyed your post very much! My husband and I are leaving for a RTW trip in mid June, so we’re not far from our 100 days. I can definitely relate to a lot of the things you’ve mentioned here (although, to be honest, I see our trip as a really excellent excuse to not exercise for a year). Anyway, I’m glad I stumbled across your site. Happy travels, and here’s hoping the next 98 days pass quickly!

  7. Heather Ahrens Says:

    I am so excited to read about your travels soon!

    I am hoping to plan a RTW trip next year. For this year I am planning on backpacking through Europe for a month, and I can’t be more excited!

  8. Nik Says:

    :) feeling very inspired, excited.. and truthfully a little bit jealous… just a little…

    100 days to RTW! Can’t wait to hear more about your travels. Go go go!