Published on September 1st, 20169
Ready For Blast-off!
One last post here before I head into the wild-blue-yonder and drop down in Munich. Just a handful of chores left to do on my “Balkans To-Do” list, and I’ll be ready to conquer most all of Eastern Europe.
Actually, I’m generally not this organized before my travels, but I’ve cut down on my English teaching here in Cuenca (I now only do privates) so happily have had plenty of time for all the many pre-trip chores. Speaking of which…
Final Bits ‘n Pieces…
As evidenced in THIS post – fine-tuning my packing for this (not so little) 6 week skip was happily finalized (by some miracle, first-time-ever) well in advance (generally, such is frantically cobbled together the day before I’m headed to the airport). I just need to grab a 3rd, larger padlock (reminded by a TL reader – thanks Bill!) for securing lockers in hostel dorms.
Plus (most importantly) I have a BOATLOAD of trip notes stashed in Evernote, and I’m anxious to curate the most important bits into a couple of pages and print them out to have handy (for digital isn’t always available and/or can fail when, for example, you stumble off a plane in Munich – jet-lagged and bleary-eyed after 32 hours of perpetual travel from Ecuador to the U.S. to Germany – and need the address of the hostel you booked on bookings.com).
My newly discovered (thin) streak of “organized” DNA also gave me a free afternoon to wander amid the colorful Ecuadorian crafts at the nearby mercado in search of a handful of (necessarily) teensy-tiny gifts to share with couchsurfing and “sobe” (“homestay” in Croatia) hosts along the trail. Granted, not much, but at least a token of my appreciation for their hospitality, and a bitty memento of my adopted home here in Ecuador.
Win-Win House/Cat Sitter:
There’s also still a bit of (normally neglected in the frantic run-up to a major trip departure) last-minute house tidying to be done here at Casa Dyannita, because… In yet another stroke of happy serendipity (I swear, it seems to follow me like a stalker), a fellow blogging buddy (Nora, a fellow nomad that’s been likewise pecking at TheProfessionalHobo.com for more than a decade) just so happened to be looking for a new country to call “home” for a spell, and…
Long-story-short? She’s going to be house-sitting Casa Dyannita and cuddling mi gata, Dulce while I’m gone! Amazing that the dates worked out so nicely – a win-win for both of us. Better still, she arrives from Canada next Sunday (and I depart on Monday) so I get to finally meet her IRL. I want the casa all clean and cozy for her stay of course, so I’ve been busily cleaning and emptying out room in the closet for her things.
Digital Snacks for Yuse-Guys…
And finally, there’s all of you folks – my loyal TL readers. I haven’t forgotten about you, nosiree-bob. While I’m hoping to post a pic and/or video or two on social media as I go along…
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…after more than 6 years of consistently (amazing, as “consistency” is clearly not normally one of my strong-suits) posting a steady stream of TravelnLass tales here, I’m not about to go into TL radio-silence for an entire 6 weeks. Nope. Trust that I’ve pre-written a gaggle of “Once Upon a Time” posts for you to enjoy – which I hope to be able to publish on the fly via a nifty WordPress app on my phone.
Indeed, I’ve opted to travel ultra-light this trip, so I’ll be leaving even my bitty netbook at home in Cuenca. It’ll be just me and my smartphone to keep me “connected”.
And while I’m sure I’ll be busy gawking at the wondrous sights that await me in Munich, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Turkey, I must admit – I AM lately obsessed with both my new selfie-stick and the nifty Kinemaster video editing app on my phone – so I’m hoping to post a few short vids along the way. No guarantees on such technos whilst I’m on the trail, mind you. But if nothing else, I hope to have plenty of video footage to fiddle with and share when I get back to Cuenca in mid-October.
Meanwhile… should you dare to pay witness to my first L.A.M.E. efforts in the realm of TravelnLass “vlogging”, here’s my first attempt with both the selfie-stick and the new Kinemaster app. Clumsy, sad, I know – but hey! Much like any new endeavor (uh – you there – traveling solo to some strange foreign land for the first time?) – we’re both certain to get better with practice, yes?
The TravelnLass Goes *FIRST-CLASS*!!!
Oh and the SUPER-DUPER latest news on my air transport to Europe from waythehelldownherebeneaththeEquator? As I mentioned in an earlier TL post, my dear Seattle geochum (that visited me here in Cuenca a few months ago) has oh-so-kindly gifted me a pair of American Airlines buddy passes to get me to and fro Europe.
As if that weren’t waaay more than enough – turns out that for just $150 more each way (including all 3 flights that it takes to get from EC to Europe) I can fly FIRST CLASS! Subject to space available in Business/First Class, but still… You’re talkin’ to a lass who’s NEVER FLOWN FIRST CLASS in her entire life, so… if even one of those (six) flights going and returning turns out to have a spare Business/First Class seat for little ol’ me… Needless to say I’ll be in H.E.A.V.E.N!!!