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Published: April 12th 2011
The Final Pack
Bags are packed
After 2 years of dreaming and months of planning, I am finally ready to embark on my year-long adventure through Central and South America. My bags are packed (well, mostly) and my flight leaves tomorrow morning at the ripe hour of 6:45am. Where am I going? What am I doing?
I have a 1-way flight to Guatemala City (-2hr time difference from EST) where I will be picked up by the wonderful folks at the Tecun Uman Spanish school and taken to the city of Antigua. There I will be living with a local family and taking 1-on-1 Spanish lessons for a week weeks. Once I feel like I have some decent Spanish under my belt I will hit the road with my backpack. The Goal?
Travel to all 21 countries in Central and South America over the next year. Am I crazy?
Because I have the bug. The travel bug. If not now, when? There's no time like the present. What am I taking with me?
In a word, a backpack. In a few more words:
9 pairs of socks/underwear
2 button-up short sleeved collared shirts
3 pairs of pants (1 jeans, 1 zip offs, 1 lounging workout pants)
2 pairs of shorts
1 pair of sneakers
1 pair of Chaco sandals
Toiletries (the essentials + bug spray, lotion, sun screen)
Electronics (camera, flip, external hard drive, ipod touch)
A gift for my homestay (a mini statue of liberty and 2 NY mugs)
Sunglasses, umbrella, money belt
All in all about 45lbs of luggage (1 large backpack + 1 small daypack) How to stay in touch with me?
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