Controlled Chaos

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And so it begins!

As per usual, I have waited until the last-minute to organize my pack. I’ve been thinking about it for months though… so that’s what counts. Right? Along with getting all of my belongings organized in my storage unit and preparing to move I don’t seem to ever have enough time for everything.

I will admit that round one of test-packing has been somewhat discouraging. I’ve had this fantasy of skipping off to Europe with my 40 liter pack, an extra pair of shoes strapped to the back and my camera strapped across my front. Doable… if it were July and all I had to worry about was a single layer of clothing and a rain-shell. Sooooo… all I have encountered on other blogs about traveling Europe in the winter have factored in the luxury of rolling suitcases and a rental car. Knowing that most of these travelers were not planning on working outside or relying solely on public transportation methods, I have had some moments of doubt about my gear and general preparedness. I won’t be taking more than my backpack and a smaller carry-on sized bag to double as my casual daytime tote. I think I’ve got a handle on the important things though…

  • Boots…. Uhm, yeah, I mean it’s the UK in February. But what a drag to haul my Xtratuf rain boots that whole way… OK, I’ll just wait and get Wellies there then… “but you’re not actually going to sport those things around museums and evenings out are you?” Hmm… yeah, maybe not. Ok well now I’ve got to figure out a second pair of boots… later then. Next!
  • Jacket/Coat- It’s going to be cold, rainy and probably really windy!! Parka! Hmm… no, maybe excessive, but how about a nice waxed canvas jacket… Welllll I mean it’s not reaaalllly going to be much colder than here in the Northwest. I’ll just layer. A fleece and my waterproof shell. Yeah. That sounds good enough. But still… inside nice places?? Uhh.. I’ll deal with that when it comes up.
  • Warm Accessories- that’s all I’ve been knitting for the last three months. Done!

OK so there are still a few kinks to work out… details, details… and as I have been reminded several times already, they actually have stores there, where I can get anything I need or desire! (Imagine that…) A lesson in patience and trust. It will all work out for sure! Breath now Jaida…

One week remaining in Southern Oregon and in less than three weeks I’ll be posting from London. Whaaaaat!! Time flies doesn’t it…