Tomorrow, tomorrow. We leave for our trip tomorrow!
After 7 months of planning and research I am finally packed and ready to go. Here is my suitcase in the hallway, waiting to be loaded into the car -
Here is Erik's suitcase -
Did I mention that we are leaving tomorrow morning?
Sample conversation from Sunday evening:
Erik: When are we leaving again?
Me: Tuesday morning.
Erik: Oh. Can you bring that guide book so that I can read about Tonga on the plane?
Erik: How long are we going to be gone?
Me: 15 days.
Erik: Where exactly are we going again?
He wonders why I am stressed out about this trip. Perhaps it has something to do with actually researching where we are going. It's amazing what a little knowledge will do. The more I learn, the more unprepared I feel. I have frantically spent the last month getting immunizations (typhoid, hepatitis, etc.), searching for the perfect mosquito net, reading up on Tonga's current political problems and recent ferry tragedy, and, most importantly, trying to think of ways to keep the rats from eating the bottom of my feet off (à la Elder John Groberg in the Other Side of Heaven).
I made a detailed itinerary using Tripit.com, printed out maps for every single place we are going, and made a list of Plan B activities just in case things are rained out. I bound it all together nicely with dividers in this little trip folder. Psychotic? Maybe a little.
So, for Erik's (and your) benefit, here's how the first leg of the trip is gonna go down -
After dropping the kids off at my in-laws, we leave the airport, have a layover in Samoa, cross over the International Dateline, and arrive in Tonga on Thursday morning. We will spend four nights at the lovely* Vakaloa Beach Resort ("Where Nature Meets Life!") and then stay the remainder of our time in Tonga at my brother-in-law's parents' house.
Not sure if I'll have internet access or if I'll even want to have internet access. So, nobody freak out if I don't post again on my blog for awhile.
*According to Tripadvisor. I love Tripadvisor.