Jun 17 2012

Getting stuck in

After a week of rest, we certainly had a very busy, very productive week! It didn’t really feel it at the time, but we managed to accomplish rather a lot!

Our “kitchen” is now packed. Well, at least the pots & pans, crockery & cutlery, and cooking utensils are packed. We had most items already, but these have now been packed into 2 boxes, with a small number of items needing purchasing. The fridge also arrived this week (currently living in the lounge!).

We had a long chat to Vicki on Skype about their trip (Langebaan Sunset) and gathered lots of useful information. Many thanks to Vicki – and yet another demonstration of what a wonderful community this Overland community is.

The clearout continued with 11 items going online for sale. We managed to sell 8 and the funds are helping with our trip preparation costs. The unsold items plus a few more have been listed online for sale this week.

Very Helpful Friend lent a hand over the weekend, with preparations for the vehicle to go through it’s MOT. Nothing earth-shattering to be done, but learning to fix our own vehicle is invaluable experience. In addition, we spent some time discussing the next level of the drawer system.  We have realised that we need to start packing some of the boxes in the other levels to understand what storage shapes and spaces we still need.

I also spent time on the less visible aspects of trip preparation. We have now found an insurance company for our travel insurance. This comes recommended, and the prices are more tolerable than other quotes (see our Paperwork preparation pages for more information). I also chatted to an estate agent about renting out our house, and that is progressing. Our final appointment at the travel clinic is booked for next month (final Hep B shot) and we need to start our oral Cholera vaccination this week.

The website has had a bit more information added to it. There is a map of the currencies in Africa (see the Common Sense preparation page) and more content on other pages. Do have a look!

Our departure date is drawing rapidly closer! We have a sense of urgency to get packed up – our house still doesn’t really look like we are departing in 11 weeks! In the coming weeks, we may start taking a day’s leave each week to keep momentum on preparation.

The excitement is tangible!

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