Now that the torture with the passport is over, I can tell you about the new gadgets we bought last week. This is the result of a rainy weekend… shopping! It was the most expensive weekend of the year… but these things were already planned in the budget and it was good to do it all at once – and it is super fun to have new toys.
After discussing whether or not carry a laptop, we ended up opting for yes. We know it is expensive and fragile, might happen to be stolen, break, damage and can also be another concern. But the pros were more than the cons: a laptop can be very useful to look for a ticket, accommodation, to keep in touch with people we’ll visit, download and upload photos, update the site… but we really decided when we found this Asus Eee, which is much cheaper than the big ones (we paid US$ 570) and easier to care for and carry. It is ridiculously small and light, compared to our other 15″, but large enough to use the keyboard and access the Internet with a 1024×600 resolution screen. It also comes with a protective cover.. perfect for travelling! It has also proved to be very resistant.. on the first night I dropped it on the floor from 1m height (ooops, sorry Felipe!), it jumped up and down and survived without any scratch!
I’ve always wanted to have a walkie-talkie when I was a child.. now that I have one nobody wants to play with me hiding behind the sofa. heheh
This was another tip from Juliano, and if he hadn’t said anything, we would never think of this hypothesis.
It is much cheaper than taking a cell phone (option that haven’t even been contemplated) and can help us when we get lost from each other. This one is a Uniden, they were the smallest and cheapest we found (US$ 60), there are 2 in the box and uses 3 AAA batteries.
Although we are far from being professionals, photography is one of our favorite hobbies, Felipe’s and mine, since the design uni time. We’ve already got a SLR camera and two lenses (a 18-55 and another 70-300), but in such a trip, carrying so many things and changing lenses all the time might not be something practical. As we love taking photos and this purchase wouldn’t be exclusively for the trip, we decided to invest a little more (US$ 660.00 – ouch!) and buy a Sigma 18-200 with Optical Stabilizer. It is bigger and heavier, but is everything is in one and much better quality than the others we had here, which will be retired by the way – does anyone want to buy? 😛
Furthermore we will also take:
We’ve already got the iPods for more than a year – in addition to listening to music, see time and date in every country, it can also be useful to store photos, each one has 30GB memory – but I use more that half only for music! I guess I need to make a selection…
Olympus tiny waterproof camera
That fits in the pocket. Often we don’t want to carry the big camera, but we still want to be able to take pictures. This is an Olympus, we bought it before going to Samoa, early this year, it is waterproof (3m deep) and shockproof (1.5m height), it’s great to take underwater photos too! Oh.. and it also makes little videos.
And to protect all this, we’ve just bought a PacSafe, it is a shield made of flexible steel to place around the bag. It may be not enough, but it may help if we have to leave our stuff in a hostel in Rio… and I think it is worth spending US$ 57 to protect all these things, don’t you agree?
I’m putting money to see which of these gadgets will return with us to New Zealand…