When I finished working last Friday, I thought this last week in New Zealand would be very relaxing, after all we had almost everything very well organized, we had only a few last details to sort out, little things yet to buy, pack the bags and leave.
Clearly, the practice is quite different from the theory, opposite, in this case! This week has been the busiest week ever… we have done so many things everyday that I’m already tired when I wake up.
I’ve been washing all our clothes, the ones we are taking with us and those that will be stored here also, a few every day, I mean, a lot every day. Now I still have a pile of clothes to be ironed waiting for me.
For two days we were walking in the centre, looking for things that we still had to buy, and when I say two days walking, I really mean two days walking, non-stop, up and down.. and at the end of each day we thought “it’s good to get used to this, we’ll have several days like this in the coming months.” Oh my little legs!
Some things we bought:
– A day pack, that was a birthday present from Felipe to me, and another little foldable nylon backpack which turns into nothing;
– Rain covers for the backpacks (we decided not to buy any new large backpack, we will use our old ones that are still ok);
– Plug adaptors.. why each country must have a different type of socket?;
– In the pharmacy: pain killer, imodium (very important!), hydrogen peroxide, band-aid and repellent;
– Little calculator, we found one that is peferct for converting currencies, it’s nice;
– We followed another tip from Juliano to buy something to boil water, we found a “water boiler” that’s quite common in Brazil but is the first time I see here, was not very cheap ($40) but is much smaller than a jug.
Yesterday was a horrible rainy and cold day, perfect to stay at home, but we went out and had lunch with Greg, a very dear friend of ours that we hadn’t met in months. We also went to the supermarket to buy the ingredients for the “bobó de camarão”, a Brazilian dish made with mandioca and prawns, that we will make for our last “flatdinner” (dinner with all flatmates) here at home. Reminding that we don’t have a car anymore and we are doing all this on foot or by bus.
We spent the rest of the day packing and storing the stuff that will stay here: books, tools, pieces of decoration and one thousand other little things.
Today’s plans are: finish washing the clothes, iron the ones that have already been washed, finish packing everything, including clothes and shoes that will stay here, cook the dinner and have a nice night with friends and Brazilian food. The Samoan/German dessert will be made by Lagi and Sven (our flatmates).
The hardest part will be choosing the clothes, shoes and things that go in the backpack and necessaire from those that will be stored here at home until the next year.
Does anyone know how to fit 6 months, 15 countries and all kinds of climate in a 40 litres backpack?