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Wild and crazy Saturday night

February 13, 2010

Kiwis: I need your advice on packing – check out this post, please. πŸ˜€

Between shopping for a few hours and eating huge amounts of food, I’m absolutely wiped right now! Totally ready to zone out in front of the Olympics for an hour and then get to bed early.

The mall was a semi-success. I was specifically hunting for another sundress to bring Down Under but didn’t find anything that met me two main criteria of cheap and not too short. Seriously, it’s like 95% of sundresses are made for 5’2″ girls! I’m not super tall but most of these dresses would be indecent to wear without pants most places. πŸ˜‰

I ended up using my Nordstrom gift card on an off-white short-sleeved cardigan. I figure it’s a good piece to bring on the trip because it matches anything and is really light-weight, so won’t take up a ton of room in my bag. Really similar to this:

However: Starbucks fail. I was feeling really tired after lunch but decided to forgo my beloved misto for a soy chai tea latte. Big mistake as it was almost sickeningly sweet. Ugh. I hadn’t had a chai since coming back to the US and either chai lattes are way sweeter here than Korea or this was just a one-time error. Boo.

For being a constant traveler, at least over the past few years, I still can’t shake those pre-travel nerves that arrive a couple of days before takeoff. Does anyone else get pre-travel jitters? You’d think I’d be used to it by now — especially after living in another country for an entire year, two months should be nothin’! — but they’re still present in force.

It’s a feeling of the unknown. (For those who are wondering, I’m traveling most of the time with my friend Sandy, a Californian I worked with in Korea — you’ll be seeing and hearing a lot about her on the blog for the next two months. πŸ˜€ ) Not being sure what to expect. Getting used to the idea of sleeping in dorms for seven weeks. Leaving the comforts of home.

You don’t appreciate home until you’re leaving. That’s the truth. And you never appreciate it more than that first day/night back. I swear, laying down in my comfortable bed the night I came back from Korea was a revelation. It was like the gods sewed a mattress of clouds; or, that’s how it felt compared to the lumpy, bumpy mattress I was used to in Seoul!

Once I get there, all the nerves disappear. It’s really miraculous! We already have fun plans Wednesday night — yep, I leave DC at 4pm Monday and arrive in Melbourne just after 11am Wednesday — eek! — that include meeting up with an Irish friend who now lives in Melbourne and checking out the night market.

And, of course, I’ll be blogging the whole trip so make sure Travel, Eat, Repeat is bookmarked and in your Reader! πŸ˜€

How do you cure the pre-travel nerves jangle? And… what am I forgetting to pack?!

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 13, 2010 9:05 pm

    I totally get pre-travel nerves too! I get stressed about the plane especially because I get motion sickness, but I always survive just fine.

    I studied abroad in Australia and it’s one of my favorite places in the world (and I’ve been a few places haha). I am SO excited for you to go and to follow you there through your blog!

    • February 13, 2010 9:07 pm

      You’re *so* right: in the end, we survive just fine. πŸ™‚

  2. February 13, 2010 10:45 pm

    i always get the jitters before i travel, but they’re mostly the happy excited kind! love that cardigan, very functional for traveling. i agree about the sundress thing, i don’t want to give everyone a free show!

  3. February 13, 2010 10:49 pm

    I’m TERRIFIED about flying….nothing will help cure that. It’s absolutely amazing that my relationship survived the flight from Honolulu to Buenos Aires last year ( which included a total meltdown in the Altanta airport midway….not a good look for a women my age )
    My flights to Sydney are much easier for me….non stop, 9 hours and I always arrive just in time for sushi dinner in Bondi.
    Have the best time ever!!! I’m so jealous xo! A

  4. Danielle permalink
    February 13, 2010 11:17 pm

    I always get pre-travel jitters. Traveling for me is stressful! But once I’m there, it’s fun πŸ˜€
    I’ve always wanted to go to Australia! (Jealoussss)

  5. February 14, 2010 1:34 am

    I don’t believe I get jitters but then I’ve only gone places I’ve been already. Not like you checking out every nook and cranny of this planet. Don’t forget your passport πŸ™‚

  6. Lauren permalink
    February 14, 2010 5:46 am

    Tshirt is fine in Auckland (it’ll feel balmy to you!) but further south pack a jumper (sweater?) for Wellington or country areas at night. Plus, it gives you cover against pesky insects. I totally meant to send you an email but I realised I didn’t have your address so I haven’t been of any use to you with destination ideas! Just think: tickets, money passport!

  7. February 14, 2010 9:49 am

    I definitely get pre-travel jitters!! but just think of how much fun you’re going to have down under!! Lucky duck!

  8. February 14, 2010 9:53 am

    Dare I ask who the Irish friend is? πŸ˜›

  9. February 14, 2010 9:31 pm

    My pre-travel jitters are always about packing, so I cure them with a list.

    I cannot wait to hear more about Sandy!

    Oh gosh, when I came back from Rome, I was so appreciate for the silliest things! The homecoming is always so great, even when you are having a wonderful time!

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