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Packing my last most used possesion....

yes, the Cuisinart Coffee Maker!

Ok, so I know that this is lame! In my defense, I LOVE my coffee.... I am packing my truck for storage today and my Cuisinart is one of the last few items that hasn't yet made it into a box, tote or bag. I feel like I should write an 'ode to the coffee maker or something. I am really going to miss my fresh ground coffee for the next 4 Days, 8 Hours, 17 min..... Yes, that's when the flight from Seattle to Saigon (HCMC) leaves.

Time has crept up on me and although I am physically ready to go, I am still not sure that I am mentally prepared for the trip ahead of me. I am not sure what I expect out of this trip other than to open my eyes to how our lives here in the US are so very different from those in Vietnam. I have read other people's blogs during nearly every free moment that I have found over the past several months while planning this trip and I am no closer now to knowing what I want to see, do, experience than I was at the very start. People keep asking me 'why', and 'where' and I really still don't know the answer to those questions. I am hoping that I'll find the answers as my trip progresses. It is quite possible that I will discover the answers after I have returned.

Sleep seems to be evading me lately, tossing and turning when I should be sleeping. My mind constantly going over the 'to do' list that keeps dwindling day by day. Then the constant questions like, 'did I pack the right things' or 'will Aco (my dog) be ok' and the ever pressing 'will I be ok' .

Posted by Khandilee 05:22 Tagged preparation Comments (2)

My New EEE PC

I just received my Eee PC via UPS. I am attempting to type this on the new computer to see if it is going to suit my needs while on the road. The typing is a little difficult due to the small keyboard but I think with a little time, I will get used to it. I just have to remember to 'think small' !!

So far, I am super impressed with this little machine! I am no computer expert and I am attempting to figure out how to connect my sprint wireless internet to this device. It takes a little ingenuity due to not having a cd drive and the fact that I dont have a usb drive either. Hopefully, I will figure it out soon.

The internal wireless is quick and easy to use. I was able to immediately pick up on several wireless connections.

The screen is clear and although small, it is easy to read. The keyboard is already getting easier as I type. The machine appears durable/solid in design and it is light as a feather. It will be a great accompaniment to my backpack for both domestic and international travel. I can even fit it into my purse if I wanted. I think that this is going to be my new best friend!

ETA: I just copied and pasted this post from my off-line version and it is super quick and simple!

Posted by Khandilee 20:54 Tagged preparation Comments (0)

Ticket in hand.

My ticket is purchased to/from HoChiMin City. After months of searching web-sites for the best deal, I found a great price with Asiana Airlines. I am completly stoked about this trip. I have been trying to work out the details of the route with all the places I want to see, I should have planned for an extra 4 weeks! Just dont know how I am going to fit everything into a mere 4 weeks...

I am going to try to post a few entries to this blog between now and leaving simply for the purpose of learning the site and getting used to posting pics, etc. Please bear with me, I am sure that the next couple of entries aren't going to be greatly enjoyable to read but a necessity (for me) in order to feel prepared to blog on the road!

Here

is my travel map. This will be updated as I figure out my route but it is a rough draft and will give you an idea of where I am planning to be.

More to come soon

Posted by Khandilee 16:13 Tagged preparation Comments (0)

Preparations

Why?

I have finally told my family, well my Dad in particular that I am going to SEA for a month. He didn't seem too upset but always the same question..."why?". Why am I going? Well, I don't really know other than...why not?

When I found out that my friend Kim was traveling to SEA to do some kite-boarding http://kmpossible.travellerspoint.com/8/ I was extremely jealous! I have always wanted to travel out of the US and have never felt that I could afford it.

Hearing her planning was all I needed to push me to save the money and 'just do it' as Nike says. So, I have set the plan to leave the 23rd of October and return on/around the 24th of November. My current itinerary follows but is certainly subject to change:

Oct 24-Nov 1 Arrive in Saigon and head to Mui Ne Beach with Kim to watch some Kite-boarding (I don't kite so I'll be lounging on the beach trying to keep from getting too sunburnt!

Nov 2 - Nov 8 Possible Hilltribe trek out of Bangkok, Thailand

(This is subject to change due to several reasons:)

1. I don't know if I am in good enough shape to hike four days straight for 4-5 hours/day in Thailand's heat/humidity.
2. Availability
3. I might find something better to do....

Nov 9-24th Make my way back to Saigon. I have considered taking the overland route through Cambodia, but there is also the possibility of flying to Hanoi and traveling overland through Vietnam back to Saigon?

So, as you can see the plan is pretty loose and I really don't know what the hell I am planning other than the fact that I am going!

If you have any thoughts/suggestions to the itinerary, please feel free to comment!!

Posted by Khandilee 12:26 Tagged preparation Comments (0)

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