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Emotional turmoil before hitting the road

written by Birgit

sunny 14 °C
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Admittedly I’m exhausted. The last two weeks were a bit tougher than expected. Even though we thought that we were well prepared, there are simply certain things that one cannot really prepare for.
And emotions are up and down. Hard to predict. In some moments life is just fun and it’s about enjoying and taking in every second of what’s happening. That was the case for all the parties we got to celebrate. And there’s so much to be celebrated: the first fare well party was at work. Celebrating the last working day for this year on April 14 with friends and colleagues with traditional Austrian ‘Kaiserschmarrn mit Apfelkompott’ was really nice and the starting point for a series of parties. And with every good bye party, things start getting more real. Well, relatively that is.
To a certain degree, there’s just so much which feels just like normal. A last day at work including saying goodbye to colleagues and friends... One should think that this is sufficient to start believing that now the excitement will start. Still, quite frankly, even despite all the shaking hands and saying good bye, for the time being it just feels like going into any regular vacation. Even the following day - a Friday - will probably just feel like a 'normal' long weekend.
And that Friday… What a party! We had so much fun, so much pizza and a good share of good drinks. It’s hard to tell who had more fun: the adults sitting inside having a relaxed chat and lots of laughter or the kids jumping around in the garden, the street and the playground until late at night. And luckily all the fun was documented in our guest book – our great repository of fun memories (we’re still so thankful to Simone for giving us our first guestbook as her welcome present when visiting us in Romania!).
Unfortunately, with every emotional high, the low point did not wait for too long: the waking up in the next morning usually came with the bitter note of panic realizing that there’s still so much that needs to be done before we’ll be able to head off. And when I’m writing panic, I’m meaning panic… Sometimes to the degree that the panic makes you just sit in a frozen state not knowing where even to start. Once that state was overcome and I got started moving with just about any task, the panic usually subsided after a while. And what took over was rather a kind of mindless frenzy with just trying to get things done and actions ticked off.
And there’s so much that had to be done that it’s hard to get it all sorted in retrospect. Some items were easy and straight forward, others trickier than expected. E.g. parking a vehicle in a garage sounds way too easy to be even mentioned as an action that requires completion. Well, Sam spent quite a while just doing that in the last night at our place: Contrary to many other vehicles which we either sold or will borrow to others while we’ll be gone, we decided to simply keep Sam’s car in the garage. Easy. Well, it would be easy if the car would in fact fit into the garage. As we usually only kept my car in the garage, we had not realized that Sam’s car is actually just a bit too high to fit. Once again easy: Sam takes his tools, cuts off an unnecessary long holder of the drive of the garage door. Now the height fits. Except that backing into the garage, Sam realizes that he would be hitting the construction he built to hold his equipment… A couple of discussions and pondering different options of rearranging the contents of the garage later, he tries to fit the car into the garage the other way around. And incredibly enough: this time it fits – by a mere 10 cm. Letting down the garage door is an adventure in itself, but hooray it works! Disconnecting the battery (which is a recommendation when not moving a car for longer periods of time) was quickly done – only to realize that the electrical windows were still down. Connecting the battery again, closing the windows, disconnecting… Done!
The other task that kept us busy that last night (and the weeks before that for that matter) is clearing the house: Roughly two weeks ago we signed a rental contract for our house with our new tenants. And as part of that we agreed which items of our furniture they’d be happy to use while we’ll be gone and which ones we should rather pack away. What sounds straight forward at a first glance is in fact a massive task at hand. Yes, we thought that we had sold already a lot in the last couple of weeks. Looking back, we should have sold a lot more. Big houses tend to fill up and there’s simply way too much we have that we actually don’t need anymore. That was the single biggest task we had to tackle. And wow – at the end the rooms we did not rent out were really full with piled up boxes…
And last but not least we also had to pack our suitcases or rather backpacks for travelling. The advantage of packing the contents of our house was that we touched everything anyhow and were simply starting to pile everything that we might want to take on our travels.
And after a very short night and a hectic day in getting the last bits and pieces sorted, finally on April 22nd around 4:15 pm we left our place, waved the neighbors good bye and drove off in direction South East towards my parents’ place.
One would imagine that leaving our house for more than a year is a very emotional event with tears of good bye and a bit of melancholy. That’s at least what I imagined it would be. Very wrong. Quite frankly I was at that point just way too exhausted from the last days that the only feeling left was relief. Relief to be done with packing, to have no more boxes to be carried around and to know that we’re on the road.
We’re on our way – world, we’re coming!
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Posted by dreiumdiewelt 22:23 Archived in Germany Tagged leaving goodbye Comments (2)

Enjoying the last couple of days before our departure

written by Birgit

all seasons in one day 2 °C
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Having left our place, we realized how much stress was suddenly falling off. And seven hours later we reached Kirchanschöring. Max sleep deeply by the time we arrived, but my parents and aunt were still up, such that we could enjoy a glass of champagne celebrating our arrival at our first destination. I'm not sure if it really counts as the first stop of our around the world trip, but definitively it was the first stop away from home. And we absolutely felt the need to celebrate.

The celebrations continued for the full weekend, supported also by Sam's family. It was fun and also emotional to see everybody and to eventually say good bye for quite a while. We also waved good bye to my car, which will have come fun time exploring Styria for the upcoming year.

After two more days of visiting family and having our favorite foods, it was time to leave Kirchanschöring. The weather these days was typical German 'April weather', i.e. sunshine, rain and snowfall were alternating in regular instances. We were fortunate at the train station to enjoy perfect sunshine. Arriving two hours later in Munich we were greeted by heavy snowfall. Walking from the train station to my sister’s place, we carried our bags for the first time for some distance and recognized that the extra 'luxury' pieces of luggage that each of us decided to pack did not necessarily help... Still, given that we could have easily packed another 20kg without getting to the limit, there's no reason to feel bad about the luxury items. And we'll have the chance to shed any unnecessary items before heading off to French Polynesia.

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Saying good bye in Munich featured some of our favorite pastimes, excellent food and a great sunny outing to the Munich zoo. Just to realize that it's actually very easy to observe kangaroos, penguins, polar bears, roaring lions, giraffes, baboons or rhinos - without having to take a round the world trip.

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By the end of these six days since leaving our house in Wehrda, we're now relaxed and ready to head overseas without risking appearing like a being very strange, hectic and stressed out bunch of people.

And the German beer we had on that last night before saying good bye to my sister's family certainly helped as well to go into a good night's sleep - the last one in Germany for quite a while...

Posted by dreiumdiewelt 23:27 Archived in Germany Tagged zoo preparation relax goodbye munich april Comments (1)

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