written by Laurie, my mom
I am already planning our adventure. Our first priority was contacting the travel agent, Maryann, who has always done a great job for us when we go to unknown territory. We now have a down payment on a new adventure. The train itinerary was difficult to read, so I couldn't wait to go get my travel journal to put it all in perspective! I have used moleskin journals on past trips. I like them because they come in all sizes and you can choose plain, lined or graphed pages. And the best feature is the accordion pocket in all of them. When I got home with my new treasure, I immediately sat down and drew the May 2011 calendar and wrote in our itinerary. Boy, does that ever look like FUN! (and grueling! LOL)
My next thoughts went to travel gear. Do I really want to use a wheeled carry-on for as many times as we are getting on and off the train...steps and all the walking?
And SHOES! Come on girls...I need several pairs when I go away, cut me a break! "Sorry Aunt Laur, but it's not a fashion show!" Ok, ok, one pair of comfy walking shoes and sandals.
How hard can this be? I will pack light, I will pack light, I will pack light. You know I have to leave some room for souvenirs!