Almost ready to go! (kind of, sort of)

It’s a frenzy of preparation, I tell you! A frenzy!

We’ve gotten all of our vaccines, gotten our emergency prescriptions filled, purchased a round of malaria meds for the whole family, bought our plane tickets, and booked our first place to stay on Airbnb!

Now we’ve got to sort out one last trip to the cabin, and one last load to go to Ontario, and the rest goes into the backpacks.

The tenants are moving in upstairs tomorrow and we’ve leases signed for upstairs and our place. All the pieces are falling into place!

Four more days of work, sixteen days until we leave. Holy smokes.

If you’ve ever thought about pulling up stakes and buggin’ out, let me tell you it’s a lot of logistics. Very exciting though. Very exciting indeed.

Vaccine time!

Round 1 of our heavy-weight bout with the travel vaccines was last Thursday. For those who’ve never done it, it starts with an assessment of what shots you’ve already had and which ones you need based on where you’re going.

We don’t really know where we’re going (other than our first stop), so we made up a magical fantasy list just to make sure that if we win the lottery we’ll be covered.

We told them we’d be going to Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia, China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, aaaaaaand Europe. Just like that, we tacked on an entire continent like an afterthought.

The nurse gave us one of those dead-pan expressions you get from a person who is formulating a professional way of saying “Are you people out of your minds?” in their heads.

The next question we got was “How long are you staying in Sri Lanka?” to which we, of course, replied “Dunno.” No sense in helping the poor lady, right?

She said “Approximately how long 2, 3, 4, 5 months?”.

I said “Yes”

I think at that point she understood that our plans are fairly flexible.

On to the shots, we debated for a while about the two biggies, rabies and Japanese encephalitis. They’re the biggies because they cost around $4000 for the whole family JUST for those two, and they aren’t the only shots!

In the end, they’re a once per person per life kind of vaccine, so we figured it’s more of a long term investment rather than an expense. Also, look at their little faces! Priceless, immeasurably valuable, rabies and encephalitis free.

Elliot, Vero and I had to get 4 shots, two in each arm, Zoë got 5! The nurses have never seen troopers like these, I tell you. Zoë only cried a tiny bit at the 5th shot, and stopped when the nurse handed her a lollipop (or candylop as Zoë calls it). When Elliot saw the candy, he was stoic like a Navy seal through the shots. No reaction. Gimme candy.

We went back last night for another rabies shot and some emergency prescriptions, and the nurse told us they had been talking about our tough little ones all week, using them to shame adults. I’m so proud! hehe

One more Thursday night for the last rabies and encephalitis and we’re done!

Holy Cow, the House is Sold!!

Okay, now finally some major progress! And as usual, all at once.

In the space of 3 days, we signed the sale of the triplex, I QUIT MY JOB! and we bought plane tickets!!!

There’s one in every family photo…

My last day of work is March 3, and on March 15 the whole family flies to Sri Lanka to start our new lives as The Travelling Page Family!
It took almost a year from our decision (more like 9 months, I guess the sale was kind of like a baby that needed to gestate) to get everything lined up and sorted out, and we’re not quite ready yet but it’s happening!
Okay, that was a lot of exclamation marks, everybody calm down a bit. Is it too soon to start counting the days?