As we approach departure date (11 days!), everything seems to accelerate. I am busier than ever, packing, cleaning, emailing, skyping, organizing, cooking, etc., but actually am feeling more and more relaxed and deeply grateful & genuinely thrilled for this upcoming adventure. School starts this week, so I'm prepping the classroom all day tomorrow. Our kids start classes on Tuesday, and will attend for a week or so... Then we move Karen down from Tuolumne, do a quick overnight backpack trip (and farewell to the High Sierra), and crank out the final packing frenzy!
I was up late tonight emailing several contacts in Bangalore and Kathmandu... Dishes done, kids all asleep, fuzzy cat purring at my feet... Suddenly the Skype site lit up, and I was on video chats for 2 hours with friends across the globe who are already experiencing tomorrow! Many travel, housing & teaching arrangements to work out... and it was SO fantastic to be talking to friends that we'll see in a couple of weeks! I AM SO PUMPED!!!!!! Waaahhhooooooo!!!! ....OK, relax Paul... easy boy.... time for bed.