Three and a Half Days to Departure

Thank you to everyone who has said, “Great!  I’ll read your blog.  I want to know about your adventures. ”    I almost always have written a private journal; it is a bit different when it is for public consumption.

Update on Goal Zero Sherpa 50:  it does NOT charge a MacBook laptop computer.  Apple in all it’s “let’s be different” has an 85 watt charger.  Everyone else, and the Sherpa charger, is 40-44 watts.  It will maintain, and as I found out, run down the charger, but will not increase the charge.  I’m keeping it, however, to charge my iPad, and someday, a phone.

I am packing, weighing, removing, packing, weighing, to get each case under 50 lbs.  I’ve always traveled with only one carry-on size suitcase, so it is unusual to have two heavy cases with a two-year focus.  One case is  mostly electronic stuff and the other is clothes, shoes and miscellaneous.  I have been told that I am to be  able to move them  myself.  They are cumbersome and heavy!

This last week has been spent at dance class, on walks, long hours at the Apple store for an upgrade and technical help, a lovely trip to the nearby Pacific Ocean, lunch and dinner with friends, and saying goodbye “for a while” over and over.   My friends have planned a farewell party for this Saturday afternoon and lots of friends are coming.   It is a bit overwhelming; I’m not really a party person.  Ian says it is not entirely for me; others want and need to say goodbye and wish me farewell.

I have been asked many questions about where I will be, what I will be doing, where will I live, what the education system is like, will I have electricity, when can I have visitors, etc.  The answer is usually “I don’t know.”  I  will let you know when I know.

The luggage tag was given to me when I went to a Peace Corps event in San Francisco.  All returned Peace Corps Volunteers and “invitees” (me) were acknowledged.   It is like joining a club and only people who have done it can really understand the experience.  I haven’t done it yet but I want to and I want to be in the club.



2 thoughts on “Three and a Half Days to Departure

  1. So, should we expect that in a month or so these posts will start showing up in Zulu? Friends, readers, Karen followers – if this happens we have to promise to stand by one another to figure out the translation. Wikipedia says there are 15 different clicks in Zulu and there must be a way of notating that in writing. And then there is “standard Zulu” and “urban Zulu.” Who knew?? One of Karen’s first purchases in South Africa might be a umakhalekhukhwini (to the uninitiated, that’s a cell phone in standard Zulu). Gosh this is going to be fun!

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