21.08.2012 - 21.08.2012
I am home now. Sixty-seven days passed since I left on June 15th. I flew into Sacramento International Airport from Washington, DC together with my sister and two-month old nephew. I was prepared to write an emotional story about the hardships we faced flying across the US with a two-month old, but I have nothing to write. We had no problems. As soon as we sat down, the baby just fell asleep and slept most of the flight. No problems. No noise. Such an awesome baby.
I was greeted at the airport by my two cousins.
It's great to be back home. While I was on the road, my home was my 25'' x 17'' x 9'' backpack. I would hear about people backpacking through Europe, so I decided to beat that. I backpacked through the world
It was quite convenient having all of your belongings with you at all times. I was like a turtle, or a snail. My home was always on my back. I didn't have to check in luggage whenever I flew because my backpack qualified as carry-on. Toward the end however, my backpack was packed with stuff from all over the world and it became mega-heavy.
Even though I lived out of a backpack, I still think I took too much stuff with me. When I left, I packed:
- 7 shirts
- 3 pairs of pants
- 5 pairs of shorts
- 1 sweater
- 2 jackets
- 6 pairs of socks
- 3 pairs of shoes [2 pairs of flips flops and 1 pair of sneakers]
Whenever you pack, I guess, you always imagine the worst-case scenario and pack extra to be safe. I didn't need 2 pairs of flip flops, even though I took two just in case one pair ripped or something. Well, when travelling, extra stuff becomes a burden. Some wise person said, "nobody wishes they packed heavier."
So true. Because I had so much stuff I wasn't wearing, I gave away a jacket, a pair of pants, and a pair of shorts. In Turkey, I threw away 2 shirts that were filthy and wreaked of Mongolian dirt. In Israel, I lost all of my socks after I gave them to be washed and never got them back.
Packing light is no big deal. When travelling internationally, you can always BUY whatever you need for cheap at some flea market. When I lost my socks, I just got some cheap ones to wear until I came home. Simple as that.
Even though I am home for the time being, my journey is far from over. This is a little pit stop. My voyage is only just beginning.