24. Simplifying

Simplifying: Condensing your life into one rolling backpack is a humbling experience, to say the least. Amy would say that it’s terrifying. She has said it’s terrifying.

Sloan: Good news! I just checked the weather in Delhi – it’s 70 and sunny!


Sloan: What’s wrong?
Amy: When you said “the weather in Delhi” it scared the hell out of me.

It scares both of us to think of the entire year at once, to think about what we’re leaving, who we’re leaving and what we don’t yet know. There’s no fear involved in taking a two-week vacation, because the end is so pitifully close to the start. But a whole year? Impossible to reconcile, so we have agreed to take it one country, one meal, one harrowing rickshaw ride at a time. The first step is accepting that we’ll live out of these backpacks for the next year. We know it’s a good thing, simplifying our lives, because it’s the only way we’ll manage the incredible experience of the next year. Still, it boggles an American mind.

We’re almost packed.

We leave tomorrow.


  1. Anonymous says:

    We miss you guys! It will be such an amazing adventure I”m sure

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh- and just in case:
    I forgot to pass along my secret to surviving the worst diarrhea/sickness of my life (I won’t go into detail except to say that I threw up on Whit)


    You can get it over the counter in Mexico, so I assume you can elsewhere, too


  3. Anonymous says:

    here’s to hoping it’s as hard to unpack as it was to pack

    ps-see you on the other side

  4. kate says:

    Wow, Gas-X made the cut.

    I guess cumin does back up on you.

    Good luck with that.

  5. If you leave here tomorrow, will you still remember me? For you must be traveling on now…too many places you’ve got to see. Fly, freebirds, fly!