Not quite in a panic...yet
7/13/12 85 °F
In just over 15 hours I'll be boarding the first of four flights that will eventually get me to Tbilisi, Georgia.
When Mike mentioned that Georgia was on his short list for his summer trip I got very excited. I have been interested in this part of the world for quite a long time. My mother's mother is from Russia and one of my long term goals is to find the village she was from.
This trip allows me the chance to visit a country where the language is similar to Russian but I still have the safety net of having WorldWideMike there with me to help me muddle through. I've traveled to Scotland and Jamaica where they speak English (sort of). I've also been to Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico where they speak Spanish. Like most service industry workers, I have a rudimentary grasp of Spanish out of necessity. It also helps that Spanish is a latin based language so it sounds somewhat familiar. Georgian is COMPLETELY different. I've seen Georgian words with 5 consonants before the first vowel! How am I supposed to pronounce that without sounding like a dithering idiot? We'll have to see.
Tonight has been set aside for final details and packing. Since Mike and I will be moving around a lot (and the 4 flights on two different carriers) I'm just taking my backpack and travel purse. Yes, you can pack for a 10 day trip without taking 3 suitcases. To prove it, here's what I'm taking laid out on my spare bed.
And then, all packed away.
So, now it's off to bed to try to get some sleep before my long 29 hours of travel.
Wish me luck!