As I leave for my excursion around the world in less than a week I have entered prep mode in a big way. I have figured for some time that there would be certain prudent precautions to take, such as photocopying and scanning important documents so that I would have backups in case of loss or theft. However, the military travel advisor I met with last week also recommended I go through my entire itinerary (such as it is) and write down the contact information for every Canadian embassy and consulate in every country I will be visiting. Its sound information to be sure, but tedious as fuck.
On top of this I still have to procure the Vibram KSO Trek Five Fingers shoes which I mentioned last week. I went on a bit of a wild goose chase through Toronto last night looking for them and I pretty much have one last shot I am betting on before I go: a shipment arriving at Atmosphere may have the KSO Treks in my size. If I am unable to get those shoes, well I will have to rethink things a bit.
To add to this there is still about $200 worth of gear I want to pick up as well as $200 worth of prescriptions which have to be ordered. Luckily, in spite of the cost of these last two, they are all relatively easy to procure. The only problem is that I am trying desperately trying to finish season 5 of The Wire before I go. I have seven more episodes to go so I should be ok, but it has really been interfering with my prep i.e. I got up at 8 today and spent the last three hours watching it when I should have been doing prep.
For my benefit more than yours, here is an abbreviated to-do list that i must complete before I go:
-finish The Wire
-scan important documents
-make a list of important numbers and contact info -visa, bell, embassies, etc…
-order prescriptions (two day turnover)
-sign off on all military claims so I get all monies (sic) coming to me
-pick up last gear required
-SHOES SHOES SHOES
-finish that travel playlist (mebbe spend a morning just downloading songs)
-go on couchsurfing.org and look for available couches beyond just my first city
-have one last night alone with internet porn (note: will have to find a way to remove woman from the equation and come up with a legit reason for why “I’m tired”)
-night out with the boys
-last visit with the family
So yeah I think that’s it. Wow, its a lot easier to blog about this stuff than it is to actually go out and do it.