With my ticket purchased and departure date set (Aug 25), I have scrambled this past week to pack up my house and move my items to storage. I'm happy to report, it's done.
I will be renting my house partially furnished, so the move was not quite as bad as it could have been. But I did realize: I have a lot of stuff! Am I ever really going to look back on my college coursework? Do I really need two snowboards? Does the Atari even work, or is it just fun to look at? I guess I'll answer those questions at some point in the future. I have heard of many people who come back from extended sabbaticals and sell (most) everything they own.
In addition to packing up the house, I have also packed my bags! It took me a few tries, testing out my assortment of backpacks, looking for the right combination. I was hoping to walk onto the plane with one carry-on and one personal item. However, with the weather in Chile running at 55 degrees and raining (every day), I'm bringing a bit more gear than I had anticipated. Also, I have decided to bring a lightweight sleeping bag for maximum flexibility on accommodations. So I will be checking a bag after all. Disappointing, as DBT prides himself on traveling light.
In my spare time, I visited www.moo.com and created business cards for my new self. I figured they might come in handy as I meet new people and look for opportunities to travel, sail, and/or volunteer.