Happy holidays everyone! Brian and I stayed in Portland this year instead of traveling back to our families in Ohio, and it was a little bittersweet. We don’t mind missing out on the exhausting cross-country Christmas travel but severely miss our friends and family back in the Midwest. Mom and Dad D, Mom and Dad P, Mamaw, Papaw, Granny, Jessi, Scott, Ashley, Lauren (Harper), John, Michael, Matthew, Max and the rest of the P family: we miss you guys more than you will ever know.
There was a holiday bright spot, my sister Amanda came down from Seattle to spend the weekend with us. We ate loads of sugar cookies, drank mimosas, read magazines, and sang Christmas carols for three days straight! (Amanda, you can thank me now for not posting that picture I took of you in your adult footie pajamas).
Anyway, the true reason for this post is to talk a bit about travel gear. I mentioned in an earlier post that Brian and I are slowly going through the process of getting rid of our stuff. It makes the holidays a bit awkward, since we don’t want to take on anything new unless we’re going to use it on our around the world adventure. Well, check out the gifts we got this year- they’re all things we can use on our trip. Thank you families for supporting our dream and gifting us with things you’ve never even heard of before.
Here’s the details on the schwag:
“Where To Go When”edited by Joseph Rosendo. A book for inspiration.
The Rough Guide First-Time Around The World.A book for planning.
The 4-Hour Workweekby Timothy Ferriss. The title speaks for itself.
Eagle Creek travel cubes to save space in our backpacks.
Patagonia long-sleeve capilene. A great underlayer when it’s cold out.
Two quick drying travel towels.Squeeze, roll, and dry
A talking translator. This was a surprise but is awesome! I’ve already learned to say “how much is the taxi?” in five different languages.
A silk sleep sack. For when I’d rather not sleep on those sheets.
A travel journal.To capture my thoughts.
Four pairs of quick drying undies. Wash ’em in the sink and they’re dry the next day.
3 pairs of Smartwool socks.Warm and wonderful.
A Kindle(!!). Good for long bus and train rides and for saving space in our packs.