I am still in disbelief, but 2012 has finally arrived! I am currently jobless (which I’ve never been able to say in my entire adult life). And, I’ve got a pretty busy schedule for the next four weeks. We are packing and purging the last few things we held onto for our final few months in louisville, and we’ve gotten serious about our planning checklist. There are only a few big items left, like selling some furniture and cramming all the spanish vocabulary into our brains that we can retain. Otherwise, we are starting to feel as prepared as we are going to be and we’re getting antsy about finally being on the road. Below is our staging area in the apartment. We’ve got our major checklists from past planning meetings (with Matt, Bob’s brother who is also going on the trip) up as a constant reminder of what is left to be done. And we’re starting to lay out everything we’ll be taking so that we can begin the grueling process of weighing our gear and figuring out what is going to get left behind. For more on the packing process, stay tuned. My next post will reveal exactly how little clothing I’m attempting to take on a five month journey… not an easy decision.