T – 14 Days

The countdown until I leave is 14 days. I’m in a bit of a state of panic. I’ve been working my ass off to get client work tidied up and delivered before I leave, as well as trying to buy everything I need to take with me. There is just not enough time in the day!

14 days before a three week trip, what do I still have to do?

Shopping
I still need to find a swim suit! I’m heading to the Galapagos Islands where I will be snorkeling and maybe even swimming with white tip sharks! Yikes! And then, in Peru I’ll be enjoying some beautiful hot springs at Aguas Calientes.

For most women, swim suit shopping is a daunting task. Skinny or plump, it doesn’t matter … none of us are happy with our bodies, so we all end up dreading swim suits. Ok, I’m sure there are a few really smokin’ hot girls who look forward to swim suit shopping and showing off their barely covered bodies, but for the rest of us … it isn’t fun.

I have been to Sears, Silken Lingerie, Wal-mart, Atmosphere and several others. So far, no luck. Well, I had luck, but it would’ve cost me $120! Ouch. Still on the hunt!

Vaccines and Meds
Well, today I took my first dose of the Dukoral vaccine which is drinkable. Basically you mix water, a pack of carbonated raspberry flavoring and a milky white liquid vaccine together and then you try to get it down. Blech. I’m sure a lot of people don’t actually find it that bad, but for me, it was a challenge. It tasted like fizzy salt water, mixed with raspberry and it was kind of icky. However, getting traveler’s diarrhea or cholera don’t seem like good options either, so I’m glad I managed. Now just to do the same thing one more time, next Friday.

Dukoral must be taken a minimum of two weeks before your departure and then you take the second dose one week after the first. The second dose must be one week before your departure.

The day before I leave, I also plan to start my Diamox in preparation for flying into the high altitude city of Quito, Ecuador. My favorite part is that it is a diuretic … Isn’t that just what I need the day before I go away?

Photo tutorials
I still need to put together some tutorials for the photo enthusiasts that I’m leading on Peru Through the Lens. I also want to put together a couple of fun little assignments, but haven’t had time to think about those yet!

Language
I know about 290 spanish words and phrases. I’d like to think that’s pretty good. BUT, I have no idea how to put them together in sentences! Yikes! So, if one word sentences will get me by for three weeks, I’m doing good. However, I’m thinking I still need to do an awful lot of studying before I go!

Camera
I need to learn to use my camera! I bought a brand new Lumix TS3 underwater camera with GPS. I swear it is the coolest thing ever, but I haven’t had time to read the manual, or even to turn the thing on yet. I did however, charge the battery! Yay me! However, that battery hasn’t made it into the camera yet. I think this may be a task for me while I’m visiting New Brunswick next week.

Side note …
My Young & Fearless – Inspiration of Cancer Survivors art show is opening at the Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery in Florenceville, NB on February 2nd (8 days before departure). I’ve had loads of work to do to get this ready, promote it and now I’m heading to NB for four days to deliver and set it up, host a *cross your fingers* kick ass opening night and then drive four hours back home to Halifax … one week before departure! Bad timing, but what can you do …

Packing
I’m feeling pretty confident that I don’t have too many things left to purchase before my trip. However, I haven’t done a test run on packing everything yet. Who knows if all of those things are going to fit in! Guess I’ll find out a few days before I leave! I don’t have time to do a test run before then, so I might as well set myself up for the last minute packing attack now!

These tasks are just the big ones. Even worse are the million (and no, I don’t feel that is a stretch) little things that need to be done.

Leaving the country for three weeks is stressful! I can’t wait for the moment when I step on the plane at the Halifax airport and breathe in the realization that I’m going to see some of the most fantastic animals and sights ever. Wow! I think for the first time since I got the call to say that the trip was going forward, my stomach just did a flip-flop. Ok, maybe I’m already a little excited … now back to work!

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