The news is out that we are leaving our jobs for a year to explore the world together and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. One of Eric’s coworkers told him if anyone tried to talk him out of it, the coworker would punch that person for him. While we don’t think violence is necessary, we appreciate the sentiment. And we don’t think anyone is going to try to talk us out of it. Sure, some people have expressed concern about our safety, our health, and our hygiene, but they aren’t saying, “don’t go”. In fact, many are saying, “I wish I had done that”, which makes us feel even better about this seemingly crazy plan. Continue reading “Reason to Go”
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I had been ignoring a nagging feeling that I should look at my passport to make sure everything was in order. In November, Eric and I visited the Paraguayan embassy in New York to obtain visas and Eric had picked up the newly documented passports three days later. I had no good reason to believe there were any issues; my passport was valid for another four years. Continue reading “Passport Panic”
One month before our departure for a year of summer, we are in full preparation mode: packing for the first leg of our trip, gearing up for the bike trip, setting aside clothes for a friend’s wedding and figuring out what is left to put in storage.
Preparation takes many forms beyond packing. On Saturday, we conducted an experiment to find out whether Eric was allergic to the Acetazolamide we were prescribed to prevent or reduce symptoms of altitude sickness. Eric recalled having an anaphylactic reaction to a sulfa drug when he was an infant and has avoided sulfa drugs ever since. The doctor at his travel clinic said, “Acetazolamide isn’t really a sulfa drug. It only has one sulfa ring.” We, of course, have no idea how many sulfa rings are important for an allergic reaction, but she suggested he take two doses in Boston where we would be close to medical care if something went wrong. Apparently, altitude sickness is concerning enough that this experiment is a reasonable idea. Continue reading “Preparation Mode”