Hello everyone!!! Well, we have 30 days now until we leave on the Greyhound bus. That is so crazy to us. To think that 30 days from now, we will have no jobs, no home, no cars, only 2 loaded backpacks and a world of adventure ahead of us. We have been busy. We have an ever-dwindling list of things to do before we leave including: sell cars, get more passport pictures, copy all important documents to leave with family and take a copy with us, say bye to everyone, etc. etc. We recently took a trip to North Carolina to visit a possible relocation spot and school for our Ph.D’s, but also met some AMAZING people along our way. We Couchsurfed (http://couchsurfing.com
) during our trip and loved every minute of it. (Jana, Craig, and Jen) Our first host was a single girl named Jana who talked her mom into letting us stay at her house for free (!!!). She leaves on her own trip around the world in July and has travelled extensively in the past. She shared a wealth of information. She introduced us to a friend of hers named Nancy Jane who is currently a tour guide on luxury tours around the world who had some great advice. Then we moved to another city and into the home of another couple named Spencer and Susanna. They were awesome! They had a huge apartment, a cool dog and cats, and shared knowledge from their travels around the world with us. In case you haven’t noticed, we are BIG
fans of the Couchsurfing Project and suggest that everyone interested in travel and culture sign up. After you do, request us as friends! We are also currently seeking people to stay with in Flagstaff, Arizona, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. We have met an awesome couple from Fiji already (through Couchsurfing), who we plan to meet in Fiji. The woman, Lucy, grew up in a small village on the remote island of Kocoma and plans to take us to her village to farm, teach some basic sign language skills, fish, snorkel, and learn as much as possible about village life in Fiji. This is going to be a once in a lifetime experience for us! Amazing how things work out, isn’t it?
On another note, we are sad that we have both now given our 1 month notices at our jobs and will have our official last days on June 27th. We LOVE our jobs and are sad to be moving on, but know that so much is in store for us in the days and months ahead. I had to inform the Residents (the Stars of SON Valley) of my leaving on last Monday. That was a tough thing to do. I know that they have all counted on me in some way, and I them. My one consolation is that I know that they will continue to thrive in their new homes. This has been the best overall experience that I believe I could have gotten at this stage in my life. Jennifer is having to say bye to a lot of hard work she has done. She has begun new programs for the Mississippi healthcare system, has developed curriculum for schools, and has made many wonderful connections as the Program Administrator with the Mississippi Area Health Education Center. We will miss this.
We recently got ourselves set up with SKYPE (http://skype.com
). It is a FREE program that anyone can download, set up a camera on their computer, and place FREE computer-to-computer calls to anywhere in the world! Our SKYPE name is “alsupsworldtravels” if anyone wants to call us to chat about our trip. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in travel! Well, until next time!