Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015! Continue reading
On October 25th, we had been invited to talk about our world trip and in particular our experience with the Servas network worldwide during a local gathering of Servas US members in Los Angeles. Continue reading
Thursday June 26 Nadine and I gave our first public presentation about our world trip after our return to Los Angeles. Continue reading
Los Angeles is known for a concentration of celebrities, Beverly Hills and the endless amount of Rags-to-Riches tales. Continue reading
One of the qualities of life in Los Angeles is the immediate access to nature. Continue reading
During our house sitting gig in Sierra Madre we discovered the semi-secluded community of Little Santa Anita Canyon. Continue reading
Our trip continues a little longer: We are now vagabonding across Los Angeles sitting houses while looking for jobs. So we thought it would be interesting to discover Los Angeles with fresh eyes. Continue reading
We left Los Angeles over 12 month ago to engage in other cultures and refresh our view of the world. Continue reading
Finally everything is packed, stored, sold, given away or trashed. The house is cleaned, keys handed over and the Smart found a safe place in a garage. All there is left to follow us around the world is 32 pounds of clothing, computers and toiletry separated into 2 backpacks.
On ferme tout! La Smart est au garage, la maison est vide et nous sommes pret a partir.
The last days: Time slips through our fingers. Cutting corners. How much is too much prep? We need to get out of here! The storage starts reaching it’s limits…
The last 2 days were packed with “last time” activities: Tai Chi class at Friday nights, having drinks with friends at Donna Rosa, dinner with friends, shopping at Trader Joe’s, BBQ…
We said good-bye with something which became a trademark of LA for me: A BBQ in a friends backyard. Coming from Berlin I always find it amazing that you can rent your own house with garden in the middle of a city where you can have BBQs all year around.
Thanks Shelley and Detlef!
The group photo shows only a few of our friends who stopped by. Thanks everybody!
How did people travel without online banking, credit cards and pay pal?
These days you just take a bunch of credit cards and ATMs and you are all set. Or so you would think: If you are a real world traveler you are always looking for an opportunity to safe a buck towards your next meal or accommodation. Longtime travelers like Nomadic Matt and Wandering Earl did some serious writing about this. The two guys from Voyage autour du Monde even analyzed their own budgets and other travel blogs and came up with an average daily budget per country. This way you can balance your itinerary around the world between cheap and expensive countries to make it fit your financial resources – and last longer.
We will find out if all the theory will play out as expected.
5 days to departure. We take a breather in our favorite gelato place Pazzo in Silver Lake and go over the lists. Looks like we are doing good; just need to tie up some loose ends in the next days. So we kick back and enjoy our gelato and the mild LA evening.
Our Honda is gone but there is still so much more to move! We are putting our Smart to the test when Nadine does a run to the “Out of the Closet” donation center to drop off whatever we couldn’t sell at the garage sale.
Meanwhile, at home, I did a try run packing my suitcase. Looks like I should get away with 22lbs/10kg max. As recommended on multiple travel sites I use compression bags to reduce the volume. Smart thinking!
Later in the day we stopped by the Army Surplus Store to buy some warm base layer, socks and gloves. In this store you can find great equipment for a quarter of the price you would pay at any other outdoor outfitter shop – if you can ignore fashion . Smart shopping!
Last week we spend boxing, selling and trashing our current belongings. Today, eight days before our departure, we started buying our gear. After months of research and checking out equipment we have our shopping list ready to be executed. I’m not going into the details. Anything you need to know about packing for an Around-the-World trip you can find at Voyage autour du monde, Never Ending Voyage, Ridiculously Extraordinary or Thinking Nomads.
I’m just saying: We are getting close!
Yesterday morning the professional vultures were already waiting in their cars in front of our house watching us carrying out our treasures. Watches, gold jewelry and computer parts were in demand – nothing we could provide. The vultures made room for the treasure hunters who were followed by the bargain hunters and eventually the late risers.
iPhone apps where used to scan ISBN book barcodes to identify a bargain, a local photo student came by to take pictures for a school project and an older Mexican gentleman shopped for little gifts to bring home to family and friends. While a set of liquor glasses will pretty soon board a plane with the Mexican gentleman our radiator made it only into the cold basement of our neighbor.
My Tai Chi teacher Sifu Sun Anguang allowed me to record him performing the Chen and Yang style long form routine. I want to continue practicing Tai Chi during our trip. The recordings should help me as a guidance.
I feel very honored that I got the privilege of these recordings.
For anybody in Los Angeles who wants to learn any style of Tai Chi I can only recommend Sifu Sun Anguang’s Tai Chi Academy in Alhambra. Say Hello from me when you go!
We can’t wait to discover all the tasty foods waiting for us on our way.
When you set your mind to travel for a year with carry-on only you can’t believe all the “junk” you collected over the years and carried around with you.
Last night at a dinner somebody asked us where we would send things to. “Things””didn’t register with us right away. She was talking about the collectibles we would acquire on our trip. We never thought about this. Our mind is set to reduce ballast. Our home is a virtual place for the next year and collecting items to decorate a future physical home didn’t cross our mind.
I guess we deal with it when we cross this bridge.