I’ve been struggling with the concept of preparedness for the past few days. The way I’m used to traveling is booking most things in advance, armed with a stack of information culled from the Internet and hearsay from various sources. But this time things feel a bit different. No matter how much I’ve read and asked, I still feel some anxiety about being in countries where I don’t speak the language and have no clue what the system is. “are there ATMs available?” “is it advisable to book a hotel ahead of time?” “where can you pick up a bus to the airport?”
“how much sunscreen should I really actually bring?”

But then I try to remind myself – it’s about being flexible and open more than anything else. I won’t know what it’s like until I actually get there, and there’s only so much preparation one can do remotely! I try to remember back to when I first arrived in Italy for my year abroad and how I felt. It was nervewracking and thrilling all at the same time – I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. But once I got over the nervous bit and realized that throwing myself full on into life in Florence was the only thing I could do, it ended up being one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of my life.

So periodically I have to remind myself to step away from the computer, take a deep breath and remind myself that we WILL be prepared if we can keep ourselves flexible. (ok that’s a partial lie, Wayne drags me kicking and screaming from the computer telling me I need to stop doing searches on Lonely Planet’s forums.)


2 thoughts on “Preparedness

  1. wayne.surber says:

    <html><body bgcolor="#FFFFFF"><div>I think it is about openness. Something that as Americans, as New Yorkers, we’re trained away from to a large extent. This is going to be an incredible journey and we’ll wish we had gone longer and planned even less.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>I’m just thinking, thank god it’s almost here.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>Besides, we only need to have basic speaking skills in like 8 more languages ;~)<br><br></div></body></html>

  2. Chef, I am so happy to read this mission statement. You’ve worked so hard and I’m excited for the many discoveries you and Tracie will share as you experience the world. Godspeed and be safe, have fun on your journey!

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