Half Way There

Monday 26 July 2010

We’ve had the most hectic week.  After a quick visit to Quesnel, we returned to GP ready to wrap everything up.  We thought we were pretty organized as we’ve had quite a bit of time to prepare but as with moving, things were deceiving.

As we are frantically trying to pack our house, someone decided to buy it.  Great news but would have been even better had it happened a week earlier as it pretty much doubled our ‘to-do’ list.

Packing our suitcases proved to be challenging as well.  It is not very easy to cram your life into 3 suitcases.  Once the house was packed up, I took to packing my things to take with me.  I carefully pulled all of my clothes out of the closet and dresser and neatly piled them according to article (t-shirts, shorts, tanktops, pyjamas, etc.)  Upon finishing, I stood back and this is what I saw:

And it all had to fit into these suitcases:

Did it?  No.

I ended up making cuts. I narrowed out one small box to put in storage and snuck one vacuum bag into our separate larger air shipment.

Our next challenge was fitting all 6 bags into Joe’s 2-door Prelude.

It took some patience, a few rearrangements, and a very uncomfortable 4.5-hour drive to Edmonton but we did it.  Fortunately, we were able to upgrade to first class for our flight to Frankfurt and let me tell you… that is the way to fly.

We each had our own small cubicle with fully automatic seats that laid down into a bed.  We had a 3-course dinner (which was quite good), free alcohol, and no crammed legs or crying kids.  It was fantastic.  Unfortunately, our flight to Libreville is economy and it’s going to feel even worse after tasting luxury.  Not to mention the fact that they have overbooked the flight and are trying to entice passengers to volunteer to stay over with a compensation of 600 euros per passenger (tempting, but this journey is taking long enough!)

One 9 hour flight, a night in Libreville, and a short flight to Port Gentil and we’ll be in our new home.  I don’t know what our internet situation will be for the next while but will try to post when I can!

Below is a picture of Joe having a beer at the airport in Frankfurt.  It is 7 am local time and he's not the only one drinking (and no, I opted for a coffee.)


  1. Ahhh, the adventure is finally well under way! Your packing story is hillarious. I'm with Joe about drinking beer after long flights, it's always noon somewhere. You will earn your elite status soon with the airline and will understand with those long flights business class is the only way to go. You may also pick up some noise reduction head phones just in case your stuck in economy.... I hope you love your new home! Cheers....

  2. Good luck Jay and Joe. I hope everything goes smoothly, and is fairly uneventfull.

  3. I got off a train in Munich, Germany at 7:00 am a few years ago. There were many men walking around the train station with stubbies and pretzels. Beer is apparently the breakfast of champions in Germany!


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