When I accepted the unique opportunity to teach in Europe in late 2011 I decided to provide individual kits for students. This means that I have to pack extra, besides clothes for three weeks. All I can say: Thank goodness my husband is coming along – we will be sharing the load, so to speak.
In the couple of weeks prior to this trip I began to think back when exactly it became more difficult to travel. Luggage weight seems to have decreased steadily over the past 12 years – actually today marks one of the saddest days in history. Do you remember where you were when the news began to spread about a plane hitting the World Trade Center in New York?
This year I will roughly above the province of Manitoba on my way to Germany via an eight hour layover in Toronto… oh the joys of living in Saskatchewan. A friend told me years ago: “the trouble with Saskatchewan is that it takes so much longer to get anywhere…” How true this statement was and remains. But enough about itineraries and back to packing:
For months I have been collecting supplies, created individual kits and purchased such items as tracing paper, extra brushes and assemble handouts for participants. When I placed it all into our two suitcases I became quite worried. I large bag of wool roving for needle felting was so bulky that the zipper wouldn’t close. I put on my thinking cap and remembered that years earlier we bought plastic bags that would compress their contents with a vacuum. I quickly located these bags, placed wool roving, foam pieces, kits and fabrics into two large bags. The vacuum hose was placed on the dark circle marked “vacuum hose”, and I began to hope for the best while the vacuum slowly sucked the excess air out of the bags. It was like magic: The huge mountain of supplies suddenly became manageable – they began to shrink in size. Soon each bag easily fit into its designated suitcase leaving enough room for our clothes.
I am already looking forward to filling the space on our way home… But first things first: We are on our way to Germany to first visit my sister with family in Remagen, and then on to Rome for six glorious days. Excited? YES, we are! I plan to blog here and on my travel blog. Make sure to become a follower if you want to be first in finding out where we are!
My next entry will be from Europe. Have a great rest of the week!