Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I'm Melting! I'm Melting!

Time for a bit of self-indulgence. We had mapped out our remaining schedule, which would take me on my travels thorugh early November. Then my folks would visit for three weeks, and then we we would wrap up in the middle of December. But Life throws curveballs.

In early November, both Adam and I got sick; nothing serious (and Susan found a marvelous doctor nearby, whom we heartily recommend to anyone venturing to this part of the world). Then my parents had to cancel their trip - long story, but everyone's ok -- so November turned from a time of anticpation to one of routine. And then -- typical American gripe -- our AC burnt out last week. It handn't been a problem until today, when the daytime highs reached 100F. We were really swealtering,. The AC should be fixed tomorrow, but one never knows. Earlier in the week it had been unseasonably cold, so we were in one day asking for heaters, the next asking for ac.

Our current plans have us traveling to New Zealand from 12/16-12/22, then to LAX on 12/24 to get some quality time with the parents. Then back to Madison on January 2.

It is hard to believe that we're really winding down. Susan has begun shipping our winter clothes back home - they're no use to use here, and will be extremely valuable back in Madison. Plus we don't know how much "liquid" we're able to carry on. If the restrictions extend to 750ml bottles of Glenlivet 18, the UN Commission on Human Rights will receive a sternly worded letter of protest.

This is the challenging part of international travel -- the routine (which is, really, an accurate measure of how most people live their lives here) bracketed by shorter periods of unbelievable adventure.

But, oh, man, is it hot!


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