Decisions, decisions…………..

It’s quite simple really. The suggested packing list in the Book Bus Handbook and the South African Airways (economy class) baggage allowance, of  20 kg, don’t match up!

The back bedroom is awash with an A-Z  of clothing, camping equipment,  toiletries, First Aid bits and pieces , and travel documents. There is just no way it’s all going to fit  and some tough decisions will have to be taken over the next 24 hours!

Given that my usual travel experiences revolve around  photography, reading, and listening to music (eating and drinking are given!) my luggage priorities are always camera equipment, books and my iPod.

I’ve had to restrict myself to two lenses, to accompany my Canon EOS 1000D camera, an 18-55 zoom for everyday shots and a longer, 75-300, in the hope of possibly ‘shooting’ some Zambian wildlife.

I had settled on curling up in my sleeping bag with Nelson Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ and the final part of Stieg Larsson’s, excellent Millennium trilogy –‘The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’ , but sadly these are rather too hefty and will have to wait until I return home.  

Instead my torchlit reading will be Elleke Boehmer’s, more modest pocket-sized, ‘Nelson Mandela – A Very Short Introduction’ and the slimline, Teach Yourself  volume, ‘Fast-Track French’, in preparation for my VSO work in Rwanda later this year. According to the blurb, 35 minutes French revision each day, whilst I’m away, and I should be back up to Foundation Stage GCSE level by the time I get home – we’ll see!       

By the way, Monkey says he can help me with a  few French phrases such as :

“Avez vous  cuppa?”   

Whilst loading the accompanying French CDs on to my iPod, I took the time to do a bit of ‘house keeping’ with regard to my iTunes. I have an eclectic taste in music.

I’ve been playing on ‘shuffle’, whilst writing, and  the play list went something like this:  

Carole King, Oasis, Stereophonics, Simon & Garfunkel, Bueno Vista Social Club, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Amy Winehouse,  Mozart,  David Bowie,  Florence  and the Machine, the Jacques Loussier Trio!   

The albums on your iPod, rather like the books on your shelf,  are said to reveal quite a lot about you. I’m  not sure what that selection says about me! 


2 Responses

  1. Just want to say Bon Voyage (in case I don’t get around to it later) and look forward to hearing all about it on your blog. Jo and Matt had a baby girl last night, all well (you might already know – but know you will be interested to hear). Take care of yourself and enjoy the experience.

    • Thanks Viv!

      I’m pleased Jo has delivered at last! I’ll bang a congrats email off to Jo and Matt.

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