Third Travniversary!

Third Travniversary!

Here’s how it began…

4 days before we left. Apartment was almost empty, so we thought we could try on our chearleading skills. I think we did quite alright. There used to be a table, a sofabed, and a television in that corner.

Exactly 3 years ago we were running around frantically, trying to tie up all the loose ends and close down our normal life, to start our homelessness. I mean, our vagabonding life.

36 hours before departure, not more than 10 seconds I could afford to close my eyes to sleep. An apartment that should be empty for inspection was still messy and dirty. Stuff still piled up in the corners. I hadn’t packed my backpack yet!

6 hours before departure, Ryan still went to work for his last day in the office.

4 hours before departure, the car his father lent us to empty our apartment, broke down. Hopelessly dead, stuck in the parking lot.

3 hours before departure, Dina panicking beside an empty backpack and a big heap of clothes. She couldn’t decide on 4 shirts to bring.

2 hours before departure, Dina had a breakdown. Bouncing off the walls, blind with panic, eyes won’t focus because of sleepiness. Travel documents still scattered everywhere.

Ryan was still in the office.

The next 2 hours passed in blur. Ryan’s coworkers came to push the dead car into a parking spot. Ryan’s brother came to help clean up the apartment. We couldn’t have made it without them – second thoughts, how could we leave our friends and family? Who would we depend on when we’re far away?

A few things to keep, but most for donation. We didn’t plan to go back. The hobos from nearby Salvation Army had a great time dividing up our  junk.

Closing down our apartment. Our normal life. Trying to fit all our possessions in 2 backpacks. Leaving for only God knows how long. No plan on returning.

3 years ago, we both slept like a couple of babies, during the 2 hour van ride to the US border.

The bridge to the future...

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17 Responses to “Third Travniversary!”

  1. Erica
    16 April 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    Congrats guys! I can only hope that we can celebrate 3 years one day! <3

    • Dina
      18 April 2012 at 5:56 pm #

      Thanks, and you will!!

  2. Kim
    17 April 2012 at 10:28 am #

    Wow, three years. I’m so impressed! And, yes, I sure do hope our departure goes a *little* more smoothly!!!

    • Dina
      18 April 2012 at 5:58 pm #

      I bet it will, hard to stay awake for more than 36 hours!

  3. Jaime
    17 April 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Wow… that is crazy. I still remember the night before my big trip like it was yesterday. Congrats on 3 YEARS that is amazing. Hope our paths cross again & soon.

    • Dina
      18 April 2012 at 6:00 pm #

      Thank you! Definitely you are one most memorable part of our journey, that crazy night in Masaya :D :D Let’s have another adventure next time!

  4. Heather
    17 April 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Aww, congrats on three years! I’m so glad we got to meet in Oz and hope we do again one day.

    • Dina
      18 April 2012 at 6:01 pm #

      Thanks, Heather! Wondering whare are you now, North America? We are going there next month!

  5. Sabina
    4 May 2012 at 3:23 am #

    Wow – your memories of that day three years ago are still so vivid they make for a great blog post! I was caught up in the excitement and anxiety as I read it. Happy 3rd travel anniversary!
    Sabina´s last post…8 Things You Need to Know Before Traveling to Israel

    • Dina
      24 May 2012 at 2:51 pm #

      It was a weird moment. So sleepy yet so anxious, I remember that day so well, hahaha. I also remember your last day before going to Australia!

  6. Jeremy Branham
    5 June 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    I would have freaked out over your last few years. No way I could have handled that! Geez, what a crazy way to start the trip. I guess this is where the planner in me comes in. Ironically, organization isn’t my best skill but the planning makes up for it! :)
    Jeremy Branham´s last post…Family airline fee – say goodbye to your family on your flight

    • Dina
      5 June 2012 at 6:14 pm #

      Lol, I was super freaking out. But once we left, everything behind felt like a big blur. Nothing I could do anymore. That’s an amazing thing about leaving, right?

  7. Rob
    20 June 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    3 years is HUGE! Mine is on Sept 16th, 2012. Congrats on not only going but still going aka living the dream. Looking forward to getting acquainted with you very shortly in British Columbia.
    Rob´s last post…On Friendship, Bribery, and Narrowly Avoiding Deportation from Ukraine

  8. Hilarye
    26 June 2012 at 12:45 am #

    So fun celebrating your travinersaries! I think we celebrate them more than our real anniversaries! We just hit 4 this month and hoping for 40 more!
    Hilarye´s last post…How We Travel So Often And How You Can Too!

    • Dina
      28 June 2012 at 4:52 am #

      Happy fourmontharry!!!
      travniversaries are great excuses to celebrate and remembering the best moment of the past journeys :D

  9. Samuel @ Backpacking Travel Blog
    2 July 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Three years is incredible! Congratulations! Here is to many more :)
    Samuel @ Backpacking Travel Blog´s last post…Kek Lok Si Temple | Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia

  10. Donald Cheapstow
    14 August 2012 at 7:26 am #

    A great article, wonderful pictures.
    Happy 3 Years!!!

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