So I find myself traveling again. This time to Latvia and Lithuania. It’s just a short trip. I’m excited to go. Traveling is also a bit stressful, but always worth it.
This morning some of the things going through my head were “Oh God, I hope I don’t miss the bus, or the connecting bus, or the flight, or….” You get the idea. I think getting to the airport and getting through the airport in plenty of time is the most stressful part of traveling – not the traveling itself.
Packing is always fun. This was a new one for me because I’m just taking a backpack with me – no carry-ons. I’m not going for very long and I’m alone, so packing light is important. How much stuff do I pack. We’ll, not much is what I determined was the answer. I figured out that if I pull together everything I need and put it on the bed and then go through it a second time, I’ll pull out stuff I don’t actually need. This worked out well – my backpack wasn’t bulging at the seems, but it was pleasantly full.
Phones are a bit tricky. There won’t be phone service with my current carrier when I get there. Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal. The only issue is, like I said before, I’m traveling alone. Thankfully in this age, the internet is a blessing – I can Skype my family to let them know I’m safe and sound when I arrive.
Otherwise, I’m feeling good, excited, a bit nervous about finding my way around without someone I already know that I can bounce ideas off of. I’m excited to see these two places I have never been before, but have know about for a long, long time.
Riga is also the name of the town that was near the one I grew up in. And the Hill of Crosses I had heard about 25 years ago from my pastor who was from Lithuania. I always though it would be awesome to go see it. Now I’m getting the opportunity – amazing how life turns out, isn’t it?