June 3, 2012
18 days until we leave on our great adventure and everything is falling into place. The rough plan is to spend four months in Peru then two months in Guatemala and Belize. While we're in Peru, Bethany and Sierra will go to Kusi Kawsay, a Waldorf inspired school based on local Andean traditions in Pisac, near Cuzco. Tanya and I will do volunteer work wherever we can while the girls are at school. The last few months have been a mad scramble to get everything ready for the trip. At first it seemed like an overwhelming morass of arrangements needing to be made. However, now it feels like the never-ending tasks, previously expanding and multiplying and remaining resolutely incomplete, are coalescing into some semblance of order. So far we've bought our flights, renewed passports, started to learn Spanish, organized coverage for Tanya's class for the fall term (thanks Carron!), and found people to rent our house while we're away (thanks Michelle and Veronika!). Still to do: getting shots for yellow fever, hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus, and diphtheria; picking up anti-malarial tablets and mosquito nets; buying and stacking one more cord of firewood for when we return in the winter; organizing a farewell party and fundraiser for Kusi Kawsay; and packing!