Q: How do you pack for a 4-month trip?
A: Pack everything you think you’ll need, then put half of it back in the closet.
Despite earlier reports of an unsuccessful practice pack, we have adjusted and are fitting 4 months worth of stuff into 3 big bags: 2 for me and 1 for Kelly. We’re also taking one carry-on bag, 2 laptops and a camera bag. The ship restricts us to 3 big bags each, so we’re all set. We have so much unused space in our luggage, I decided to carry a suitcase full of books with me – and these are books that I’ve already read!
Have you heard of Bookcrossing? Bookcrossing is the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise. It’s a word, really. I looked it up. It was added to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary in 2004. I have registered a dozen books from my personal collection at www.bookcrossing.com and then labeled each book with the unique Bookcrossing ID (BCID) provided.
• Brian Andreas - Going Somewhere Soon: Collected Stories & Drawings, BCID: 197-4311884
• Bill Bryson - I’m a Stranger Here Myself, BCID: 199-4310704
• Garrison Keillor – We Are Still Married, BCID: 778-4334230
• Garrison Keillor – WLT: A Radio Romance, BCID: 769-4334403
• Alistair MacLeod - Island: The Collected Stories, BCID: 161-4311840
• Lucy Maud Montgomery - Anne of Avonlea, BCID: 871-4310867
• Tony Rasch - The Lupine Walker: A Journey, BCID: 938-4311800
• J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, BCID: 482-4311958
• John Steinbeck - Travels with Charley: In Search of America, BCID: 719-4310905
• Paul Theroux – The Old Patagonian Express: By Train through the Americas, BCID: 914-4311702
• Maria Augusta Trapp – The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, BCID: 455-4334397
• John Updike - Rabbit, Run, BCID: 653-4310894
The first book to be ‘released’ will be The Old Patagonian Express at Chicago’s Union Station this Saturday.
Yours in making the whole world a library,