“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
It’s one thing to prepare to travel on vacation and it’s another totally different to prepare to travel and live abroad.
For traveling on vacations, most of the times you only need some clothes, passport, money but if you have enough courage not even that since you can go on a hitchhiking adventure. Sometimes you can even get your ticket a few days before leaving, even if you don’t have a place to stay, believe me been there done that. Most of the times you just have to worry about a place to crash at night and if you have a couch it’s good enough.
Moving abroad is a completely different thing. First you have to make sure you have every single document you might need, even if you think that maybe you won’t be needing it, take it anyway, you never know. The passport, criminal records, all your school documents and work papers translated to the language of the country, in our case german. You also have to worry about things you are taking since you cannot take everything, clothes, books lots of them, in our case we are taking 1 book each, the one we will be reading on the airplane and really long flight, almost 24 hours traveling since the time we leave home till the time we land in our final destination. Some of the stuffs left behind will be reaching us there once we are established, but not all of them, just the most important books, some of my prints, that tell the beginning of my story as a photographer, some of our books, I think some cd’s Ana can’t live without 😛 (5ive and Korn albums). But not everything will be going, it’s a new live, so new stuffs, time to let go of lot’s of stuffs.
Clock is ticking and we are running out of time, we still have to go to the Portuguese embassy for some more documents, Queretaro to visit family and say good bye, and there is still the good bye party to organize, well Ana’s mom is working on that – family only party – as to my friends, am meeting them before I go, I hope all of them in the same day, so we can go out for some beers.
Edino Tavares Moniz