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Thursday, December 14, 2000

About a day and a half before we go, it's time to think about what to bring. On the one hand, we generally travel light, preferring to worry about what we need once we get there. Just bring enough clothes to last a couple of days, any medicine you need, and a few toiletry articles such as a toothbrush and toothpaste.

This trip, however, makes us think about what else we may need. What will the weather be? We may need to think about what to do while stuck inside. Perhaps we'll need something so we can entertain ourselves, such as the banjo. A banjo also has the side benefit that we can charge the other guests to entertain them, or to just quit playing.

Will the food in this former British colony be edible? Perhaps we should bring some food or our own as a backup, or means to make our own food. Will it want to rain during our planned hikes up the volcanoes? If so, maybe we should bring umbrellas.

Once you've been somewhere, it's easy to know what you should bring. But, this is our first trip outside of the North American continent. So, we'll be just a little conservative. Just a camera. Oh, and a computer so we can send pictures back on the Internet. And maybe a video camera. Oh, a book or two. Maybe a copy of the CD we just made of 5 songs that Kathy and I have recorded. Don't forget that it will be our 25th wedding anniversary on the 20th of December, so we'll need our posh frocks. Well, the decisions go on and on.

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