You pay over a thousand pounds for a snazzy new Dell, complete with a permanent Office licence to ensure ability to use it when offline, only to discover that Outlook is no longer deemed part of Microsoft's Office suite and so you must either pay another $230 or use the inbuilt "Mail" application .... which has only half the features and way too much blue for my liking..... and who the hell is Cortana? doesn't she ever shut up? Getting a little frustrated but hey ho... only 3 days to go!
Packing is also becoming a bit of a challenge, everyone has been so generous with their donations that we are struggling to stick to the luggage weight allowance - despite having 4 cases of 23kgs between us as well as carry on cases. At this point it looks like I shall be wearing every single item of clothing I am taking and have my camera gear all hanging round my neck!
“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins