And… We’re Off!

If you’re reading this right now, then you have made it to our blog, and our very first blog post at that!  Welcome!

We are assuming that 99.999% of our readers will be our friends and family, so we feel comfortable saying thank you. Thank you for showing interest in our 9-month trip around the globe, and thank you for helping us make this trip possible! We know many of you have had to hear us gloat about our expected destinations over and over again, listen to us ramble on about why we can’t get a pig or buy a house quite yet, and if you’re one of the ‘lucky ones’, you have had Patrick perpetually make fun of your suburban lifestyle – For those ‘lucky ones,’ by the way, I give you full permission to make fun of us endlessly when we eventually and inevitably move out to the ‘burbs.

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Bags all packed up! That big grey bag is entirely scuba gear.

To give you a preview of what’s to come; I, Samantha, will be blogging our trials and tribulations as we travel the (primarily) Eastern Hemisphere, and Patrick will be documenting said trials and tribulations through photos and occasionally videos. The majority of our posts will be summaries of our travels, while we will also be including a few posts on advice we have for those looking to follow in our footsteps.

When we had originally booked our first flight out from the US, we were confident that 12 days following our wedding was PLENTY of time to pack up all our things, and head on our way.  Little did we know, that 11 of those 12 days would be jam packed with dealing with those tiny little things some people refer to as responsibilities, packing up boxes of stuff we didn’t even know we owned, and eating out almost every night to satisfy my ‘last nights in Richmond’ cravings. Just in case you’re wondering, some of those must-eats included: Little Mexico (twice…duh), Citizen Burger, Weezies (for brunch of course), Pearl, Fat Dragon, Gelati Celesti, LOTS of breweries, and of course Buffalo Wild Wings, also known as ‘B to the Double Dubs’ to those of you that are aware of the trifecta (mozz sticks, fried pickles, and boneless wings – no substitutions allowed).

A few tidbits we have learned so far: an 8’x15’ storage unit is NOT big enough for a 3-bedroom apartment’s worth of stuff no matter what the people at the storage unit tell you (we only had a 1-bedroom apartment, and packed it to the brim, seriously… When we open it in 9 months, I expect to have at least one of Patrick’s five movie themed swords come flying down at my face); if you post something ‘FREE’ on Craigslist, you will see it disappear from your backyard within MINUTES by not only one, but three cars scrambling to stuff your junk into their trunks; if you decide to move all of your

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Our storage unit packed to the brim (not shown – Patrick’s five swords)

belongings into a storage unit, do not do it on the hottest day of the year, or better yet, just hire movers – I promise the workout isn’t worth the bruises and swamp ass; when friends offer to house you for your last days in Richmond and to grill you fresh tuna they personally caught, you NEVER turn them down (thanks Dre and Doug 😉 ); and of course the obvious, give yourself more than twelve stinkin’ days to pack up your life and leave the country for nine months.

I apologize for the lengthy post – A five hour flight without functioning ‘entertainment’ leaves little to do beyond dozing off, only to wake up two minutes later with your head jerking up from the shoulder of the stranger sitting next to you – I know I’m not the only one that this happens to… right?? Right??

Any who, we will do our best to keep this blog updated as much as possible, so make sure to check back regularly! If you’re one of the “I only like pictures – Sam’s writing sucks” type, feel free to follow our Instagram: The Extended Honeymoon. I promise to keep the commentary to a minimum.

The next time you hear from us, we’ll be updating you on our adventures in sleepy Mo’orea (accompanied by an incredibly awkward video currently in the making).

Till next time… see ya lata’ suckas!!!

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