Auston had his last day at his work last week, but he’s actually still working part time consulting from home. He’s loving his new work environment and new work apparel. Plus his commute time is now the time it takes for him to walk from the bed to the kitchen table.
The Farewell Celebration
The time finally came for our last day at work! I had mine on Thursday and when Auston came home from his last day on Friday, we began the celebration (champagne courtesy of Auston’s coworkers). We were also lucky to have our friend Lucas visit for a night just in time before we left.
Unfortunately, the time came to say goodbye to the great friends we’ve met in Chicago. Saturday night was the farewell dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Excellent food, BYOB, and belly dancing. What better way to say goodbye? (or more accurately, until next time!) Thanks Erik for taking all the photos and for being the only one bold enough to dance with the belly dancer! We’re going to miss everyone!
Quitting Our Jobs to Travel the World
At long last, the time has come to make one of the biggest changes leading up to our trip….quitting our jobs. This past week marked a big milestone since both David and I gave our resignation.
There was a lot of anticipation leading up to this moment. It was a sigh of relief to unload our minds with this secret and it is very exciting to be leaving our jobs. Don’t get me wrong, we have both been very happy with our jobs and the experiences we have gained. I have spent the last 9 years with my company, and have had great opportunities and growth. After all, this job is what brought us to Chicago in the first place just three and a half years ago.
The conversations with our bosses went very well and they were happy for us and supportive. In fact, at least 15 co-workers have approached me over the past few days to express their excitement and to learn more about our plan.
The clock is counting down. With our last day fast approaching, there are just 4 weeks remaining before we break away to start our journey.
Auston the Bartender
After 5 days of all-day bartending courses, I am now officially a “certified bartender,” whatever that means. I took a week of from work to complete this course and it was actually a lot of fun. I got a great deal from Groupon to pay for the course and I had the vacation time to use.
I’m hoping this will be an easier way into a new job once we finish our trip and move to San Diego. It’s not exactly quick and easy to find a management job in engineering so I figured I could bartend until I find a job that I really want…assuming I even want to go back into engineering. This may also be a good way to meet people in a new city once we move. This would be a great social outlet since my typical job in engineering doesn’t really lend itself to meeting people I would make my friends.
I’m not flipping bottles just yet but I can make a mean long island iced tea!
Vaccinations for our Round the World Trip
We had our 2 hour travel clinic appointment this week. There was a lot to go over. Yellow fever. Malaria. Typhoid fever. Meningococcal disease. Hepatitis. Traveler’s diarrhea. But we prefer to think of it as Hepapolio Malarangitis B Fever for simplicity.
You name it, we have a vaccine or pills for it. But now we’re prepared for anything (or almost anything). One of us is bound so get sick on this trip eventually. Here’s to hoping it’s not on a plane…
Mexico City Immersion with Frida Spanish School
One of the first things we’re going to do when we leave Arizona in May to travel is study Spanish. We’ve always wanted to learn it and have taken a few years of classes in high school and college. So we decided our first stop while backpacking is going to be Mexico City.
We’re going to be staying there for a month and have signed up to take Spanish classes at Frida Spanish School for the first two weeks as well as staying with a host family. If we like it, we’ll continue there for another week or two. Then we plan to travel around Central America for a couple weeks before starting the next leg of our journey.
Round the World Tickets Booked!
It’s official! As of Jan 20th, our RTW (round the world) tickets are booked! This was no easy feat as Auston will tell you. We used the airline miles that we’ve been saving all year to book them and we just had to pay the tax! Auston spent months researching all the possible destinations, making sample itineraries and verifying all the restrictions. But it paid off and now we’ve got a majority of the trip planned. However, we reserve the right to change it at anytime. We want to remain flexible while we’re traveling so we can be open to any and every opportunity that comes our way.