Bags packed and ready to go


ME: “So, we should think a little about packing.”

SEVEN: “Why? I’m just going to take some shorts.”

If you ask me, packing is almost the hardest part. I have been thinking about packing for months now — what to pack, what not to pack. But even before I got down to that there was what to pack it in.

Here is the vision I had ages and ages ago, finally actualized on my aunt’s lawn in South Pasadena, California on the morning of our departure from the US. Everyone carries his own (for anyone who’s curious they are mediums, i.e. pretty small) and they’re a cinch to spot on the baggage carousel.

Do you suppose if I sent a link to LL Bean they’d give me a a turquoise one?

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7 thoughts on “Packing”

  1. Hi Christina

    Hope you received my email … thought you were doing a Kontiki raft-type adventure, but I see you are flying here and there … Still, it will be bloody exciting for you and whanau. I once read heaps about Paul Gauguin languishing on the Marquesas Islands. Once, I thought Gauguin was the best thing about 19th century art!

    All the best anyway

    Kia kaha e hoa ma


    1. Good to have reached you Laurie. Bill Corbett sent me a copy of the Epigrams of Martial (sp?) the other day. What a wonderful surprise, I’ve always had a soft spot for that book. Terrific to see a US edition. Much love.

  2. Yes, no 101-day drift voyage for me, thanks! It’s interesting, I’m finding that people out here are still mad at Heyerdahl…learned some interesting details about his Fatu Hiva book the other day. It had an awfully big impact on what were pretty remote islands….

  3. Lovely colors and very rugged looking. I’m sure there’s a reason they don’t roll. I know two people who work for Bean if you want to angle for a turquoise one.

    1. Yes! I really do. The bags are holding up wonderfully well so far, let’s see if the seams and zippers make it to the end. I’m betting they will.

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