More about the ordeal of packing later--I have a little horror story regarding that, but need some sleep before I can tell it properly. (Sorry if you are the curious type as you'll just have to wait.)
Here's the plan: leave Sunday afternoon. Fly overnight to Paris (attempting to sleep on plane) and spend day traipsing around cold, foggy, still-lovely-regardless-of-the-weather Paris. Spend Monday night in hostel. Leave Paris Tuesday at noon via Barcelona to Tenerife, where someone from the ship will pick me up at the airport.
(Paris and the Seine River by night, taken from the Eiffel Tower)
I would appreciate prayers for:
*safe travels, and also for hassle-free flights as I am flying with a reduced fare and have to carry papers proving my humanitarian status as well as my exemption from a visa
*safety while exploring Paris
*that my duffel bag will remain completely intact (as compared to my return from Benin last year--that duffel was ready to rip in about 4 seams, and had to be tossed after I arrived home)
*for an easy transition back to ship life: almost no space, few belongings, two minute showers, new roommates, and lots of new crew
Thank you all so much for your encouragement and prayers along the way--I'm excited to get settled in and start telling you more about what I'll be doing this year. I probably forgot to tell you, but I have a new & different job from last year... sorry but details on that will have to wait too. This is already longer than I intended!
Off to bed for one last night at home. Next post will be from either Paris or Tenerife!