Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Some of you have heard me say this before, but that's because it's true: going out to post is a lot like Oregon Trail. Unlike my previous international moves where I had to shrink my life down to two suitcases, thanks to the miracle of Uncle Sam-provided shipping I get to take everything I have, and then some. I am loading up the wagon with everything I think I might need to start a new life in a distant land, far away from shopping malls and Whole Foods.

The exact items are a bit different. I've decided to skip the extra wagon wheels and axles in favor of 220 volt kitchen appliances. I did buy some new clothes, but I'm not planning on trading them for help crossing a river. In a move completely against the Oregon Trail ethos I have elected not to bring any ammunition at all, mostly because I do not anticipate coming across many packs of Oreos and cases of Shiner Bock roaming wild across the plains. I'll have to bring my favorite foods with me.

I'm putting off the big Costco run until the very end since we don't have much in the way of extra space in the apartment, but I'm making up the list now. It keeps getting longer and longer but I'm still afraid I'll find myself in Guinea one day lamenting, "if only I had thought to bring some _______!" If you were moving to Guinea for two years what would you bring? For those of you who have spent a lot of time overseas, what did you miss? Difficulty: must be non-perishable and able to survive a long trip in a shipping container and at least a couple of days of tropical heat at the port.

Another way moving to Guinea may be like Oregon Trail:


  1. But hopefully no one in your wagon is going to die.

  2. Kindle, laptop, two pair of underwear, some deodorant... That about covers it.

    Seriously, though, I'd also bring my guitar, and my beer-brewing equipment. You can get hops in Guinea, right?

    And a third pair of underwear. Just to be safe.