I've really enjoyed my trip down memory lane - opening up my journal from 1995 and writing about my depression and angst. So...I will continue.
Dear readers, the past few posts have been excerpts from a journal I kept the year after I graduated from college - these ARE NOT my current thoughts or feelings. Although I empathize with anyone who has experienced (or is experiencing) these feelings, I am not currently depressed, sad or lonely. But, I thank you for your tweets and comments of concern.
Last we left off, I was on August 15th, 1995 I think I will thumb through a few pages. The depression of yesteryear is, quite frankly, depressing me. I want to get to the backpacking trip. I have listed below all of the items that were in my journal in preparation for this trip.
The Plan(On the top of the page, it reads: May God and All That Is Mighty Give Me the Strength!!!)
- Friday, August 18 - Carbondale
- Friday, August 15 - 18 days 'til dooms day
- Friday, September 1 - Put in notice
- Monday, September 4 - Absolute last day to give notice
- Friday, September 8 - Austin, Texas
- Friday, September 15 - Get paid
- Monday, September 18 - ***Last Day***
- Friday, September 22 - ****Absolute Last Day Of Work****
- Monday, September 25 - Day of Departure!
My Budget - might actually make you smile
- Housing - $775.00 ($25 x 31 days)
Eurail Pass - $500.00 (15 day pass)
Food - $300.00 ($10 a day)
Museums - $200.00
Miscellaneous - $500.00 (transportation, souvenirs, medication)
Entertainment - $500.00
I also had a list of Pre-Expenses, now these are really, really funny!
- Swiss Army Knife - $20.00
Backback - $200.00
Shoes - $100.00
Small Backpack - $100.00
Film - $50.00
Books - $20.00
Journal - $10.00
Vitamins and Energy Pills - $20.00
Money Belt - $200.00
Notes for packing. What does a 23 year old girl pack in 1995 when she is about to embark on a 3 month trip (alone) to Europe.
- Film / Camera
- Nail polish
- Safety pins
- Swiss Army knife
- Travel tooth brush
And what about clothes?? You might be surprised, I pack light.
- 1 Sweater
1 Pair of jeans
1 B.R. Pant (what is this??)
1 Longsleeved shirt
2 Short sleeved shirts
1 Skirt or Dress
1 Pair of tights
1 Legging (oh look, they were in style back then too)
1 Khaki shorts (Really?)
3 Pairs of Socks
4 Pairs of underwear