Packing our bags…

Today we started packing our bags. Now as you could have been reading in earlier articles, people started asking us WHAT we were going to take and especially HOW.

As we did not really know the answer to those questions neither (except for some general ideas like “not too heavy” and “not too big”) we decided to put all the basic stuff we wanted to take together and have a look at the result.

Then it is also very important to look at “personal stuff” each of us wanted to take: Vera being more of a sweet-ache, wishing to take Nutella, candy, chocolate and a bottle of Martinti and Jean-Christophe as a real French would not leave the country without a good bottle of wine, cheese and sausages (did anybody notice the presence of a laptop? Anybody still convinced that my boyfriend is not a geek?).

So if you make a simple count, you will quickly see that all this is not going to fit into our backpack.

Summing up!

So we took things out in order to fit everything in. :-( Result: 11 kg for each of us and a sparkle of hope that we might be able to find some good cheese and some Nutella in Russia. ;-)

Vera & Jean-Christophe


  1. Posted July 29, 2007 at 23:22 | Permalink

    ????,???? (qian li zhi xing, shi yü zu xia)
    just to show off, quoting Laozi in chinese.
    And, hey Mister Geek, haven’t think of a more portable device ?

  2. Posted July 30, 2007 at 1:26 | Permalink

    At least, Tweety, did you translated from English in Chinese, or did you just google it?

    As for the more portable device, I of course thought of something more portable ;-)
    One was an ultra tiny and light laptop from Sony. The problem was: it is not affordable.
    One was a PDA + a foldable keyboard. This was retain, as I had an old Palm that could do the job… but I will miss my laptop… ouch… I mean our laptop…

    As for what I had wished to take there was a bottle of Champaign, comics and a “jamboneau”… They are on the picture too. Unfortunately they will also stay on the picture, there is no space left in my backpack for them :-(

  3. marc
    Posted July 30, 2007 at 10:52 | Permalink

    Just take te Jamboneau and eat it the first day with the bottle of wine? :D

  4. Posted July 30, 2007 at 13:47 | Permalink

    I asked for the original sentence from my soon to be wife. I am not reading Laozi in Chinese!
    So at least I can learn something. If I had google it, it would have just been a simple copy/paste.

    About portable device : HTC does some very nice stuff. combine phone/computer and foldable keyboard. Cheaper than a Vaio, and replace you cellphone as well. Well, anyway, too late now !
    You’ll have to carry your (there is 2 people behind this ‘your’ ok ?) laptop around the world.

  5. Vera
    Posted July 30, 2007 at 14:26 | Permalink

    @Thierry: Cellphone??? On a worldtrip??? No, no, no, no, noooo!!!! ;-)

    And then I think you did not understand quite right what JC explained you above. We are taking a PDA (a Palm) with a foldable keyboard in order to keep track of what we are doing (our travel memoires if you like). So not very big and not very heavy. No laptop! :-)

  6. Posted July 30, 2007 at 14:59 | Permalink

    Oups, my mistake. True, true, I didn’t get the palm story as the retained option. But reading the post again, it was perfectly clear in fact.
    So traveling super light anyway !

  7. Posted July 31, 2007 at 15:49 | Permalink

    Hey Vera,
    I hope there was still enough space in your bag to take along the Martini. You know… this stuff is essential! ;-)
    Have a great time!

  8. Posted August 3, 2007 at 11:21 | Permalink

    Hé hé,
    Good trip!
    Could not enlarge the map, but remember that from South China, if you pass though Laos, you may arrive in Luang Namtha, where there is our communication base, and which is about 3 hours drive from where I work (Muang Long, heart of gold triangle).
    I will be here until mid-October, so you are welcome anytime, the house is nice and big, the beer is good and it is difficult to a more remote and typical place in south east asia than Muang Long (maximum 10 tourists in one year).
    As we have no power supply in Long, if you pass to namtha, you can ask for ACF office, or better call me 0205 08 69 56.
    take care

  9. Jean-Christophe
    Posted August 4, 2007 at 21:49 | Permalink

    Julien, ca serait super sympa de se rencontrer la bas! Je te contacterai quand on approchera du Laos :)