So, for those of you that know me well, you know that I'm not the biggest fan of driving. It's not that I hate driving, it's just that I don't care much for how long it takes. Haha. This could be because of the many times I've driven back and forth from Florida to Texas. I'm getting better about it though, I promise!
My upcoming move consists of two parts:
A move back to Texas
A move to PR (with a slight break in Florida before that)
Here are the details:
- Pack my bags for PR - a total of 1 bag of clothes, 1 bag of pictures/books/movies, 1 bag of scuba gear, 1 box of kitchenware, 1 box of shoes and misc. (I'll elaborate on the reasons for all this in a different post)
- Pack my entire house up and move it back to Texas - this starts next week when my parents graciously offered to drive from Texas with a trailer so that we wouldn't have to rent a Uhaul
- Drive 18 hours back to Texas and spend a month with family and old friends :) A joyous occasion !
Now, time to start the excursion to PR!
(Completed in 2 days)
- Fly back to Florida at the end of July and meet up with Evan
- Drive up to Jacksonville, FL (north FL) to ship our cars to San Juan, PR. Rent a van or small bus
- Drive back to Melbourne (central FL) to pick up our bags (approximately 10, and yes we are paying to fly them on the plane.. I promise it's cheaper than shipping) - still the same day
- Drive down to Marathon (the keys, south FL) and spend a couple days with Evan's family (yes, a drive from North FL to South FL in the same day)
- After our cars reach San Juan (approx. 3 days), we rent another car and drive to Ft. Lauderdale (kinda central FL) and spend the night in a hotel before our flight leaves the next morning at 4AM
And that is just the schedule to GET to Puerto Rico... Here's the next step:
(Planned to be completed in one day)
- Arrive in San Juan, Puerto Rico around 9AM and 1.) rent a car OR 2.) beg a friend's relative to pick us up (that part is tentative)
- Drop off our bags and Sophie (oh yes, I forgot to mention that my little dog has to endure all this traveling too) with our friends in San Juan
- Drive back to the port to pick up our cars and this can go several ways: 1.) be surprisingly easy OR the most likely outcome 2.) be extremely difficult, no one can understand what we are asking for and we get charged lots of extra money for no reason AND I get super stressed out because the tax on my car is way more than it was estimated. ** Note to Self - bring a flask of rum, will probably need it**
- Drive back to friend's house after a lot of frustration trying to drive through San Juan traffic (NOT thrilled about this part AT ALL). Load up bags and dog
- Drive to Rincon - approximately a 4 hour drive to the west coast. Find our house that Evan signed a lease on in July (because he is an amazing independent traveler) and move in.
- Sleep on a blow up mattress. Rest. Relax. Eat lots of pan sabao and pasteles
Now.... your move across town doesn't seem so stressful, eh?
Haha, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers!
Of course, I will update here about whether or not we are actually abiding by this schedule :)