Packing and shipping (ourselves included)

After spending a long-ish time looking for a moving company that doesn’t charge a fortune, we settled for sending our stuff by Chine Post.

We went to the post office with 3, 20 Kg suitcases, only to be told we can only send objects in boxes and not in suitcases. That was quite annoying… mainly because we’re going to have to send at least 10 such boxes, which is going to end up more expensive than sending the same total weight in fewer containers. But, to be honest, at this point i don’t care – i just want to ship everything out as soon as possible.

In any case, 3 boxes have been shipped and we’re going to get a few boxes a week through. Some things are going to be left behind of course…. Our beloved vacuum cleaner being the first casualty of the selection process. If anyone’s looking to buy an as-good-as-new vacuum cleaner, give me a call.

On a slightly more exciting note, preparations for shipping ourselves are also in progress! Two tickets from Pudong to Hanoi have been booked! Leaving SH on July 26th, 22:10 and arriving to Hanoi at 1 am on the 27th. Feels like this is really happening, watch this spot.



Starting to take shape

Today, after postponing proper planning of our travels for way too long, we opened “Lonely planet: Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and greater Mekong region”. we then stared at the pictures for a while and closed it without actually planning too much…

We have decided to take a plane from Shanghai to Hanoi, instead of the other option which was a 40 hour train from Shanghai to Kunming (Yunan) and the a bus through some rice terraces to a boarder crossing in northern Vietnam. This decision is one part lazy, one part practical – as Danit’s visa will expire soon and we don’t want to be pressured to cross the boarder before she become illegal. Our likely date of departure will by July 26th, but we haven’t booked tickets quite yet.

In the mean while, the time has come to start packing. We’re putting things into any suitcase we have and sending them by post, 20 Kg at a time, back home. They should be home before we get there, but only just. In China post we trust.

I’m going to try to keep this blog up to date with info on our travel planning and travel. hopefully posting some pictures here as we go along.