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Well the VISAS finally arrived. So we are officially able to visit Brazil. What a hassle but if that's the only glitch to our preparations, that's not too bad.

Thanks everyone for the comments thus far. It's cool to see how many folks will be following our adventure. Dwayne even though we didn't need you to pick up our VISA's (thanks for offering) we will try and find you a coffee mug from Starbucks.

We thought you might be interested in our checklist to prepare for this adventure. This is in no particular order but has guided us this past month getting ready.

Finalize itinerary - put copy on memory stick to take with us - Total world Travel to have all confirmations
Book flights - confirm flights with Total World Travel
Renew passports
Confirm travel shots - only need our yellow fever certificates which we got in Africa
International drivers licenses – renew licenses so we can drive in South America (Uruguay, Chile, Argentina)
Start blog/ - falkingoff
Prepare igoogle calendar and send to friends- started this but this blog allows us to post our map on it so did not continue with the igoogle calendar
Renew drivers licenses - make sure our drivers licenses are up to date
Review car insurance – not worth changing coverage will only save $75 while away
Review house insurances – ensure someone is checking on place
Update wills
Forward mail to Darcy
Assign power of attorneys
Signing authority at bank

call Revenue Canada regarding no payroll taxes for 3 months
Review bills to ensure all automatic payment
Review Telus/Starchoice bills to minimal service while away – telus to charge $20/line while away and Starchoice will go 6 months suspended service per account for free
Cars to be stored
House key to family
Scan all relevant documents and put in Safety deposit box - also put on SD drive and put in our money belt
US cash in money belts
Visa applications sent on time

Review camera equipment
Purchase small laptop for trip

Ensure itunes is downloaded on laptop for trip
Test packing two weeks prior to leaving
H1N1 vaccines
Cancel YMCA membership
- can cancel membership for 2 months without penalty. will have to pay $75 renewal fee when return
Check all credit card expiry dates/confirm purchases to South America will occur
Money belt for Darwin
Register for skype on iphone - Darwin now has a skype number but his cell phone has been forwarded to this number to make it easy for calling
Bring sailing license

All checklists have been completed and we are ready to go. We are now visiting family and tomorrow we head back to Calgary where we will finalize our packing. We will post photos of our luggage because I know some of you can't believe we can travel in a backpack only. I know I can't take many shoes with me but I can always buy some new ones in Argentina.....and send them home.

Have fun watching the Grey Cup today

Posted by winmouse 10:50

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Sheesh, this is going too fast for me! I guess my Christmas gift to you can wait being that you need to travel light. I think I'll try anyway.

by Monica

Good luck!! Dar try to stay away from the rum. I will have a few for you.

by Bones

Hey You! I had hoped to Skype with you tonight but my day got freakishly longer than I expected. Bon Voyage you two, have fun, smile, laugh and giggle, drink great wines, meet interesting people, dance well, love often, don't fight, stay out of trouble, enjoy your adventure and know that you will be missed...onward!

by Jake

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