A Smaller Suitcase

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A Smaller Suitcase

 “I see that it is by no means useless to travel, if a man wants to see something new.”Jules Verne

I have a few enviable skills but packing is not one of them. No suitcase in the world is fit to contain the multitude of useless junk I consider bringing on even the shortest trips. I am ready for any “what if” and “you never know” scenario. I’m a high maintenance traveler. with a big suitcase.

When Phileas Fogg decided to circle the globe in Around The World In Eighty Days, the 1873 novel by Jules Verne, he did not take a suitcase. “We’ll have no trunks,” he said to his servant. “only a carpet bag, with two shirts and three pairs of stockings for me, and the same for you. We’ll buy our clothes on the way.”

It’s a good thing Phileas Fogg didn’t take a trunk, because dragging one from steamship to railroad to carriage to hot air balloon would have ruined his rapid pace.

My next trip is through France and Germany  and like Phileas Fogg dragging my big suitcase is definitely going to ruin my pace, 

 The European rail system is a great alternative to booking flights across Europe. Travel by rail is far more flexible, with the ability to hop on and off, on a whim, with  no advance booking. The ability to arrive twenty minutes (or less) before departure time, and avoid a security line makes traveling easier.

Carrying my own big luggage on a train makes it harder. In 1873 large luggage was handled by porters but in today’s world it is necessary for a person to carry their own baggage.

I  need a smaller suitcase.to carry the basics. I have to learn to separate the want from the need. It involves a morning and evening routine with less products, vitamins and workout gear. It means more washing and less clothes. Experience has shown me that I always bring too much. Maybe I can start with less and  buy what I need  along the way like Phileas did. I’m only going for a month not eighty days. It shouldn’t be too hard and yet,  I’m still taking more luggage than a carpet bag.

Fly safe

JAZ

  

The Suitcase

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac

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The Suitcase

Sometimes, packing takes me a long time. I would like to take my suitcase out the week before and see what fits but I  can’t because of my dog. I have to wait until the last possible second.

Dogs live in the present moment.  I spend a lot of time and money learning how to live in the present moment. Here is the bad thing.  When my dog sees the suitcase, all he knows is that I am leaving. He doesn’t remember what will happen to him.   In his mind, he will be alone  and there will be no food.. He has forgotten that he might be sleeping with my son,  playing with Olga’s kids,  going everywhere with Julie or hiking  all day with KT. He is not locked up in a kennel.  He gets a lot of attention when I am gone.  He has forgotten that when I return,  he will sit at the front door for three days waiting for these people. He has forgotten that after a big welcome back, he will ignore me for those three days.

He walks into my bedroom  with his tail wagging and  sees the suitcase. His whole body droops. He lies down and puts his paws over his eyes. If that doesn’t work ,  he sits on my clothes as I am packing them.  He  rolls  around on them to leave his smell so I remember him.  When he can’t stand it anymore, he leaves the room . He walks slowly with his head down and his tail between his legs.  He looks back every few seconds to  see if I  understand the severity of what I am doing to him.

He returns an hour later. He is running  with a toy and wagging his tail.  He has forgotten.  He stops short . “Oh no, it’s the SUITCASE ,” and the drama begins  again.

Fly Safe,

JAZ