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Life on a stick

How long do you think it takes to download your life on to a memory stick? And more to the point, how many gigs are you worth? The answers are humbling!!!

Three months have gone by incredibly quickly; since our last posting sometime in June, we have sold our treasured home, got rid of most of our possessions by donating, via numerous garage sales and signed up for a year-long adventure in Tajikistan (The Roof of the World) starting October 3rd of this year. To that end, we completed an intensive and intriguing training in Ottawa, Canada with CUSO-VSO for five days. At our training, we met around 25 other volunteers who will be sent out to all corners of the world to help make the world a (little) better place. Without exception interesting, committed and driven people with all kinds of expertise. We have already started creating a new family. The training was fun too, so we shared laughs and tears on this wonderful new Journey. We promised to mention Chiara Marcazzan our Volunteer Advisor(from Venice, Italy) who has helped us so much in this process but we don't want to forget all the other CUSO-VSO staff, who helped us (and the other volunteers) without end.

Now (9/18) it's up to Vancouver to drop off our last boxes and bags, then back to LA, say goodbye to all our Southern Californian friends and on the plane to Dushanbe Tajikistan (after stops in London and Rotterdam) where we will start our new life. Oh, did we tell you to donate all your wealth to our new cause? Get rid of your money, give it all to the world.

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  1. Hi guys! Nice to see an update from you and I'm so excited to follow you on your journey and to read along about all of the adventures that you'll have over the next year in Tajikistan! I hope you're still planning a stop in India at some time? Safe travels - Oct.3 will be here before you know it!

    Xoxo Kisha

  2. Check out NY Times "Travel" article to Pamir Mtns:

  3. Jelte and Christine, Great to connect LA to Dushanbe. Motivated me to do some google searching on Tajikstan- and read through wikipedia flipping through photos on internet. My favorite line: The Dushanbe airport is currently undergoing renovation with funding from un-named sources...
    Hugs, Anne


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