In Preparation for Europe

Things are really heating up, Gentle Reader, between my various practice trips, the List, and on and on and on – I thought I’d bring you up to speed. Bear with me.

After the new year, I had lots of things planned over the next few months: a train trip to Portland,then I’d watch my mother’s dog for a week while she was in New Orleans – then a flight to Anchorage; my mother’s hip surgery. Amongst this chaos, I was still to be crossing things off of the List left and right, as well as packing all my worldly possessions up to go into storage, in preparation for Europe.


Look at it, all smug and nonchalant.

Well. Those events didn’t seem real, until they started coming to pass. Especially as packing things up kept getting put off in favor of things like “Driving Maman to the hospital” and “Having a panic attack because I haven’t driven in two and a half years”.


Things started piling up. Maman’s recovery, while going mostly smoothly, still needs babysitting – after all, she wasn’t walking at all, a week ago. I’ve had to prioritize, putting off valuable contacts and possible patrons, as well as neglect my friends. So it goes.

I’ll be able to make a more solid plan tomorrow, after the surgeon removes the staples from her thigh and gives her the old once-over, to see how she’s recovering. After that, I should be able to make concrete plans. And I will need to make concrete plans.

Remember that list? There are a number of items that I can only reasonably accomplish while I’m in the States, and I finally have a departure date:

March Thirty-First.

This means that if you live in the Seattle-Tacoma area, and you want to see me, your time is very limited. There will be two separate going away parties, at least; the main one is (tentatively) scheduled for Sunday, March 23rd, at the Mix. Of course it’s at the Mix – where else would it be? The other one is being put together by my mother and I know nothing about it.

Blogiversary Extravaganza

I can only imagine that it will look like this.

So! If you have travel tips, tricks, or techniques – please let me know. Ways of making income on the road? Resources for backpackers? Travel hacks? Things you’ve mentioned before and in all likelihood I’ve forgotten? Please share them with me.

If you haven’t yet bought a copy of my book, Patchwork Narrative? Now would be an excellent time to do so.

If you want to buy stuff that I own? Everything must go – even stuff not listed on the “For Sale” page.If you’ve always lusted after a hat, or a sword, or a shirt of mine – send me a message, or drop me a line.


Perhaps something dead, in a jar?

Cheers, my friends. Wednesday’s post should have plenty of substance, don’t worry.

About Ty DeLyte

Madame DeLyte has suffered a grave disappointment - YET AGAIN - and still believes that freedom, beauty, and truth are what's valuable, rather than vulgar cash. He'd add love to that list - but, well, what can he say about love?
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11 Responses to In Preparation for Europe

  1. Natalie DeYoung says:

    I’m so happy for you! but kind of sad that the US is losing you. You won’t totally disappear, right?

  2. Looking forward to seeing you over in Europe 🙂 Good luck with planning and all that!

  3. Janene says:

    Don’t fold your clothing, roll it. Fewer wrinkles and you can fit more. Also I have a friend in Germany if you get lost.

  4. I will take anything dead in a jar or something that you’re willing to part with valued at $50. Paypal money to you? My tax return comes in this Friday.

    • NEXT WEEK I WILL GET TO WHERE ALL MY STUFF IS FOR SURE. Even if I abandon all my things and am all “Hey, former roommates! Have my stuff!” (I will not do that) I will make sure to rescue your purchase and mail it to you.

      I am really bad at mail, you guys. Just ask my friend Brandy.

  5. Couch surfing: not for the faint of heart, but the movement has a website. I hope you have amazing experiences! Good luck!

    • Thank you! I created an account there, but, like, filling out profiles is REALLY HARD. And I may have a windfall that will allow me to not… be as lost. Although Couchsurfer is my go-to resource and back up plan.

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