Two thoughts

One serious, one less so.

On a serious note, like most Canadians, I’ve been reeling as I’ve watched the post-Stanley Cup loss riots in Vancouver. Surely this cannot be the city I came to love? The city of bike lanes, granola and Co-ops for Everything?

As I look through these pictures I’m filled with anger and confusion. Who would do this? How could this happen? I’ve walked these streets, shopped in these stores. Vancouver is not in a war-torn country, these people weren’t risking their lives fighting for freedom. Why on earth would this happen?

When Varun walked in last night, I had a headache and was feeling grumpy. I greeted him with annoyance and quickly lost my temper. Just minutes later, I found myself showing him the pictures of this riot, asking innocently, “Why would they Do that? What’s WRONG with people?!”

And then it dawned on me. While there is no excuse for rioting and what they did was 1000% wrong, what motivated them is the same thing that motivates me: selfishness. When I get upset or mad, I throw tantrums, not the way 5 year olds do, not the way rioters do, but in my own Mature Married Woman Way: slamming dishes, ironing angrily and checking email repeatedly to avoid conversation.

G.K. Chesterton once responded to the question “What is the biggest problem in the world?” with two words: I am. It’s true. The cause of the riots and the cause of arguments and distrust in my relationships have the same root: me, myself and my desires.

But, luckily for Varun, I don’t set cars on fire.

Okay, peeps. On a less serious note: I have a packing crisis to handle.

I found out that the airline we’re flying allows us one checked bag (23 kg/50 lbs) each, and ONE CARRY-ON (8 kg/22 lb). Think I can sneak on an extra carry-on? I don’t think so, in addition to my one carry-on,”passengers travelling in any class may take on board a small handbag, a small camera or binoculars, baby food, reading material, an overcoat, and a necessary mobility aid (such as a cane or elbow crutches)” Not exactly a lot of room for smuggling an extra bag.

Here’s the challenge. Pack two weeks worth of clothes, including some of the heaviest clothing known to mankind (read: Indian formal dress: beading, layers of fabric, bells), toiletries, books, presents. Not to mention snacks and toilet paper. These are essentials, people.

So, this is where I need your help. How do I reduce weight as much as possible? (Ahh, the age old question. I’m talking about my luggage, not my mid-drift. Although if you have advice on that I will be wearing a sari in 7 days, so…)

Any thoughts on how to pack light? Help!


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vicky
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 17:46:39

    pack 1 week’s worth of clothes and wash them for week two. do you have to bring shampoo and such? if you do, get some solid shampoo (lush) instead of bringing the bottle…or if you want liquid, then bear w/ a 2-in-1 so you only have one bottle to bring. but….books have the most weight…why are you bringing books?..and snacks?


  2. a well wisher
    Jun 18, 2011 @ 14:48:37

    – I flew British airways intl flight not very long ago. their carry on policy is that it can be as heavy as you like it to be as long as you lift it into the slot and back without their help. i stuffed all the heavy stuff into the carry on. was certainly 12kg or above. check with your airlines
    – i am sure india has toilet paper/ best qlty toileteries within reach in any big city. save space.
    – take a laptop bag perhaps, as your second carry on as you speak of. i dont think airlines staff question the laptop bag. though security might smile to see your personal belongings in there.
    should be fine.
    – why not buy some new summer cottons in india and travel with less.
    thats what i would do and make lots of room for presents. take my favorite pair of clothes and do shopping on my way back.

    bon voyage


  3. Team Oyeniyi
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 07:10:21

    I can pack for three weeks in 18 kgs, so I’m sure you can manange. I’ll admit I do not try to pack full formal Indian dress though and Nigerian traditional dress is soemwhat simpler!

    Buy travelling bottles and only take enough shampoo etc for the time you are away is one suggestion I can make.


  4. Ellen Lyman
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 10:09:08

    Cut holes in your toothbrush! That’s what backpackers do…


  5. Amelia
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 07:41:11

    I’m so flattered that you think i’m that hardcore, lol. I think my version of packing less is one less pair of cute sandals….I’m not quite backpacking material!


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