Our bags are finally packed, our apartment in Oakland has been emptied, our stuff is stacked in Alexa’s mom’s house, and we’re ready to go. The whirl-wind of packing everything (except those few items we’ll take with us), moving, last-minute shopping, eating at In-and-Out, and final packing is over and we’re off to the airport. It’s now time to say good-bye to the Bay Area, California, and north America in general. Our not-so-faded backpacks (they’re still brand new) now hold all our material possessions for the next year, for better or worse. Now we’re on our way to Peru.