Christmas is coming early this year. Well, at least we are.
Due to a very long and growing set of reasons, it just made sense for us to book a flight back to the EE.UU. in the very near future. So, in just a few short weeks, we’ll take a red-eye from Santiago to Houston, via Dallas. It’s not exactly a preferred itinerary for international jet-setters, but a timely bargain nonetheless.
We literally watched prices fluctuate an order of magnitude on a daily basis before hitting upon a deal. Purely by luck, we’ve managed to snag what seems to be a yearly-low for airfares and it couldn’t have come at a better time. One of the many benefits of sitting down with internet access for a while.
Most importantly, of course, Bode needs to visit his grandparents before we commit to the run on Tierra del Fuego and south South America. If we get much farther south, there just aren’t any major international airports and I suspect we’ll be down there a while. I think I’ve adequately documented my increasing bummery, so some U.S.-bargain shopping will also be in order to replace my disintegrating wardrobe. You can’t live on VW-club shirts and duct-taped shoes forever – but I’m trying.
The car parts issue keeps lingering too. I can finally find repuestas in Chile, but everything is much cheaper in the U.S. Besides, maybe I can convince some of our readers to donate a few parts if they have them lying around in the garage (hint, hint – especially if you’re connected to a supplier – we’re cheap to sponsor) We’ve already scored an electronic ignition (thanks, Larry!) but still need a new piston/cylinder set (stock or 88 mm?), gaskets, some random rubber bits, carb parts, a door lock cylinder (can you even buy this separately?), and who knows what else. Heck, does anyone make a magnetic drain plug anymore? That might be a good idea too.
Bode needs books, Legos and other random 6-year old stuff. Angela wants a ukulele. And, we’ve got to sort out some banking issues, amend taxes, renew licenses, etc. etc. We’re not completely divested of our US residency and things tend to pile up. By the time you add it all up, it may actually be cheaper to fly home than to try to do it all from here. Making a ‘big list’ of lists is on my list of things to do.
So anyway, if you are inclined to help us out with some VW parts, or if you are in the greater Galveston-Houston-Austin corridor in late October and just want to meet up for a beer, just let us know. I’ll put it on my list.