I'm preparing for a few months of travelling, quitting my job and my room and see the world. Now I'm the kind of guy that over thinks too much on some stuff, this being one of it. Currently I'm preparing to get the right gear. I already have a 65-85 L backpack, which is too big so I am looking for a smaller one. The Tom Bihn would be a bit too small for me I guess, so I'm looking at something around 28 L.
Now I was wondering, what would I do if I'd go for a multi-day hike in let's say the mountains of Nepal, how would I take my rented sleeping-gear? Wouldn't it be a better idea to buy something bigger that accommodates that?
Please help me out, fellow lightweight travelers :)
The Deuter Futura 28L is an awesome 28L backpack, particularly good for hiking because of its frame.
I've browsed in a shop for a while and yeah, a frame is a criteria for a good backpack. What else?
A zipper on top instead of a hood with clips (futura 26)?A separate bottom compartment with zipper access?The shape of the compartment? (wide vs tall)An integrated raincover?A hipbelt with pockets?
I'm looking for some concrete criteria to base my decision on and I hope you fellow travelers can help out.
I am Futura user for past year, traveling with it 4 continents and using it almost everyday. It is really good backpack but shape of the back system make it not practical for carrying flat things: like bigger laptops (13"), books and stuff.
Take a look to Deuter Race EXP Air or Trans Alpine lines. They are much like Futura, but using different back system. Next time I am going for new backpack I am going to choose between these two.
First, I'd decide if you want to go carry-on only route...that will limit your options a lot. The best advice is probably to buy the bag as your last item, when you know exactly what will go inside.
Personally, I use few years old Golite Jam2 (those old ones were 600g, 52L), but it's WAAAY too big for warm countries. Last year, I did Thailand & Laos with Golite Ion (290g, 20L...too bad they don't make them anymore) and it was sufficient (and I was carrying 14" laptop, camera with several lenses and steadicam).
Wow, that was a really busy week. I'm not used to being busy at all - back in the day I had all the free time I could possibly imagine. Maybe it's about time to revisit polyphasic sleep? Here are some things that made me busy :
Work, of course. I've been waiting for weeks for a company to send us a new computer for our data center that lets me do fancy things. Last week it seemed like every day was going to be the day that it would be ready, so I would just wait all day for it to be set up. Then there would be some problem, and the process would repeat itself the next day. Finally this week it got all set up, so now I have more to do than I have time for. Yes! I love having things to do. It just so happens that this particular task is really fun too.
My car broke AGAIN. I have a 1994 S600, which is known to be one of the hardest (read : most expensive) cars to maintain. The reason is that it's a V12. Since it's basically two V6 engines stuck together, it also has two of a lot of components. Twice as many things to be broken. It also has a hydraulic suspension, which is what broke on mine. Of course this time I didn't take the car to the dealership.
This is the draft for a speech that I presented at my Toastmasters group last week. It was for project three of the Speaking to Inform manual, which is the demonstration speech. I did not actually make Greek coffee during my demonstration, but I pantomimed the process using a pot, spoon and coffee cup. I also brought the ground coffee beans in some snack bags to show to the audience; I wanted them to see just how finely ground the coffee beans really are. This speech was delivered without notes, so I'm sure that the talk that I gave differed from the draft below.
Today, David will be presenting a speech for Project 3 of the Speaking to Inform manual: The Demonstration Talk. Thanks to businesses such as Strarbucks, and products like Instant Coffee and K Cups, we live in a culture where we have quick and easy access to coffee. But how many people even consider that there may be alternatives? Today David is going to tell us about another method of preparing coffee.
Speech Title: Slow Down and Enjoy Your Coffee