… what would you pack?
This is the ultimate test in economy and minimalism. How to pack the least to last for 1 year (at least) in Dubai? Things are expensive and I am poor, so I better bring just the essentials. Shipping thing over will be expensive. So is shipping stuff back.
But the girls have offered to send me instant noodles via post to help tide me over from time to time. Yay!
Must take iPod. Definitely. I am currently using a Nano. But maybe I should upgrade to an iPod Classic, with all 160 GB of memory?
Do I have enough songs for 160 GB? Oh yeah.
I hate to over-pack, but I will need to pack cooking and dining utensils. D'uh. Can I just buy it cheap over there?
Random bookish panic: What if I really need to re-read something – but I have a copy at home? It would be spendthrift to buy another copy at the inflated Dubai prices.
I will allow myself one carton of books. What books should I pack?
This feels like a Desert Island Reading List (albeit a huge, ostentious island):
- Definitely the final two volumes in the Proustian epic: The Prisoner & The Fugitive and Finding Time Again. I swear to finish In Search of Lost Time.
- Dostoevsky novel(s) – but which one(s)?
- Colette's Earthly Paradise
- Giuseppe di Lampedusa's The Leopard
- Jose Saramago's Death at Intervals
Hmm...I have 2 French, 1 Italian, 1 Portuguese and 1 Russian on the list. Who else should I bring with me?
If you were going away for a year to a place with no access to library and books are expensive, what books will you bring?
Endnote: Also reading: Dubai Explorer: The Complete Residents' Guide. *yawns*