"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."
— J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings)
Today, we start the next chapter of our great adventure. With hours to go before the flight, our first flight together, it still feels a little unreal, even as I wheel the luggage to the door. Tomorrow, this time, I will be in another country on another continent where the water goes down the drain the other way round.