A Story For You, A Favor For Me

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For those of you who have been following my travels on and off for the past few years, enjoying my writing and photography, sending me flattering comments and emails… Thank you! I am glad to have been able to inspire and entertain many of you.

I have another story for you… and this time I am asking for a favor in return.

Please continue to travel with me by supporting my project. It will be VERY much appreciated.

Even a little bit will help…

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As for upcoming travel adventures…a friend and I are seriously considering a month-long rowing journey down the Guadalquivir River in Spain this spring…

Traveling Again…

Bicycle Touring, Plans & Itineraries, USA 6 Comments »

In a few weeks time I’ll embark on a new adventure. This one will be somewhat of a different flavor. Instead of travelling by motored transport as usual, I’ll be pedaling a bicycle!

Surly Long Haul Trucker

Start Date: Early August
End Date: Unknown
Departure: Portland, Oregon
Direction: South
Destination: Unknown

For the past two weeks I’ve been daydreaming about pedaling through Central and South America. Daydreaming about travel is normal, but to daydream about the same place and specific travel idea…thats very unusual for me. So I decided to do it.

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To Be Continued…

Plans & Itineraries, Thoughts & Reflections 3 Comments »

In many ways the past year came and went incredibly quickly, yet it feels like I have been traveling forever. And at this point I feel as if that’s exactly what I’ll do.

There have been times when I tired of moving around. I will probably never spend a single year traveling so many different places again. It wears me down and the best experiences came when I got to know a place and the people.

Yes, traveling forever, in some form or another, I believe to be my likely destiny.

Maybe I’m still young with the idea. Maybe it will fizzle out. Maybe I will soon find my way back onto the straight rails of life.

God, I hope not.

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Travel Update

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It’s damn cold in Europe right now. Having been following summer weather since January, it really caught me by surprise. We’ve been boiling water on the stove in the van for heat, but the damp air is starting to warp all my books. Our hopes are that as we make our way south, things will warm up again.

The rest of my travels this year are somewhat planned out. Desiree and I are making our way through Eastern Europe to Istanbul and then finally Greece where I’ll put the VW in long term parking at Athens International and we’ll fly together to Egypt. A week later, my good friend Mike will be meeting us in Cairo.

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Letter to You

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Hello You,

First off, thanks for following along with my travel stories and photography for so long. Don’t worry, it’s not over yet!

I thought it well to let you know I am taking a short break here in Germany before another stint of moving around this fall. Sometime in October I’ll be heading again by VW bus through Eastern Europe down to Athens, Greece. I may also spend a couple of weeks backpacking through Egypt before going home for the holidays. Although I won’t be moving around as much, I will still be traveling, writing and taking photos come 2007; possibly beginning with a relatively long term move to Thailand.

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Surprise!!!

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As the van thing materialized, I started thinking about going home for a visit. I would be able to pick up some things like camping gear, a new iPod and my magic stuff. The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea of seeing family and friends too. Then I started thinking about summer in the Ocean State, which on some days can be the greatest place on earth. I imagined playing some Ultimate Frisbee, going to Block Island and Waterfire and getting lunch at some of my favorite spots.

After securing the van on Saturday, I bought a roundtrip ticket home. Tuesday night I arrived in Boston under the radar and have been surprising people since.

On July 11th I’ll fly back to Amsterdam, settle into my van and start what feels like a new chapter in my travels.

A Map For Saturday

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Brook from RI just finished travelling around the world for a year and made a documentary and a website and was nice enough to include me in the links page. Check it out!

amapforsaturday.com

Out of Reach

India, Plans & Itineraries No Comments »

I’m currently attending a retreat at the Tushita Meditation Center in the Tibetan exile city of McLeod Ganj, India. There I am learning about the philosophies of Buddhism and the practice of meditation. The retreat started on April 20th and lasts ten days. I will not be reachable during this time, but pre-written posts should show up almost daily. Notification emails won’t be sent, so you’ll have to come back on your own!

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Packing List – Updated!

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UPDATE (April 2006) – My pack is too heavy! I was sick of lugging the weight and hand to send some stuff home. I’m considering doing a portion of this trip without my electronics gear, which would mean this website would be put on hold, but there are serious benefits to travelling light that I feel I’m missing out on. But don’t fret, it wouldn’t be until July at the earliest! Updates are marked in red.

Obviously everyone will bring different things with them if they decide to travel long term. Much of my stuff is geared towards the region I’m starting in. For example, I didn’t pack many warm clothes and I brought stuff to sterlize water with. Weight is a big issue when backpacking. I thought my bag was a decent weight until I had to walk a couple miles in it. I’ve sent stuff home twice already and it’s still too heavy. I’ll be updating this list as what I’m caryring changes. If you’re thinking about travelling with only a backpack, I hope this helps.

published a story I wrote. They really do make the most resourceful and up to date travel guides.

Other Miscelaneous Book – See right hand column for list. As I finish eading new books, I send them home. It costs more than it makes sense, but books are about the only thing I collect. April 2006 – I’ve sent home about ten books now.

Healthy Travel – Asia & India – Jammed inside my first aid kit. Worth keeping in case I need to attemp a self diagnosis.

iPod – Playing the guitar is something I really miss when travelling, so with this at least I can listen to music anytime. Also when going weeks without hearing a familiar accent, music is a nice reminder of home.

 

ELECTRONICS

This entire section adds more than half the weight to my pack. It’s not stuff most people would bring, but it’s all necessary for my photography, website and making money while traveling.

Sony VAIO TX-650 Laptop– The smallest and lightest laptop I could find at the time. It has a DVD burner, so I can mail home images as my hard drive fills up, wireless internet and a memory card slot for easy transfer of images.

Nikon D200 Camera– Amateur Professional Digital SLR

Nikon 18-70mm Zoom AF Lens – Standard lens with nice wide-angle for landscape shots.

Nikon 70-300mm Telephoto Lens – I use this primarily for shooting portraits of people without them knowing.

Panasonic SD-100 Video Camera– Smallest video camera I could find with a somewhat professional quality picture. It takes no tapes or discs, just a miniature memory card. The less wires the better.

Wide Angle Lens – Mini Camcorders never seem to fit everything I want in view, so this was a must. The lens has some fish-eye distortion to it, but the massive field of view makes it worthwhile.

USB Jump Drive – 512megs. I’ll often work on my laptop in private and then bring the files on this jump drive to an internet café and upload to the internet. The less gear people see me with, the less likely something will get stolen.

International Cell Phone – Initially I was going to bring a phone only for emergencies, but then I learned about “unlocking”. With my, unlocked Motorola RAZR (thanks to my friend Jeff who owns some cell phone stores in Philly), I can buy prepaid SIM cards in foreign countries and make calls at local rates.

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Kolkata Or Not, Here I Come

Plans & Itineraries, Singapore 1 Comment »

Oh wow, it’s Saturday? My Indian visa should be ready on Monday, so I better start looking for flights. It’s kind of last minute, but last time I checked the budget airlines don’t care how far I booked in advance.

First let me search my favorite site, Orbitz. Ahh..they don’t book flights out of Singapore. Ok, so I’ll try my old favorite Travelocity…damn, the cheapest flight they can actually ticket is Singapore Airlines at $500. Gulp!

Oh yea, Lonely Planet reccommended that site Zuji. Why don’t I give them a shot?

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