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Saturday, May 26th, 2007

I had just begun to get used to life back in the States when a friend challenged me to a new adventure: The Trans-Siberian/Mongolian railway. It has always been a travel goal of mine. 5,772 miles. 8 time zones. 3 countries: Russia. Mongolia. China.

Of course I wanted to go, but I had excuses. I didn’t have enough money. I didn’t want to quit my job. I had just returned to the States in May ’06 after living abroad for over two years and I didn’t want to uproot myself once again. I thought about it. Alot. I worked out imaginary budgets. My friend sent me the Lonely Planet Trans-Siberian guide book. I read it. I decided I had to go. If each tomorrow were promised to me, maybe I’d wait a few more years, but life is fragile and uncertain, and we must seize every opportunity while we can. I stopped spending, started saving, and I’ll be flying into Moscow in three short weeks.
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