Ten days in Shanghai. I’d love to say they flew by in a blur, but that would only be partially true because a couple days were excruciatingly enduring. The length of a typical vacation was only a pit stop on the long road ahead of me. There wasn’t much time for sightseeing and most of my days were occupied with preparations for the upcoming journey away from westernized civilization. [read on]
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Friday, March 23rd, 2007 I became a houseless man. Home is now the vast world that we occupy. No daily routine except to eat, sleep, and succumb to whim. [read on]
Last night a group of my closest friends met at an amazing sushi restaurant to celebrate my 26th birthday and some great news; I found a buyer for my house about a month ago, and just got their mortgage commitment this week. The house is sold, and there are no more obstacles in the way. In two weeks I will be officially homeless! Not the type of homeless that finds me sleeping in a cardboard box, but the good kind… the type that allows me to backpack around the world for the next couple years. [read on]
It’s well past 3am, and my eyelids are far from heavy. Tomorrow I will leave US soil for the first time in a year.
I have packed my bag, repacked, and repacked again. Somehow everything managed to fit, with plenty of extra empty space left to spare. My flight is confirmed, and a hostel is booked. In 24 hours the flight will land in Spain, and I will take the first steps alone in a foreign land where I hardly speak the language.
Ironically, right now I actually have use for one of the few Spanish phrases I know… I really never imagined I’d ever have a legitimate use for it:
¿Donde es mis pantalones?
Seriously, I can’t find my work pants… anybody seen them? I didn’t leave them by anybody’s bed over the weekend… did I?
One of the most exciting aspects about a trip of this magnitude is that the appearance of unforeseen objectives and obstacles are guaranteed. I just wasn’t expecting them this soon. Oh well. The best seeds of adventure are often born through adaptation. Wherever life takes you, go without a fight, and everything will be alright.
So… here I am. This shackle of a house is still keeping my feet tied to New Jersey, but in my hands I hold a plane ticket to Madrid on November 13th….
As of today, I also have a return flight from Madrid on November 20th. Life may have kept me from starting the journey around the world in two weeks, but nothing is stopping me from going to Spain for a week. It’ll be a nice excuse to break in my pack! ¡España, aquí vengo!
So… as of today I found out that everything fell through with the sale of my house. It’s unbelievable that a bank would pre-approve somebody for a mortgage and then deny it 2 weeks before closing. I’m upset for obvious reasons, but the buyer of my house had to go to the hospital for stress related complications to her pregnancy as well. So until they can find another buyer, there’s nothing to do but wait.
If anybody has any influence over how the universe works, everyone involved in this sale could really use your help right now.
On Monday, November 13th, 2006 there will be a flight to Madrid with me on it. After spending a few days there, it’s time to catch the other flight to Ibiza on Friday. Next…. anywhere the wind may blow.
In the meantime, there are way too many preparations that need attention. A few things need to be fixed before the house closes. I need to sell my possessions and pack what little I’m leaving behind, as well as buy the rest of the gear. I also have to finish mixing a recent recording and spend time with a few friends who I may not see for a couple years. There’s not much else to tell until the journey begins. Until then… adiós mis amigos!
I got stabbed in the arm three times today. My skin will be punctured twice more on Monday, and thrice more in few weeks. Over the course of the last month I’ve already had six new holes put in me. Blood tests and Vaccinations; I could leave without them and probably have a crazy story about how I nearly died of yellow fever… but I’m sure enough adventure is imminent that I’d rather avoid releasing the contents of my stomach violently while simultaneously bleeding from the other end.
Alas, I’m making all the final preparations for being a global citizen and these are necessary steps. I’ve already purchased my pack and started to gather supplies. It’s pretty exciting for me to be shopping for new toys and my ”new home” for the next couple of years. However, the details of that would probably bore you to tears…. I’m sure you’d rather hear about where I’ll be going and what I’ll be doing on this trip, so here it goes: [read on]
My house is sold! The contracts are signed and the closing is on November 10th, 2006! I’ve started to make all the preparations for the sale, and this dream adventure I’m about to embark on.
I have a massive number of things I need to accomplish before I set foot off US soil. A few are extremely urgent, so I won’t be able to go into detail at this point. All I know is that there is now another day to anxiously await…
In preparation for my extended period of travel, I’ve been doing everything to condition my body to the rigors and maladies of travel. For years I’ve maintained a steady regiment of regular exercise, and ate a relatively healthy, nutritional diet. However, I’ve recently been turned on to the alternative medical practice of fasting. [read on]