Well, this is it. Far from the end, but currently the end of Asia for me… at least this time around. I’m sitting in the Taipei, Taiwan airport right now awaiting my transfer flight back to America. By the end of the day I will be in Los Angeles, and doing my best to deal with the culture shock of returning home.16 months have past since I sold my house and set off on my grand world adventure. It has been quite a ride, with more twists, turns and unexpected excitement and revelation than I could have ever expected. There are no regrets to be found, and if anything my dread of the end is the most prevelant. Alas, now my goal is to settle back into a quasi-American lifestyle and find enough income to get back on the road again. It is hard to begin processing all the stimuli I have encountered, but I’m sure I will gain more clarity and words of explanation as time goes on. I’m also sure that the massive game of catch up, copying about 100 pages of hand-written journal and uploading the last 5 months of photos will give me quite a refresher. So, luckily for all of you readers who have been unfortunately neglected, there will be some new content flowing onto this site in the next few months.
Archive for the 'USA' Category
Three days until Japan. The anticipation is building at an incredible pace!! This will definitely be the most exotic country I’ve been to so far, and it’s hard to take my mind off of the impending journey. However, there have been plenty of wonderful distractions to occupy me here in California. [read on]
After the great times in Vegas and the scenic beauty of Yosemite, Dad and I headed west to Santa Rosa to visit my paternal grandmother. We spent a beautiful day in Napa Valley tasting great wines and enjoying our time together. Since the three of us have been living in different parts of the world for the last twelve years it is rare that we get to convene as a family anymore. [read on]
When I grew up in Los Angeles, my father would take me for annual camping trips to the awe-inspiring Yosemite National Park. As one of my last few stops in the US, it was only appropriate to stop back and pay homage to our old tradition. This time was by far the most impressive. Melting winter snow gave birth to roaring rivers and raging waterfalls unlike any we’ve witnessed hear before. [read on]
Las Vegas, Nevada… not exactly unfamiliar territory. This is the fifth time I’ve passed through this city. As always the sun was there welcome my arrival. I met my father at the airport, and thus commenced our 2 week road trip around the US South West, the corner of the world where I grew up and spent most of my life. [read on]
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]
Life keeps changing. Tangible plans are present one day, and the next they are shaken up by unpredictable variables. I’ve become very used to this unstable set of circumstances, and although it’s cliché to say it is apparent that as one door closes another opens.
Everything fell apart with the cruise line, but it has hardly fazed me. There are a few bids on my house right now, and it looks like I may be able to start my RTW trip sooner than imagined. However, this time around I’m not making any plans until the final paperwork is in hand. In the interim, I’ve felt it’s best to spend as much time exploring my own country as possible. Last week I took a short trip down to Washington DC to work on some music with my friend Pravin. [read on]
A couple days ago I had to go down to Philadelphia to get a physical for the cruise line and a few other things. I live about half an hour from Philly… so why am I posting this? Cause I brought my camera and got a few cool pictures and panoramas to share with everyone that hasn’t been there… enjoy! [read on]
12:30 – Hamilton, NJ – It’s been exactly one month since I’ve returned from Spain to US soil. My wanderlust has been far from quenched, and I yearn for the day I can leave this dull town once more. My house, the key to my impending freedom, is also the very rope that ties me to this place. So today I’m bound for New York City. It is not only a day trip and diversion from the monotony of life in Hamilton, but also a step towards cutting this metaphoric rope.
I have an interview with Norwegian Cruise Lines. I figure if I’ve got to sustain my property any longer, I might as well be doing it in style… [read on]
4pm – Hamilton, NJ – It has begun. A few hours ago I left work and started my journey. I sit now on a train bound for New York. My pack is loaded with only the essentials and my heart is beating in anticipation. Although I will not be continuing around the world after Spain, this is still my first taste of the backpacking life.
It is still hard to believe it is actually happening. It is a greater feeling than any childlike euphoria I’ve ever experienced. My mind is stirring, and my insides are tingling. Today feels like the first day of my life. [read on]