1 – About me and this blog
Hi everyone…welcome to my blog! You have likely gathered by now that my name is Stacey and I’m 30 years old…very astute of you. I am also a computer programmer, novice runner, confirmed book-nerd and travel junkie. I’ve lived a lot of places in my 30 years, but consider myself a midwestern girl at heart who currently hails from Madison, Wisconsin. So…what are you doing here…reading a website devoted exclusively to me and my whereabouts? An excellent question…
A couple of years ago I attended a wedding in Brazil and had such a great time that I became really interested in South America as a travel destination. For one, it’s rock-bottom cheap and secondly, the people I met in Brazil were so amazingly happy and friendly I wanted to find out if this was true throughout the rest of the continent. To make a long story short…I hatched a plan to do some extended travel through SA…mostly to work on my terrible Spanish but also to just do some traveling and hanging out. In the midst of all of this, I thought it might be fun to toss in a US/Canada road trip with the express purpose of visiting all of the people I know across the continent who I don’t always have enough time to visit. So here we are…this blog is devoted to my trip (popularly known as the Extravaganza) over the next 9 months. Be sure to check out my Itinerary and FAQ for answers to your most pressing questions as well as the Trip Info section for those considering similar trips. The Maps section shows my current location so you can keep track of me as I move along through the itinerary.
Since this section is all about me, here are a few more (mildly) interesting things you should know about me:
- I love lists. There is no better way to organize one’s thoughts than with a nice, organized, ordinal list.
- I have an almost pathological devotion to the 80s sitcom The Golden Girls.
- My most useless talent is the ability to hear most any pop song from the last 20 years or so and give you the year it was released. I have yet to find a practical application for this skill so if anyone has any ideas, please let me know.
- In seven years, I attended five different elementary schools in four different states.
- On my first overseas trip, I spent a week traveling around Ireland with an undiagnosed kidney infection and upon return to London for my flight home, promptly lost my passport. I cannot recommend this.
About the Blog
Anyone who has ever done any traveling knows that upon return people invariably ask “How was your trip?”. Usually they’re asking to be polite but they don’t really want to hear the nitty-gritty details of what you did for 5 days in Paris or 10 days in Timbuktu. Hitting the high points plus an assessment of your general attitude towards the trip usually suffice. I get it…hearing every detail about something you didn’t participate in and have no frame of reference for is colossally boring…which is too bad because I’m sure you did a lot of cool stuff on your trip.
So, this blog is my best attempt at avoiding the above scenario. For the next 9 months I’ll be off on a grand adventure though the Western Hemisphere which I’m hoping to chronicle here…for you…my faithful readers. I’m not going to lie to you guys…this may not go well. Historically I’ve not been especially grand at keeping diaries and the like so there is a very real probability that I may have bitten off more than I can chew. We’ll see…I am making no promises on frequency or content. One thing I do know is that I’ll be more likely to keep up with it if I know people are reading so send me an e-mail, type comments and for those privy to my cell phone number…call me (well, until October 15, that is). Love the blog? Hate it? Think my writing is so annoying you hope I contract malaria so it will end? Want to nominate me for a “Best of the Web” award? Let’s hear it folks….
Also be sure to check out the links to my favorite travel blogs on the right-hand side of the page. In particular, I’m deeply indebted to Christine at “The Didgeridoo Diaries (formerly “The Squat Pot Diaries”)” for her great ideas and brilliant HTML skills. Considering my HTML talents stand at a virtual zero…I’ll be nicking a lot of her formatting code. Secondly, make sure to check out “Conor’s Mildly Thrilling Tales (formerly “How Conor is Spending All His Money”). This guy is a great and entertaining writer and to be perfectly honest, I have a fairly significant cyber-crush on him. After finishing his round-the -world trip, he went back to Nepal to start an orphanage for trafficked kids. I heart guys who love kids.