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11.13 – Planes, Trains, and Alcohol

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

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]

T-24 hours

Monday, November 13th, 2006

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.

Roebling, NJ

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?