Friday, May 13, 2011

Setting Sail

I read the most wonderful quote today.

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Every day this week I woke up with the irresistible urge to go. Anywhere. Now. It's an itchy feeling you can hardly ignore. Suddenly, you want a new job, a new home and new faces. So what to do? You apply to the Peace Corps in South Africa. Yes. You talk to your best in Chile about how you can't wait to come see her.Yes. Then you listen to the Buena Vista Social Club for endless hours and inspiration is nearly overwhelming. So you make a list of all the beautiful places you want to see and decide, you will go
 Turns out, it's very hard to fit the world on a list.
I decided I will start in South America, because I need to pick up my travel partner in Chile. After we tour the artsy streets of Santiago and stuff our bellies with empanadas, I will make her show me Argentina and Bolivia for wine and glaciers. 
Then we will go to Southeast Asia. A place I know near to nothing but love love love the place I imagine in my head. Indonesia, Cambodia, Laus and of course, Thailand. I want to sleep in a hammock, eat a cricket, get a Bali sunburn and be completely uncomfortable. 

We're still mapping the rest of our never ending adventure but I hope it goes all the way to the edge. I'll end today with some wise words from genius Einstein, The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.

Globetrotter advice? Let me know!

P.S. I went with Natalie's doo. It hardly looks any different than before but I think travel plans will drive a true change soon.

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