To be honest, even up to the point of this writing with about a week of travel behind us, I’ve been debating whether to blog or not, though I’d earlier stated to some that I would. One, I’m a bit lazy, and coupled with Klaudia’s very restless (dare I say “ruthless”?) pace while sightseeing, I’ve been beat by evening time. Two, I’ve read a few blogs more than I would have liked to during my deliberation over this one, and the interesting ones are few and far between: I consistently found myself asking “Who cares?” as blogs assiduously presented a daily play-by-play of the events of their lives (Yawn...). Three, and most significantly, I’m a very private person, and it’s a feeling of privacy that extends not only to my daily activities, but also to my thoughts and emotions. Perhaps it’s a defense mechanism I’ve developed to avoid ridicule, but if I go into that, it’ll start sounding like one of those tedious blogs I’d mentioned.
I will give it a try though, as I’ve had a change of heart, the chief reasons for which are basically threefold. I think that friends and family will be genuinely interested to read about what’s going on with me and Klaudia, even if it’s just skimming the posts. Next, for someone that can preach for hours about “The Singularity” as an ultimate truth, I sure am slow in adopting new technologies, especially when the new technologies encompass social medium (see reason number 3 above); but, blogging is now a solidified medium of communication and I think that I need to start diving into this collective consciousness before I get left behind like some intransigent Luddite. Lastly, it’s a way for friends and family to keep tabs on us.
One more reason, slightly less important for me, but still a good one, is that we can keep the blog as a “good” journal of our trip. Perhaps my kids will want to read it, perhaps they won’t, but I think that making it publicly open will keep me honest and hone my blogging skills. I recently looked at a journal I’d kept during a 4-month stint in Europe and Northern Africa when I was in my early twenties and, I don’t know if it was just due to young age - or the fact that I would never let anyone read it - but the journal was a naive, stream-of-consciousness piece of crap. So, I’d like to make this as interactive as possible: should you want to read more about something, or you think I’ve glossed over something, let me know; if you have a recommendation, send a comment; if you have some constructive criticism, let it fly, and I’ll either adjust or contentiously respond in kind (especially if I’ve had a few too many).
The deal Klaudia and I made was that I would write, she would take the pics, so any pictures I post will have been taken by her, except for those that she’s in of course...
That’s enough of the pros and cons analysis – I’m all in. Enjoy and be sure to comment: this is a way to keep in touch while we’re away.
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