A year of retirement in my 30's. Progressive thinking or insanity? Maybe a little bit of both. Either answer is fine by me.
Spending 1.5 years seeing as much of the world as possible. It has been a good ride. Feel free to come aboard!
Note: I planned to write a personal diary and then edit the diary for public viewing on this site. I soon realized during my travels that I would not have time to edit my journal writings, therefore what you see is a personal diary. The text was written on trains, boats, planes, buses, in hostels, hotels, homes, restaurants, pubs and often with very little or no sleep. This trip was an awesome learning experience for me. Many of my beliefs at the beginning of the trip changed a little or some times dramatically during the trip. A lot of the stuff I have written I have never had time to proof. Feel free to contact me should you like to discuss anything you may read. Best wishes always, where ever you may be!
November 22nd 2008
April 1, 2008 Athens and Cape Sounion It felt good to be back in Europe, even though at the airport outside of Athens it was raining. I got some money. It felt good to have Euros in my hands, although it was bad to think about the exchange rate. I was wondering if the people of Greece would want to talk politics like the rest of Europe. I hoped so as I liked the discussions. The comments from travelers is always different than the comments from non travelers. Travelers realize there are good people in all places of this crazy world and that the politicians are the ones that cause the problems not the people. People all over this world just want to dance! They just want to have fun! I am glad to be traveling ... read more
October 28th 2008
March 31, 2008 India was by far the hardest country for me to travel in. After being in a bus crash, auto rickshaw crash, getting scammed for a lot of money I was so happy to be exiting India. India had gotten the best of me. Originally the plan was to travel to Kenya, but with the recent violence I chose to go to Greece instead. I had a layover on my original flight in Dubai so I decided to just keep that the same and booked a flight 3 days later to Greece. Why not spend a couple days in Dubai to see the craziness. I say craziness because I am not a big fan of new modern cities. I often hear about Dubai on the news though so thought because of the newsworthiness alone ... read more
October 19th 2008
One of the things that I missed during my 1.5 years of travel was the family get togethers when we made turtle soup. In stating turtle soup, the first question from everyone's mouth is, "you make soup from turtle?" I then say yes, but the turtle is optional. The soup is made of about 17 ingredients and really is a vegetable soup with chicken, beef and turtle if available or desired. Most people who have never had it, describe it as being like chili. I am not sure how to describe it. For me it is just turtle soup! Because of the enjoyment I gained from this event I decided to attempt the event where I live now in Denver. I had never had sole responsibility of the turtle soup project, as at home I was ... read more
September 20th 2008
March 4, 2008 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY I am going to start off describing India like I did China. India is !%?@ but deserved of another ?!£#! and another #!£#~. This place is full on, over the top, just basically nuts! I went to Delhi, Srinagar (Kashmir), Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Agra (Taj Mahal),Varanasi, Mumbai, Goa and Bangalore. I liked Pushkar, Udaipur and Goa. The other places were just a little too crazy for me. I have been to 27 countries now and I had more crazy stuff happen here than all the other countries combined. A few of the crazy things follow: I was involved in a bus crash one night, where the windshield on our bus was completely broken out and then the driver tried to outrun the other bus as the other driver wanted to talk ... read more
September 19th 2008
As I traveled I stayed with people all over this world through an internet based organization called couchsurfing. I am now hosting people from all over the world in Denver. I met Florence through couchsurfing and it so happened we both wanted to go to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. After some discussion we decided to take the trip together and head to Moab as well. Following are our pictures of that trip. I must add that Florence was a trooper to put up with my bad cooking, her blisters, the lack of shower facilities for an extended period of time. She never complained and always had a sunny positive glow about her. She is an English teacher in Paris and is one of the nicest people I have ever met. Thanks Florence! Your a trooper! ... read more
March 3rd 2008
ORIGIN OF OUR EVENT While traveling in Hawaii I was couchsurfing with a lady on the island of Kauai. She introduced me to some people who were cooking meat the traditional Pacific Islander style, which is burying the meat underground with hot rocks and banana leaves. I being the consummate traditionalist (probably not very true), accepted the invitation to participate in the event. These folks do it every Thanksgiving. A link to my blog with pictures of that event follows: http://www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/Hawaii/blog-236494.html I was amazed by the tenderness and flavor of the end result and decided to try and drum up support with the folks back home for an Imu oven experience of our own. I suggested our annual 4th of July celebration. They were an easy sell. Although when it became “Go Time” approximately a week ... read more
February 4th 2008
2-4-08 Man Vietnam is in the bag. It seems like I get to a country and begin feeling a little relaxed, and the the next thing I know I am running out of time. I get rushed to see everything in that counry and quickly find myself in the next country and the cycle repeats itself. I paid the cabby $12 for the prearranged fare by my hotel from Hanoi to the airport. I really think booking things through your hotel especially in countries where there are lots of scams is a good way to go, as they want your business and want to treat you right. I have gotten some really good fares for trips through my hotels. A couple times during the drive out of Hanoi to the airport, which is about a 40 ... read more
January 17th 2008
1-17-08 My last night in Melbourne and in Australia for that matter went very quickely, as I only had 2 hours of sleep as I was up all night trying to get my blog updated. I told Andrea my dilemma, that I did not want to lug my computer around Vietnam and she said she would mail the computer to the U.S. for me. I really was not expecting her to mail it, but after several minutes of contemplating the offer I said yes. I had thought my flight was about 2 hours later than it actually was and as a result I would not have time to mail the computer before my flight. Allowing Andrea to mail it was the best way to ensure I would not miss my flight and not get my computer ... read more
December 20th 2007
12-20-07 I was really tired and all I really remembered doing was hitting the bed, as I fell asleep immediately on mattress impact. It was quite hot actually last night and the birds outside were very loud and I think were up at 4:30. I was excited as this was my first day in Australia. I was tired though too and resting seemed ok as well. Trudy left around 8:00 and I used the internet most of the morning after eating some cereal. Around noon I went down to the local Hungry Jacks as I had not heard of that place before only to find out it is a Burger King. I had a whopper value meal. Got some food supplies, dropped them off at Trudy’s and then went for a walk. I hiked for about ... read more
December 2nd 2007
12-2-07 This is the first day of the round the world trip at least sort of. More correctly this is the first day outside the United States. I left Honolulu at roughly 10:00 PM on November 30, 2007 and arrived in Auckland on December 2, 2007. It seems weird doesn’t it? It was almost December 1 when I left and once you cross the International Date Line the day moves forward. Midway through the flight the guy beside me started moving like he was having a seizure, but I think he was just having a bad dream. Someone with him across the aisle grabbed him and woke him up and everything was fine. Upon entering Auckland airspace I noticed there were lots of clouds and I expected it to be a really bumpy ride in, but ... read more