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What am I missing? Which are your favorite journals - be it for the photos or writing or just the crazyness!
So a few that I follow: russ, aspiringnomad, Sken like a Ribble fluke
To link to bloggers you can use [blogger=142] on travelblog - that would link to Russ, I've got make an easier way to find out the ID eg. 142 - but for the moment - hover over the "contact name" link on the info page and in the status bar (very bottom of the browser) you can see a to_user_id=xxx - the xxx is the id. Hmm - that's a real pain - I promise to fix as soon as I've finished the gallery features.
So what have I missed? Who else's journals are highlight material? Who is inspiring you? Reply to this
I also read Alvin and Spencer_Kansai, but i'm prejudiced to those Japanese area blogs... :) Reply to this
The 3 ft path shrinks to a one foot wide rock laden test of acrobatic balance, the skies decide to unleash a deep bellow of thunder as if to challenge our intrusion into this leg of the climb. So picture us city hicks-we uncork our heavily fortified, mineralized water bottles - take several hard swigs hoping down below that it was a brave enough gesture of defiance at the threatening elements and then we pray and hope that our legs follow our will & the non-existent path.
There are so many amazing journals and stories filling up the pages of travelblog at the moment that I need to spend less time reading and more working ;) Reply to this
Easy tiger - adventures on the Trans Siberian Express - I wish he'd write more! There must be no-end of stories and things that happen in those cold shakey carriages.
Keep em' coming Ryan! (ps. doggy style photo doing well in google ;) - not that I'm recommending this blatent misuse of power)
What else have I been reading: Today - Is the 'People's War' safe? - more seat of the pants travel dodging officials, Casablanca - don't believe everything in the Lonely Planet!, but My month in Culiacan, Mexico - do believe the believe the bits about Taxi's in Mexico City!
Plus a few photos that I love:
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Vicenza-on our way to Christmas Eve lunch
Also, Sken Like A Ribble Fluke's - I don't know, I just love the whole overland thing Reply to this
There is a romance surrounding the overland adenture. I think it's the whole making the journey as much a part of the adventure as the destinations. Maybe the "80 days around the world" thing - no air travel mentality.
Air travel is such a shortcut, the world can seem so small at times, in these days of near instant global communication; The epic overland journey is one way to truely appreciate the vastness of the world. Maybe that's part of the attraction. Reply to this
"What was I doing? Making progress, I felt. Proceeding from the shore of the Mediterranean, via the Pillars of Hercules, by degrees, deeper into Africa. Travel is transition, and at its best it is a journey from home, a setting forth. I hated parachuting into a place. I needed to be able to link one place to another. One of the problems I had with travel in general was the ease with which a person could be transported so swiftly from the familiar to the strange, the moon-shot whereby the New York office worker, say, is insinuated overnight into the middle of Africa to gape at gorillas. That was just a way of feeling foreign. The other way, going slowly, crossing national frontiers, scuttling past razor wire with my bag and my passport, was the best way of being reminded that there was a relationship between Here and There, and that a travel narrative was the story of There and Back."
Sorry for the long extract, but it's so relevant in the blogs we have mentioned.
My planned trip is alarmingly similar to Aspiring Nomads. I was planning Central Asia, then found this site, and his blog, while he was in Uzbekistan. I started thinking about Bangladesh, then what do you know, he's there. It was always in my head to go to the Andamans, and guess what? He got there first. I'm worried when I start my blog in July, it'll be very similar, although I am planning a slightly different route. Reply to this
Gonna have to get hold of a copy - you're the second person to recommend it recently.
> I'm worried when I start my blog in July, it'll be very similar, although I am planning a slightly different route.
Same places, different adventures, different people, different time - your blog will be unique - and your journey will be fantastic! who knows where aspiringnomad will be by then...
Damn - I have to get on the road again :) I'm gonna start making plans.... Reply to this
Some of his entries are a little cryptic but fantastically well written in my opinion.
...and as for Theroux; despite the fact that he's not the most adventurous traveller in my opinion, and the situations he describes are fairly run of the mill, he writes so damn well that reading his books are still exciting and allow you to virtually live the journey with him. Especially if you've visited some of the places he writes about - the undisputed master.
If you have the book 'Dark Star Safari' available Conor maybe you could find the quote where he talks about travel writing being banal if everyone simply writes about how 'nice' everything is.
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;) - from the most adventurous traveller on travelblog... had to put a disclaimer on the highlight! I'll hold my opinion on Theroux till I've read some - he's probably more adventurous than me.
> travel writing being banal if everyone simply writes about how 'nice' everything is
Totally agree with that - but you will get comments saying how much you suck because you didn't like such n such a town (speaking from personal experience). Reply to this