"As long as possible live free and uncommitted. It makes but little difference whether you are committed to a farm or the county jail.... If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." -- Henry David Thoreau (Walden)
So I did it, escaped the conformity of the corporate ratrace while I still had my youth and sanity, to see the world with my own two eyes and embrace all its beauty and ugliness. Central America to Europe to Southeast Asia in 2005; 2006 will find me exploring Seoul, Korea and environs in depth, since my travels never did bump me into those trees on which money grows....Escaped just when the culture shock became unbearable for some travels in Taiwan, Vietnam, Eastern Europe, and Peru before coming back again twice in 2007, with some Caribbean, European, and East African hopping in between! Got hitched to my TravelBlog soulmate in September 2007 and welcomed our baby boy into the world in December of that year. Spent a year towing him around Asia, Europe, the U.S. and South America bringing his passport stamp collection to 19.
The latest music I heard, however, has not exactly left me free and uncommitted! The backpack has been gathering dust in the storage room of our townhouse in our new semi-stable life as graduate students in Alberta, Canada for two months now, and will likely stay there until our western Canada tour with family and friends in spring, when we will also welcome a new baby! But in anthropology, foreign fieldwork is the name of the game, so our semi-nomadism will resume in Ecuador next summer. Now back to the books....