I love travel
The possibility of travel
The happenstance of who you meet. Like the nice Czech guy who put my suitcase into the overhead and told me I was dressed too nice (meaning I was a target) – that I looked American. And of his travels in Eastern Europe and the pretend police.
Before I traveled there was a line between me and the pictures of the faraway places that I saw in magazines. After my first great adventure when I saw the islands of the Great Barrier Reef sprout up from the ocean that something clicked for me. Since that day, the wall between what I saw in the picture and what I felt and experienced came down – almost as if I could step inside the image and imagine being there. The more I travel the more I get a 3D vision of the world.
I know that my life will never be the same. This trip will change me, help me see what is next. Just the paring down of my belongings to a 33lbs case is refreshing, challenging, fun. To think I’ve got all the right stuff and not even off my first flight and my Czech mate tells me I have to rough up my look.
No laptop – just pens and paper. A different experience from my usual keyboard. Is there life outside of spellcheck? Unlike my edit, re-edit, building a well crafted line so unlike this untamed word river.
These reports will be a bit off from my usual business blog. But I think around the animals and observations there will be some things I have come to know – about business and the rest of my world.
Somehow we are flying north enough to enjoy a constant orange mustard ribbon on the horizon. The world’s longest sunset.
Heading to Amsterdam to my Dutch roots. So I listen to KLMs Dutch music channel and tune into the Dutch language channel – can I be fluent in two hours??