Well, today is the first day of my 3650-day, 10-year nonstop vagabond sojourn to the farthest reaches of our globe. I celebrated my 64th birthday on August 21st at my former abode in Bali eleven days ago amid much celebratory fanfare focused on my imminent departure. Well, so to speak. (I at least caught my faux pas and changed the spelling from “eminent” :-) I’ve been thinking I should add another 355 days to my journey so I can celebrate my 75th birthday lord knows where. OK, that’s 4005 days to go. It’s settled.
I’m a travel photographer but so far on this trip I haven’t taken one photo. I’ve been busy here in Bangkok during the first 24 hours of my re-visiting this decadent city, though not only occupied with the activities of your prurient imaginations. I’ve also spent a fair amount of time since my arrival slaving over my view of the Internet from this fast connection.
Bali bandwidth speed has yet to emerge from the dark ages and I had a slew of accumulated stuff to download. I just finished getting a 765 MB combo update for my Mac operating system in just a hair over an hour here in my cool hotel room in Bangkok overlooking the mighty Chao Praya River that splices through the city. (Don’t smirk at my boast as you gloat over your lightning bolt internet connections.) I’m just thrilled. This same download in Bali would have taken fifteen hours!
OK, where do I go from here?
I don’t mean which country. I only just got to Thailand and I plan to exhaust my 30-day visa on arrival before I depart with perhaps a one-week side trip to Angkor Wat in next door Cambodia. I mean, “What do I do with the rest of m life?” To be honest, the only plan I have is to experience a helluva good time immersing myself in some extraordinary experiences, meeting some extraordinary people in some of the most extraordinary locales to be found on this earth. I’ll try to shoot some tantalizing photos along the way, which I’ll post here from time to time. Hey, it’s not always easy to find “tantalizing” but you get the point.
Won’t you come along with me?
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