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Trip Start May 18, 2005
Trip End Jul 10, 2005

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Here I sit, with my two backpacks (one large, one daypack) leaning, mostly filled, against my bed. I finished packing tonight, as my dad sat by and helped. My large pack ended up being half-empty, so I decided to take a full-size pillow, too. A whim that I will probably greatly appreciate in the next few weeks. So there it is: I'm trying to fit everything I offer Asia in two bags, partly filled. And I suppose I'll be trying to fit all of Asia into arrangements of twenty-six letters and a camera-phone. A noble attempt.

Now the question is: Should I sleep? My body replies in the affirmative. I have a busy day tomorrow. Last minute packing, final inspirations of things without which I think I can't live. Meeting Patrick at 11 for brunch. Eddie in the afternoon, maybe Jay in the afternoon, too. Then tennis with Eli. And of course, all other time with my mom and dog. Sleep would definitely help out the day. Not to mention the four hours of sleep I got last night, between 1 and 5 am. If I had a magic eight ball, I'm sure it would answer my question with "All signs point to yes."

I'm really excited, though. A little sad, but very excited. I'll be leaving people behind: my mom, Judo (my dog, for those of you who don't have the good fortune of knowing him), my friends, Eddie. Most of you will be here when I come back though, so it's only a hollow sadness, one that will disappear with the buildings and cars and people as my plane ascends toward the Pacific sky. It's more than just my first trip out of the country, more than a pilgrimage to the nation of my biological roots. I can't express in words what it is, though. Maybe the words will come to me as I venture into these places.

Packed, tired, and excited, I suppose I'll stumble off to bed. I'll probably manage one entry before I leave for the airport on Wednesday, and perhaps even one for tomorrow (departure's eve). And after that, who knows?
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