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Trip Start May 28, 2008
Trip End Aug 26, 2008

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

"Better to regret something I did do, than to regret something I didn't do"
--- Good philosophy and advice from a friend ---

Since announcing our intention to travel around the world this summer, many friends and family have been asking for updates or a way to follow us during our trip. We generally prefer to live our lives privately, so we found a cool travel blog we could use to share our adventure with friends and family yet still keep private with a password. Yay!

I don't know how often we'll be able to update it, but we'll give it a try from Internet Cafes along the way, and we'll take turns updating it so you will hear from each of us as we experience new cultures, histories, and languages.

Some have questioned my sanity for resigning from a stable job to take this trip, so I'll address that one right up front:
- I believe we need to the make the most of our short lives
- I believe travel is a virtue, and that we should each take time to travel outside our own borders
- I believe I have learned, grown, and changed for the better during all of my trips abroad
- I believe my wife and children should have the same opportunity
- I believe it is important to show our children that there are other ways of living, other ways that societies function, and other perspectives on global affairs

I have grown up during an accelerating period of globalization, I endeavor to have a global world view, I tell others that they should travel, and now I'm putting my money where my mouth is. For the record, I did try three times for a summer sabbatical but my management would not approve it. C'est la vie; I have adequate skills and talents to find work and earn a living again when I get home.

There is also the matter of the of the right "windows" in life for adventure, and for us the window is open. Laura and I don't have college classes this summer for the first time in years, Laura is not working this summer for the first time in years, and our children are now old enough to remember and learn but not so old that they don't want to travel with parents or are otherwise buried in the efforts of college or work.

I have never been afraid to make bold moves to improve my life, and I sincerely believe I am doing the best thing I have ever done for my family... so far.

Carpe Diem,

Here's a map that shows where we plan to go:

Our Countries To Visit

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obouhaddou on

best wishes
Well said Demian.
Of course you are doing the right thing. Are you kidding!

Nice photo of Ms Sterling.

My best to the family.


aza on

Nice one
i am so happy for you all! i have to say Laos was my all time favourite place in SE Asia ! I still remember the words for hello ' Sebedee' and thankyou ' Cop chaii' try to visit the Pak Ou caves - you reach them by boat - it is a retirement home for old buddhas :)
I am in Israel right now - just got back from the West bank believe it or not ...I feel pretty brave now :)
Big hugs to you all - am excited to hear all about it..
Ps. let me know when you are in Germany ( you are welcome to sleep at our house -just outside of Heidelberg - we have 2 extra bedrooms) and Eastern Europe - i may be in one of the places on your list when you are there!

aza on

Asia fruit
You MUST try the longuns ( spelling may be wrong here but that is how you say the word:) They are sold everywhere by the street vendors - smallish round ball shaped fruit sold in bunches - you peel them like a lychee... Also you must try the mangosteens - these are the best EVER !
I am so envious that you will be able to eat these every day right now :(

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