The dusk of a new day
Trip Start Dec 09, 2006
49Trip End Apr 12, 2007
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Sun has set on another work week here in Austin, Texas, and for me the dusk brings more than a much anticipated weekend. Tomorrow is day one of the rest of my life, a new life, one without another work day in the foreseeable future.
Time flew. The past few weeks have been the whirlwind. Leaving a job isn't as simple as it used to be. Leaving friends is even harder. I am truly blessed here in Austin, and I recommend anyone who is hungry to take a trip around the world. I haven't paid for a meal all week. My friends are great.
I packed my bags last night pre-flight. It's full of toys and survival gear mostly given or suggested by my friends. Toilet paper, anti-diarrhea meds, hand sanitizer, a compass with whistle, international power converter and adapters, a ton of batteries, two-way walkie talkie, and of course a portable stereo (I hear it turns any thatch hut into an instant beach party). Oddly enough, there's still room to cram some souvenirs into the bag if need be.
I haven't really had a chance to slow down and let the whole moment sink in. My head has been spinning trying to get things all squared away and simultaneously get in touch with friends. I coughed up a little blood the other day, probably bronchitis, but I haven't even felt sick yet. I imagine my body will catch up to me as soon as I sit in my coach seat to Hong Kong.
11:15 am tomorrow is our scheduled departure from Austin. We'll have a short layover in Los Angeles where friends and family plan on getting us bombed on sake before boarding our international flight that night at 10:20 pm. Wicked smart idea.
Anyway ... I'll have about 20 hours to let my emotions and body catch
up with my brain. My next entry will be from a cafe in Saigon. Perhaps by then, I'll be able to put into words my gratitude and bittersweet excitement that leaves with me on this trip.
I want to thank all my friends who have made my experience at Texas a wonderful one, especially the last few weeks. And to my friends who have checked in from all over the globe, I look forward to writing you a postcard soon. You are all on this trip with me.