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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Well I hope you're sitting comfortably...

Firstly, thanks for taking the time to at least click 'Enter Travelogue' with your mouse.

I've gotta say this whole online diary, journal, well actually 'Travelogue' thing is really quite exciting. I was originally planning to track down the nearest cybercafe, mould myself to a stool for four hours a day in order to send bulk e-mails to you lot, blinding you with details of my adventures. Not practical really, considering I'd invariably get a reply containing 'at least' one question, which I would then naturally reply to - and that reply would generate another question or comment which then I would in turn reply to with my own question or comment - and so on...

I have discovered as a result of my research that cybercafes don't offer backpacker accommodation as part of their wide and varied service! One visit every few days (or weeks depending on circumstances) will certainly be enough. Besides, I'm gonna be busy. There is so much to experience out there.

So here we are!

This way, I get to write a 'secret diary' that you all get to see! Apparently, I can tell stories, share my emotions, fears, excitement, misadventures (and other things as well...). From what they tell me I can upload pictures and video clips and add URL's (links) to other websites (though in reality they actually tell you how to 'code' it in their sort of 'web design' language - hmmm..) I'm already thinking about trying it out on the next 'entry' so bear with me as this is all so new!

Oooh just quick - thought it be worth a mention (for when I read back on this in years to come) - just answered the door and took delivery of my last Jill Yuen style Spare Ribs! Some of you at this point will know exactly what I'm talking about. For those that don't, I'm not even talking about the inferior Jill Yuen attempt from the local Ruby, I'm talking about the Jill Yuen style Spare Ribs from my good man 'Thomas' at Tom's takeaway.

'Tom, if you ever get to play with the internet enough to miraculously stumble across this Travelogue, I'd like to say thanks for fattening me up over the years and that I will endeavour to track down the very rare chopsticks made from 'wild Indian elephant tusks' that you are so longing for. That's a promise mate!

Right. Couple of things I need to mention:-

After a lot of thought and consideration as to how I'm going to structure this, I've decided (with the best intentions) to make this Travelogue fairly detailed whenever I can under whatever circumstances I find myself in - good or bad. The reasons for this are:-

1) To keep you lot up to date as best I can.
2) For me to keep a track of my journey in a sort of 'diary' kind of way and to document the experiences, emotions and adventures for years to come.

Originally this Travelogue was setup as 'private' which meant that you guys would have had to enter a password to access it. I have however, recently decided to make it 'public' so that it is accessible to the world. After all, I intended from the outset to make my entries personal and natural - so now in a sense , you can ALL get to know me in your own way.

I did ponder however on keeping it short, sweet and very pictorial so as not to bore people too much with droning waffling content. I've since decided against that. If it gets too boring - look at the pictures. One day, this to me will be a sanctuary of more memories than my little brain can keep up with on my journey. So I'm sorry, I need to do it.

Before I continue with my story, I'd just like to thank everyone that has shown me support and shared my enthusiasm. For those that haven't, if by any chance you do read any of this content at some point, I sincerely hope you can take something positive from it and I wish you well.

Righty-O! It's time for bed and I've got one Jill Yuen left - Tom you've done me proud!
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