Trip Start Nov 14, 2011
Trip End Dec 23, 2011

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

So I most definitely underestimated the stress involved in planning and packing for two separate trips totaling eight weeks and driving home to Mentor.  But I made it, bags packed and ready to go.  Yesterday I had a great dinner with some wonderful friends, and today I got to spend some quality time and catch up with two of my favorite people, whom I haven’t seen in a very long time.

Anyway, I have been getting a lot of the same questions from many friends and family, so I thought that I would add a FAQ’s section to this entry….here we go….

Q: Why would you want to go to Southeast Asia?
A:  Why not?  It sounds awesome to me….why would you not want to go?

Q:  Is it safe?
A:  Safer than you probably think as long as you aren’t stupid.  I do not plan to be stupid. 

Q:  Aren’t you worried about being kidnapped/raped/molested/robbed/poisoned?
A:  Nope.

Q:  Are you more excited or nervous?
A:  I’m not nervous at all, I tend to do well on my own.  Starting to get excited but it probably won’t hit me until I actually get on the plane.

Q: What are you packing/bringing?
A:  As little as possible.  Everything I bring will have to be carried on my back, so if it isn’t essential, it doesn’t get to come.  I’ve got a big backpack and a messenger bag.  My backpack officially weighs in at 19.2lbs and my messenger bag comes in at 7lbs.  Even that seems like a lot to me….you can expect to see the same clothes over and over again in most of my pictures….

Q:  Why are you going alone?
A:  For me, going alone will be so much less stressful than going with someone or a group of someones.  Again, I really do better on my own than with others whom I have to keep track of or look after.  I can sleep when I want, go where I want, do what I want.  For instance, if I am scared to eat the food (a distinct possibility) and eat nothing but ice cream for several days (also a distinct possibility), well ice cream is delicious and there is no one to complain about it.  Plus, I am hoping to meet loads of fellow travelers along the way to hang out with and swap stories. 

So that’s it people!  I am currently working on more pics for you, as well as a possible phone number for everyone to be able to call/text me.  More on that to follow….

Next entry will be (keep your fingers crossed) from Hanoi, Vietnam!   

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