Down to the wire...

Trip Start Jun 09, 2010
Trip End Dec 31, 2015

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Well, I'm going to give this blog thing a go.  Those of you who know me well know that this is going to be a big step for me.  I love to tell stories, but I much prefer the symbiotic relationship that comes with telling people stories face to face, where I can tell my story with more emotion, drama, humor, or whatever else is needed to get the story just right.  I also love to write.  Something I haven't done nearly enough of these past few years.  Again, I much prefer to write fiction when putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard these days.  But, here I am, committing to a summer of blogging my travels.  I'm not sure what is going to follow.  Will this be a collection of stories?  A daily journal?  A simple reporting of events?  I'm not really sure right now, but we'll see what happens.  

As my first official blog, I'm happy to report that I have nothing to report.  My trip has not yet begun.  I'm in that frenetic phase of making lists of things to do, things to pack, and getting all of my affairs in order before I take off for 2 months.  Simple, boring stuff like making sure my bills will be paid, my mail will be held, my house is clean so I can return to a tidy home. 

I haven't packed a single thing yet, that will probably happen tomorrow.  I'm actually kind of excited to pack because I just got new luggage that I'm itching to use.  I got a nice Crumpler camera/laptop backpack that I really think is going to make my life so much easier on this trip.  But don't worry my trusty-rusty green Jansport, you're coming along too!  I've had that old Jansport for 20 years and I've taken it on every trip I've ever gone on, literally!  I think I'll fold it up in the lining of my new suitcase, a nice little 21" roller duffle.  There's an odd pocket that I can't imagine using for anything else.  Packing will be quite an ordeal tomorrow.  I will be living out of these two small, carry-on bags (yes, that's right, I NEVER check bags any more, no matter how big the trip), for the next two months, so I'll have to choose well the things I'll carry with me. 

So, before I go, why am I starting my blog now, 5 days before I actually leave the country?  Well, for starters, I'll actually be leaving the day after tomorrow to attend a conference for my school on "Professional Learning Communities" in St. Charles.  I'm actually really excited about this, even though it is work related.  And once I leave my house on Wednesday afternoon, I won't see this place again for quite a long time.  I've traveled for long periods before, last summer I was gone for almost as many days, but I had stopovers at home along the way.  This time, it's a solid 2 months in a different bed nearly every night, I'll watch the sun rise and set in 14 different countries.  As exciting and adventurous as that sounds, I know that this time I'll long for home in a way that I haven't for a long time.  Some of the stops along the way are places that used to be really scary, like the Balkans back in the 90s.  Other places are still scary today, like Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Iran.  I'll meet a lot of new people from many walks of life.  I'll meet up with old friends like Silja and David in Germany, and hopefully Manfred in Vienna, and Chris L. in Albania.  I'll enjoy part of this trip with my family.  My mom and Mike, and Jay, and many of their friends, will be part of our tour through Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.  So, that's why I'm starting this now.  Getting my feet wet, so to speak, before things really get going.  I hope that this blog will be a way to stay grounded, tethered to home, in a way that normally I try to avoid.  Travel for me has always been a liberating affair.  I think it still will be this summer, but let's see what happens when I finally try to do what people have been begging me to do for years.  Write it down! 
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Linda Hooker on

I'm going to love this blog. I can hear your voice
when I read. See you this fall?

denise ware on

Hi Mr. Danny-bob, great blog, finally got a chance to catch up on your travels, sounds fun and interesting, be safe, we love you xxxxx other mommy dearest

aunt sandy on

Dan: I finally found your link in my spam. I read about 7 entries and kept trying to send you a comment but I don't understand facebook. My aide this morning tried to sign me up but I still don't get it. I can't sit at thecomputer for too long at a time but I love your blog. For me,who always lived to travel and never got to,it is like a wonderful gift.. The picture are great and your historical explanations make it so interesting, Please don't get tired and stop. I am so proud of you. Love Aunt Sandy

Grandma on

Hi Danny: Just wanted you to know I'logged on for info of your travels. Take care have lots of fun. Love you, Grandma

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