Day 0: the beginning of something

(Chicago, USA, August 19, 2015)

Goodbye Chicago…

Hello world!

In exactly one week, I will be flying across the globe to begin a months long hiatus from productive adult life. I will be hitting a few countries in a couple continents. I won’t see everything (I’m saving the rest for next time), but I will see a lot of places, meet a lot of people, and experience some new things. The hope is to come back a more interested and interesting human being.

A lot has happened along the way to this point in my life. After setting off down the road well traveled, I’ve decided to start hacking my way through the undergrowth with hopes of finding some other road. When I’ve found it, dear readers, you will be among the first to know.

But until that time stay tuned for updates on my journey through Asia and South America and San Francisco, USA. My tentative itinerary looks something like this (further details TBD):

  • Seoul
  • Tokyo
  • Mt Fuji
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Thailand
  • Chicago
  • San Francisco
  • South America
  • San Francisco
  • Washington, DC
  • San Francisco

The road will be long. So in preparation, I’ve done a couple things —

  1. Quit my job
  2. Booked some travel
  3. Sold a lot of nonessential stuff
  4. Taken care of administrative and clerical necessities (health insurance, mail forwarding, talking to Comcast on the phone to convince them that, yes, I really do need to disconnect my service, etc.)

— and there are a couple things left to do —

  1. Pack remaining essential (?) stuff
  2. Move said stuff into long term storage
  3. Finish booking (mostly lodging) for the first 2 weeks of the trip (leaving the latter portion mostly unplanned)
  4. Get the most out of my remaining time in Chicago
  5. Finish saying my goodbyes to all the incredible people I’ve met out here in Chicago
  6. Set sail (on a plane to Seoul, with a layover in the endearingly tenacious city of Detroit)

— and with all that done, the adventure begins. It’s the beginning of something. The doors are opening up onto the rest of my life, and I like what I’m seeing.