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Tuesday, 01 May 2007

Location: New York, USA

Welcome to my lastest travel blog! I got bit by the travel bug big time since my adventures in Australia & New Zealand and have been dying to go out there and discover the unknown ever since I got back to the US. I am so thrilled to start planning my trip, along with my college friend Deirdre who will be joining me, although I am quickly realizing how much research we have to do. Don't get me wrong, not every step of my journey is going to be pre-planned; I just want to make sure I have some basic paths carved for myself so I have to do less planning and more enjoying to do on the road.

This past weekend, I started getting down to business. Saturday morning, I went to my library for pretty much the first time ever, which is ridiculous since it is literally a 30 sec. walk from my apartment. I stupidly spend so much unneccesary money on books, but there's just something wonderful about OWNING a book. I ended up getting guides for India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal and a few other countries. I also got a writer's account of his travels in Africa: less of a how-to and more of a novel. I also just finished reading Elizabeth Gilbert's "Eat, Pray, Love," which is pretty much my new favorite book. It was the most recent inspiration for this trip...of course, my inspiration comes from many different places, but this is what jumpstarted this leg of the race.

Sunday afternoon, I dragged myself to the NY public libary to this event www.nypl.org/research/chss/pep/pepdesc.cfm?id=2899
. It was really fascinating. The very intellectual sounding authors have all written books about traveling, but don't like to consider themselves travel writers. They also poked fun at Bill Bryson, who is one of my favorites! They spoke about people wanting to go to the most exotic places on Earth as a way of escaping themselves, but the first thing people pack when they are leaving to go on these trips IS themself...so there's no way to really escape. You can certainly change and learn, but not escape your inner demons and become an entirely different person just from being in a different place. I do find myself thinking that I will change as a result of activities such as living at an Ashram in India and meditating for 2 weeks or traveling via a bus loaded with chickens, etc. We'll see.....I'm excited to say the least!!

Love,
Jillian


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