Thursday, April 30, 2009


Today is my birthday. Yay 21. Very exciting. But that's not what I'm thinking about. I'm thinking about the next 15 or so months of my life. I just got out of the "cultural orientation" for Morocco, and am presently sitting in the Africa orientation. I'm learning that I don't know what I'm getting into.

I'm learning that men will want to talk to me if I smile at them. I am learning that I won't be able to go anywhere without male accompaniment. I am learning that I will have close to negative "alone time". I'm learning that I might need to lie. I'm learning that I will be able to live more cheaply than I ever imagined possible. I am learning that I will, in all likelihood, become depressed during Ramadan, which conveniently begins just as I arrive (August 21!) and lasts - as you know - for a month. I am learning that I will inevitably fall in love with Morocco, travel in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and Arab culture. I am also learning that I will need to learn to be lonely.

Which brings me to this post's song: "Learn to be Lonely" by Andrew Lloyd Webber from Phantom of the Opera. Enjoy.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Hello World,

I'm escaping. Yes. Leaving. Running. Flying. I'm going to soon be departing on an adventure that I will probably never be able to repeat -- on many levels. I will discover things about you, world, as well as about me, and our relationship. I have invited you to come with me. At least virtually. Read my blog, comment, if I pose questions, answer them with your thoughts. Lets be in touch, world.

In the immortal words of pop sensation Robbie Williams, "Come on and hold my hand, I want to contact them living; not sure I understand this road I've been given..."

Which brings me to another point. I want this blog to not only be your connection to me and my travels, but to me and who I really am. So I will (when I remember and have time) recommend music - a song - at the end of each blog. If you don't want to know just stop reading before the last paragraph, and you can avoid it completely. In part, this is for my sisters, and in part to keep me musically sane as well as savvy. Great. So, as you have seen, today's song is "Feel" on the album Escapology by Robbie Williams. Enjoy.