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    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall - (K) Humorous and thorough history and science behind ultrarunners and long-distance running
    *****
    Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela - (K) An autobiography covering his childhood, years as a freedom fighter and incarceration. Inspiring and informative
    *****
    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - (K&T) A mystery set in Barcelona involving an old book, a failed writer and murder
    *****
    Lush Life by Richard Price - A Lower East Side tale of cops, drugs and drinking
    ***
    The Chinese by Jesper Becker - (K&T) Modern history of my peeps, from the cultural revolution to the many failed economic and social attempts to move the country forward
    ***
    Setting the Table by Danny Meyer - A "how-to" on hospitality and business acumen by the restaurateur behind such NY institutions as the Shake Shack and Union Square Grill
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    The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama - Obama lays out what is wrong with the current government and how, vaguely, to change it.
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Annoucement

Sorry we haven’t updated lately. It has been a really busy couple of weeks as we moved out of our NY apartment, flew down to Nashville for a few days, slept on multiple couches, moved our stuff to Seattle and tried to see all of our friends and family in Seattle.

Oh. And we quit our jobs.

Well, kinda.

Kelly had to quit as her job was based in NY so that was a given at some point as our future isn’t in NY. I was able to arrange some extended time off from work. The benefits of working for 8.5 years for the same employer AND hopefully having done a decent job over those years.

We also rented out our condo and house in Seattle for the next year.

So, where does that leave us? Unemployed, homeless, with some money in our bank accounts and dramatically reduced monthly life expenses.

For the next 10-12 months, Kelly and I plan on hitting the road and seeing the parts of the world we’ve never had a chance to see before. We leave on Jan 5th and in the meantime we’re going to enjoy a couple weeks in Seattle, hopefully getting some turns in at Baker and then head down to Phoenix to see my son and family. After that, we don’t return to the US for several months.

Our rough itin looks like this:

1/5 Phoenix-Los Angeles0-Seoul(23 hour layover)-Taipei-Bangkok.

For the month of Jan we’re going to hang out in Bangkok for a few days and then head north up to Chang Mai, Chang Rai and then into Laos. We’ll either cruise back down into Thailand or come down into Cambodia. We just need to be in Saigon on Feb 14th because we’re meeting my parents there for 15 days of extensive Vietnam travel.

We finish that up on the 28th and we’ll either head into Sapa for a few days for some trekking or head straight south to the beaches of Thailand and hopefully some rock climbing and diving. I’d like to take the train down to Singapore but we’ll see how time goes. I have to be in Singapore to catch a flight to Phoenix to spend a few days there for Andrew’s spring break.

I’ll return to meet Kelly in Bali and after that we’ll head to Sydney and north Australia. We plan on renting a campervan there and zooming around the beaches. Then, we’ll cruise over to New Zealand.

After Oceania, we plan to fly to Hong Kong and spend the month of May traveling around China, including a little train trip to Tibet and hopefully a little time in Nepal. Finally, I’d like to take a ferry from Shanghai to KObe, Japan and spend a couple weeks in south Japan. We have a flight that leaves Tokyo in June 18th, just in time to make a week long Sale family trip to Panama City Beach, Florida.

As you can tell, that is a lot to fit into 5 months and I already feel like we won’t have enough time. But who knows what will happen, where we will stay or how we might change our mind along the way and the next 5 months or so is totally up for debate as we think we’ll head to Brazil, Argentina and Chile for a couple and then head over to Europe for a couple more. We also have a limited amount of money and so that helps determine what we can and cannot do. Luckily, all of our flights are on miles (and in Biz class at that!) and we can stay pretty cheaply in Asia and South America.

We’ll blog a lot more as we finish packing and hit the road. We have already gotten our shots (yellow fever, hep a, b, polio boosters, etc), picked up our malaria pills and emergency antibiotics and should have most of the very limited gear we’ll be taking. We’ll talk more about that later, but suffice to say we are packing ultra light, with just a smaller backpack each.

That is all for now. K is making lunch on this beautiful, snowy Seattle day and then I’m catching a ride up to the cabin at Mt baker for a couple days of riding. Maybe I can convince Kelly to write a much more humourus post while I’m aware.

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2 Responses

  1. It was so great to see you up in Glacier this weekend! I can’t wait to see K in Seattle on Tuesday. I lucked out and get to see you both before you head off on your great adventure (or rather, your NEXT great adventure, as you two have so many and they keep coming!).

    Be safe, have a blast and can’t wait to read the blogs from abroad and see all the amazing photos that are sure to come!

  2. Wishing you guys a safe and healthy journey!!! I can’t wait to see pics and read stories!

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