Days 4 & 5 – Taking it slower

One of the things that I wanted to work on while on this trip is to take things slower. It’s my natural inclination to do things at an extremely fast pace and don’t I give myself time to relax. That is evidenced by the fact that I started my trip on the last day I worked. So these last 2 days I’ve slowed the pace considerably. My friends Wilson and Muriel both had flights out on Friday so I headed off to my uncles but not before getting a climbing session in with Wilson at the gym. It was a much needed session as I had not been climbing in about a month. It had been over a year since I had seen my uncle and was excited to get to spend some time with him. Friday we spent hours talking, went out to dinner, and after dinner we sat…

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Day 3 – Roosevelt Island in DC

Yesterday I walked to Roosevelt Island. The island is situated in the Potomac river and has a multitude of trails as well as a monument dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt. The scents of honey honeysuckle were immediately noticeable and were extremely pleasant. A stark contrast from the car exhaust I am used to back home. There is a section of wetlands with tall grass, cat tails, and other wetland vegetation. Despite the rain birds could be heard throughout. I spent several hours in the park and didn’t really want to leave because of how serene it was.                       After a couple of hours on the trails I ran into a little lizard that looked like it had fallen off a tree, or had been dropped by a bird. It’s body was still contorted and it was very much still alive. For…

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Day 2 – Running errands is still part of life

Yesterday morning I chose to better organize myself and take care of my car maintenance. The first thing I had on my mind was that I had not chosen an expense manager for this trip yet. It will help to keep me in line with my budget but once I have enough data I would also like to share that information to take the mystery out of the costs associated with a trip like this. I wound up selecting the free version of expense manager for the android. What I like about this app is that it lets me attach a photo of the receipt, has customizable categories, exports to excel, and syncs with my google cloud storage (dropbox as well). The second item on my list was my car maintenance. I got that done and quickly realized I am already way over budget. 🙁 Onto more enjoyable things… Yesterday…

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Day 1 – Washington DC

On my first post from the road it seems poetic and fitting that I should be writing this from the Korol residence. I met Wilson and Muriel Korol on a bus on our way to Chile a year ago. What started out as a brief conversation on a bus, has turned into a friendship that has had a great impact on me. They have been extremely instrumental in my decision and preparations in embarking on extended travel. They provided an example of intelligent successful people that made a conscious choice to travel the world. They helped in answering my many questions on anything from health insurance, visas, prevalence of wifi, and financial management from the road. At every turn they provided nothing but positivity and encouragement in my process. It helped take a lot of the fear out of this decision. I think it’s a good omen that I am…

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