Wednesday, February 09, 2005

India: The Itinerary

We'll kick-start our trip in Kolkata and head in all directions on the compass. We'll take tea in Darjeeling, stand on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi, relax in Kerala, hang with the hippies on the beaches of Goa, get a taste of Indian night life in Bombay, visit the blue city of Jodhpur, check out the Taj Mahal on our way to Delhi and make our way into the mountains of Dharamsala, where the Dali Lama has made his home.

Monday, February 07, 2005

A Tribe of Two...

Cheryn Flanagan | the practical one
I escaped the cornfields and confining borders of the Midwest when I left Ohio 10 years ago to live in San Francisco. Since then, I've been building a design career and settling into a comfortable, yet routine, life. I live in a small studio apartment at the top of park with the best view in the city. I see this view often, as I come and go from work each day, where I sit at a desk, moving a mouse around for 8 hours. My alarm has been set at the same waking hour for months, and I've committed my grocery list to memory. It's time to shake things up.

When it comes down to it, I'm traveling around the world to take a break from my life and appreciate the lives of other cultures. I've tried to find ways to make this statement a bit more poetic, so I came up with a simple haiku:

I'm invisible
A strange world I seek to know
Is waiting for me

Benjamin Kolowich | the dreamer
20,000 Leauges under the sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and Jason and the Argonauts are just a few of the classic movies I was exposed to in my formative years along with many books and stories by such greats as Jules Verne, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, and Lewis Carroll. My Father regularly injected thoughts and ideas about such places as Chichen Itza, Angkor Wat, Uluru, Nepal, Machu Picchu, and Nazca. All these culminated into an undeniable wanderlust. Needless to say daydreaming was a reoccurring subject on a lot of my report cards.

My technology background has left me in front of a monitor for entirely too long. Time to dust off the hiking boots and journal and make some of those dreams a reality.

What is Destination TBD?

Destination TBD is a state of mind, a way of being... and a documentation of everything involved in planning for extended travel, to living it, and returning home once it's time to wake from the dream. The name 'Destination TBD' is a natural, as my plans are to fly by the seat of my pants with my partner, Benjamin, without knowing where we will land physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Our travels will take us to Asia for upwards of 9 months to places like India, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Indonesia.

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