A Message to Readers of The Foreigner
28.02.2013 - 27.03.2014
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First of let me say that I love having a platform for writing about travel and wish I could make better use of it. Unfortunately, the maintainance takes time, internet/wifi, and electricity-- all things that are not always available on the road (I am without electricity while writing this-- it's the rainy season in Tanzania). For this reason, sometimes I go a long time without new postings and other times I will post 3 - 6 in one week. I always have a half-dozen drafts hanging out waiting for my attention. Sometimes I finish one of them and post it. The trouble is after a lot of time passes, my views, emotions and memories have changed. That may result in deciding to delete some older drafts or if I decide to proceed, they may go in a new direction rather than the one originally intended (See World News Has New Meaning When Traveling).
The most difficult aspect of my blog has been posting pictures. Sometimes that is the primary reason I delay posting a blog. Updloading then downloading photos can be a slow process with borderline (or no!) wifi...add to that a sluggish netbook which once turned on demands excessive time for updates, scans, backup programs and security systems . Another difficulty is that while I can dredge up my memories for writing about something-- trying to remember why I took one of thousands of photos (oh....yeah...that's a barely visible basilisk lizard sitting on that branch) or where the photo was taken (Bosnia or Croatia?). At the end of this trip, I may have massive numbers of photos that have been rendered meaningless!
My blogs appear in date order, but they have not been completed in this order. So if you are cruising my site for new additions, you really need to go to the Table of Contents in case I have inserted a blog for a country I visited four months back (like Greece-- See The Heights and Delights of Meteora and Seeking The Oracle). This applies to the Picture Gallery too. Recently, I noticed that I hadn't posted pictures since Bolivia (month three). I was eager to remedy this since I have thousands of photos, but several attempts had me thwarted. So good intentions don't always pan out.
Here are the TOP 5 BLOGS on my site per the readers as of March 2014:
1- Selling OJ on the Djemaa-Fna
2- Waking up to the Sound of Spain
3- How to Use a Squatty-Potty
4- Salar de Uyuni Tour - Day 1
5- World News Has New Meaning When Traveling
Everytime I see that Waking to the Sound of Spain is on that list I wonder- WHY? There is a nice opening paragraph and after that it is typical and boring reporting. Someone please enlighten me! The more recent posting about squatty-potties finally pushed the one about counterfeit money in Peru off the list. On the other hand, the article (and experience) that I love the most doesn't seem to get much attention at all. I finally changed the title-- I think it was titled Climbing Huaynapicchu. The new title is more descriptive of my experience-- I Find My Inner Amazon Woman. Here are my choices in no particular order.
My Own Top Five:
I Find my Inner Amazon Woman
Say "No" to Terrorism
Mi Torrito - Love on the Road
Selling OJ on the Djemaa-Fna Thanks to Travellerspoint for making this a featured blog!
The Conundrum of Gibraltar
I still have huge holes in my postings as you can see from my map. Sometimes I just didn't have time, but there were some places where it was just too personal or emotional. I needed time to process what I had experienced (such as Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel and The Palestines Territories). Sometimes, I just wasn't sure how much to share since there are others involved (living in Rabat, Morocco with a family in the Medina while I studied Arabic and taught English to girls in a Muslim school). But after a lot of time passes, these may be even more difficult to write about it, but I hope I do eventually.
There's also that challenge of what to write. I don't really like the standard reporting of what I saw and did. I feel there are lots of guide books and a massive number of blogs that do that. They don't really inspire me and I did a fair amount of that while in Spain (though three drafts are still unpublished)...and frankly, I hated it. I want to give my family, friends and readers a taste of what I am seeing, doing, and experiencing, but not a blow-by-blow journal which is boring and time-consuming with very little reward/satisfaction for me.
The unpublished drafts for Spain still need pictures, but the primary reason I wasn't inspired to go back and finish them yet is that I hit a wall at that time. For the first time, I was truly being a tourist and feeling like I had to see everything...and it was leading to overload and burnout. I was losing my travel mojo. Unfortunately, it was too expensive there to slow down or settle in some place until it passed which is why I ended up staying so long in Morocco. My slow travel in Morocco and Tunisia was followed by fairly fast overland travel starting with Slovenia and winding through Eastern Europe until I hit Greece. Then I slowed down again (partly due to a respiratory infection in Jordan). The history and recent past of a few of those countries strongly affected me and I do hope to share some of that eventually.
So, please, don't give up on me or my blog. A handful of people have subscribed to my blog so that they are notified when I publish something new. For the rest of you, I encourage you to check back every few months and scan my Table of Contents for what you may have missed. I hope there will be something new and worth your while. That after all, is part of my pleasure in writing.
If anyone has a request for something specific (what's in my bag, finding hotels, etc), feel free to submit a request via a comment and I'll take it into consideration. I know that when I was planning my RTW, I wanted to know much more about budget planning and technology tools. Eventually, I hope to share more about the practicalities of RTW or long-term travel. For a start, I have posted Choosing Countries for an RTW though it may not be helpful if you are booking all your flights and hotels in advance-- my approach is a bit more off the cuff.
Hoping to read about YOUR dream trip someday,
March 2014 (month 13 of my RTW)