Semester at Sea Fall 2006 Voyage
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Semester at Sea student, and/or FSU Anthropology Department checking to
I actually did any work in my absence,
nothing like ten countries in 100 days. There is nothing like riding
broken bicycles through inches of mud in a
outside the Mekong Delta, bathing in the Irrawaddy in a longyi borrowed
from a newfound
friend, stumbling onto a hostel balcony at 5 a.m. to listen to the
to prayer, missing your stop on an overnight train ride because the
trains are just that sleepy, galloping through the Sahara by moonlight
pure white Arabian, waking up to mischievous grins, nargile smoke and
Turkish pancakes, or the thousands of other things that could never fit
a description on this website.
I initially approached this journey with a strict daily plan to assure I saw everything, accomplished specific goals, and documented every inch and second. Needless to say, that’s not even a thing. It didn’t take long before I began to regard this whole adventure as a wonderful and tumultuous crash-course in international travel. I crash and crash and crash on the way to wherever it is that I think I’m going, and end up somewhere else, for better or for worse, before finding myself in a better spot than I could have ever picked.
So for all
things worthwhile in this old earth, for your own sanity, for the love
Buddha, and for the natural yearning for all things that are beautiful,
the world and everything in it. Any way that you can.
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