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I sold my Leica today.

By     |    Jan 16, 2011
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Or, I should say, my husband sold my Leica today.  I only have the patience for one go at eBay.  Paul persisted until an enterprising Russian bought it and lined up a friend in CA to whom to have it shipped (I once made the mistake of not specifying I’d ship within the US only, but that’s another story). It wasn’t a “real” Leica – it would never have been […]

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Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley

By     |    Nov 30, 2010
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Book reports – you remember those from elementary school, right?  Well, guess what, you’ve found the one person who loved those damn things.  In preparation for our next adventure, I’ll be boning up on my travel reading and sharing my “insights” with you.  This is the first in a series of book reports on my path to enlightenment by way of obsessive preparation.  Though, paraphrasing the great Yvon Chouinard, there’s […]

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Travel Nirvana

By     |    Nov 10, 2010
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Last night I was trying to explain a concept to Paul that he ended up deeming Travel Nirvana – even though he didn’t completely understand it. Travel Nirvana is about expectations.  But it’s also about a personal connection with a place.  Because a personal connection sometimes has nothing to do with your expectations.  It’s about feeling there.  It’s about getting a place – understanding and knowing it on a personal […]

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Saving Money, or, D’oh!

By     |    Oct 21, 2010
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“First we had to work to earn enough money for the trip.  Terry was all for starting at once with the twenty dollars I had left.  I didn’t like it.  And, like a damn fool, I considered the problem for two days…until my twenty dwindled to just over ten.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road Moral: plan, but don’t plan for too long.  We have a target, and we think […]

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Parting of the Inertia

By     |    Aug 24, 2010
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© Lisa McNamara There’s no work in walking and it fueled the talk I would grab my shoes and then away I’d walk Through all the stubborn beauty I’d start at the dawn Until the sun had fully stopped Parting of the Sensory – Modest Mouse I’ve been thinking.  What was the exact moment I realized that this corporate job thing wasn’t going to cut it?  That I couldn’t keep […]

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Our Travel Guidelines

By     |    Jul 8, 2010
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I don’t enjoy being dirty; I like to be clean.  Realizing that we need some sort of ground rules, some guidelines, to prevent petty arguments about bathing schedules, we’ve put together a simple list of travel guidelines.  These are the things we feel we must do to ensure our sanity: Shower at least every other day.  Preferably every day.  Actual shower conditions are unimportant – can be $1 truck stop […]

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The Beginning

By     |    Jul 3, 2010
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One Sunday afternoon we’re sitting at a table in the window of Wilde in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.  As usual, we’re feeling down on our corporate jobs and the prospect of another dull and unchallenging week.  Suddenly Paul says, “Let’s take off for a year.” I’m feeling crabby; the usual Sunday afternoon crabbiness.  I say, “I don’t even see the point of talking about stuff like this.  It’s too […]

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