Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Best Traveled Spoon In The World

I have a spoon that I stole out of my dorm's dining hall in 2003.  As a permanent fixture in the catch-all pocket of my hiking backpack, it has been to England, Qatar, Nepal, India, China, Japan, Thailand, and Burma.  It's predecessor, which was stolen from me mere months after I stole it, traveled to Germany, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Swaziland, before hitching a ride with someone else near the border of Angola.

This many years, miles, and flights later the spoon portion is a little flattened, as is the handle - so maybe it's a knife now.  In a pinch it could probably be a fork too.

My spnirke wants to travel again, so away we go.  I go where my cutlery tells me. Eastward, garçon.  Beasts in the East Begins.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Bye Bye Buc-ee's

A year ago today I left Texas.  Totally unintentionally I have been saving a special treat to mark this anniversary.  You know how bride's save the top tier of their wedding cake in the freezer to eat on their first wedding anniversary?  Like that, but for the first divorce anniversary.  Damn it's going to taste sweet, and not just because it's from Buc-ee's.

Not that I've ever been divorced, but I imagine that not all divorces wipe clean all the best memories.  What do I miss every day?

#1: Longhorn Masters
#2: Food
#2a: BBQ...Cooper's beans, Franklin's brisket, Black's hatch green chile sausage
#2b: Taco Deli's tacos
#2c: Torchy's breakfast tacos
#2d: Juan In A Million's Don Juan taco
#2e: guacamole, slightly spicy, in abundance
#2f: Freebird's burrito salads
#2g: Phil's Icehouse burgers
#2h: fresh, handmade corn torillas
#2i: those tortillas (preferably El Milagro) with literally anything in them...in others words, tacos
#2j: Buc-ee's
#3: Mel

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Doctor Who?

How many Rx's does it take to keep a privileged, white woman alive in eastern Africa for two months?

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Patient Zero

I had my travel nurse appointment this morning.  Now the CDC is on-scene to put me into quarantine because I "have" polio, typhoid, malaria, and yellow fever simultaneously.  When the zombie apocalypse starts, you'll know who to blame.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?

Like last summer, when this session of classes ends, I'm running for the hills.  Last summer the hills were in the west.  This summer the hills are in the east.  WAY east.  Like, a 13-hour flight to East Africa, east.

The bulk of my time will be spent in Tanzania and Kenya, hopefully with a hop of Madagascar, and definitely with lay-overs in both directions in the Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) airport that I am sure will be eye-opening.

I travelled internationally every summer from 1993 to 2004, but now it's been an equally long time since I backpacked like this.  The last time I travelled internationally without a bike, Youtube and Wikipedia didn't exist.  Facebook only existed on Ivy League campuses.  For music, I took a Discman - and while away, wrote a book by hand.

Interestingly, after vast technological advances, I still choose locations where technology struggles to penetrate reality.  I guess we'll test the download speed of the wifi in the Serengeti.

Tune in starting June 23 for #Beasts In The East Tour: Summer 2015.  
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