Tagged: rtw

Reflections on RTW 2.0

“Hey! I know you!” A shocking greeting that came from a stranger somewhere on the Mongolian Steppe. “Yeah. You were on my flight. I remember you because the flight attendant poured wine on your pants and spent like five minutes...

Passport and map

Last Few Minutes in the US (for awhile)

I’m sitting in the Washington Dulles airport having flashbacks to a time I sat in the Atlanta airport some five years ago. It was then that I was about to strike out on my first trip around the planet. Before...

Thank You Greensboro News & Record

I was flattered when Doug Clark over at the Greensboro News & Record invited me to contribute some excerpts from this blog to their paper. I was humbled when I saw the result this morning. So, if the $382 in...

A Long Wait at Customs Inside the Country

In what I think will be the final act of this RTW adventure, I headed to Raleigh a couple of days ago to pick up a package I sent myself from Cape Town. The package went air mail. It turns...

Getting Around the World in About One Month

When I set out on this journey, I planned to take in the world, not take it on. I went to places I’d read about, but never seen. Nowhere I visited was “undiscovered.” There were Starbucks, Apple Stores, and KFC’s...

Welcome to the Sky

I can’t talk about my day without acknowledging what happened in Connecticut. It’s impossible to imagine anything more sad. As I’ve encountered people from all over the world today, when they learn I’m American, they have offered their condolences. It’s...

Queenstown is Remarkable

Saying the Remarkable Mountains, which stand guard over Queenstown, are “remarkable” is a bit like telling a tall person he’s tall. “Hey! How’s the weather up there, guy?” Sure, it’s true, but you’re not the first idiot to say it....

God Save the Queenstown

I’ve only just come into Queenstown from Auckland, but may I illustrate the difference between these two cities? Auckland is a big city — beautiful — but big. It’s not unlike Philadelphia. Queenstown is more like, say, Vail. As I...