I started this blog in June 2011, just before my girlfriend and I left for a two-and-a-half-month trip that began in Ireland and took us through France, Spain, Morocco, Senegal, the Gambia, Mali and Niger, the country where she and I served as Peace Corps Volunteers. Along the way, we met up with old friends, made lots of new ones and benefited from countless acts of hospitality and generosity.
Before returning to the United States, we spent two more weeks in Europe, stopping first in Portugal, then making our way back to Paris via northern Spain and southwestern France. The first 40-some-odd posts were written while we were on the road (literally in some cases) in buses and bush taxis, on beaches in Senegal and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and in train stations and airports on three continents. They’re part postcards for friends and family so they could join us for the trip, part self-indulgent observations on my part as we were lucky enough to delve deeper into nearly a dozen cultures.
Be warned – my writing here is not polished. I often only had time for a quick edit before posting it via the sporadic access to Internet we had along the way. But, hopefully there’s something in here you that strikes a chord with you. Leave a comment if you like, or shoot me an e-mail. If I’ve made mistakes or you disagree with me, let me have it. I’d love for this blog to turn into a breeding ground for thoughtful discussion.
In May 2012, we set out for another journey, this time beginning in France. We spent the bulk of this trip hiking 500 miles along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain, and I posted as often as Internet access allowed.
Thanks for reading!