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If–>Then: Planning & Decision-making

I aim to be optimistic and always provide a genuinely encouraging portrayal of travel and life on the road but right now it feels downright dull and aggravating. Aggravating because of the combination of a plethora of options and my indecision paralysis are slowly driving me nuts. I know I don’t really have anything to complain about and I know my life is damn good; I’m blessed beyond measure to be able to travel footloose and fancy free–but I shall whine a bit regardless… Without the urgency of a compressed timeline (e.g. vacation, sabbatical) or the restrictions of needing to adhere to a specific itinerary, I find myself feeling listless and uninspired for the first time in months. I’ve been going for the better part of a year and it appears I’ve hit my slump.

For the record: I adore Waffle House (scattered, covered, smothered).

For the record: I adore Waffle House (scattered, covered, smothered).


My drive to pack up the backpack and hit the road is on hiatus. The itchy feet that plagued me months ago are feeling heavy and reluctant to put on more miles. The novelty of unfettered travel has lost some of its luster and now I feel like I’m sitting alone on a sticky vinyl booth inside an all-night diner; it’s 1am. The broken fluorescent lights twinkle off the dented silver milk tin next to my bottomless cup-o-joe as an indifferent waitress stares down at me. Though there are no other customers, she is impatient and irritated with me. Continue reading

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The new (new) plan*

Howdy readers,

You may have the distinct impression that I haven’t been writing during my 2 radio silent months–but you’d be wrong!

In an effort to re-jumpstart this here blog–a blog for which my enthusiasm hasn’t waned–I’m enacting the new (new) plan. In addition to embracing all things far-out n groovy as bonafide subject material I’m going to be posting up all the posts I’ve written over the months yet failed to publish. Yes, there will also be some nifty living in the present blog posts (sneak peak: elephants and chasing destiny!).

You shall be treated to re-enactments of visiting the world’s largest subterranean cavern at Mulu Caves in Borneo, read my struggles attempting to rationalize the complex ethics of adult entertainment and the sex trade (racey-stuff that will probably bother my mother a bit…) and read my wide-eyed but participatory attempt at assimilating into the Laos backpacker scene.

And yes, I really should post more photos…

So there you have it: writings from the past about the past being presented as present sometime soon in the future. And hopefully the new (new) plan sates those two months of bloggy starvation.

Xoxo,

~L

*subject to future revision 😉


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Bushwhacked

NOTE: this was written on dec 11 but due to lack of wifi is being posted on dec 14. Other posts will be forthcoming in next few days and will offer a “retrospective” on the past days and weeks in Borneo. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions, comments or curiosities about the chronology.

So darn beat, bushwhacked, exhausted, rung out, wiped, done, over, whooped, spent.

This shall go down as best birthday ever [to date].

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This one time… In Borneo

This trip has immensely surpassed any expectations I had set for it. The youth cultural conference was too much fun and I think more an inspiration for me and my fellow speakers than even for many of the participants–at least it’s hard to imagine being any more inspired, humbled and amazed than we feel so I hope the participants also had life-altering/affirming experiences.

Have spent the last few days bumming around Kuching but, true to my nature, I grow weary of the city life. It’s been fun and I continue to learn, continue to make new friends however the woods call to me.

I have yet to see a monkey, orangutan or majestic hornbill–chasing after natural wonders will come soon enough however. For the time being it is simply wonderful to be basking in the company of friends and with myself as I fulfill my mission: Travel. Write. Learn.

I joked yesterday that if I’m doing two of the three it’s not a bad day. I do have some posts written but haven’t had the sustained opportunity to get onto the Internet to fiddle with proper formatting and publishing. Those will be coming shortly–at least before I leave Borneo next week.

Please keep checking back, leaving comments and also celebrating your own life.

Much love to all!