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It's the final countdown



Well Hello There,

Here I am sitting and looking at my backpack in the corner, still not to sure as to how I am going to fit everything needed for such a journey. It's hard to believe that after years of talking about traveling to lands far away I am less than 4 days from embarking on such an adventure. Flying out of BWI to San Antonio and then San Antonio to Thailand. A brief layover and than it's off to the mysterious land some would refere to as Australia. A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful woman flock like the salmon of Capistrano. Im talking about a little place called Brisbane.
What will await me as I step off the plane ? Not to sure. Am I a little nervous at this point, but full of excitement ? Definately. Do I answer my own questions even in the written form of communication ? Of course. I'll be the first to admit that in years past I would have never entertained the thought of creating a blog and my close friends can attest to this. Just having read past blogs where one rambles on about there mundane lives (i.e waking up to see it's raining and the rain drops reminding them of a stereotypical Beatles song from Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club) was enough to make me want to stick my finger down my throat. Okay so maybe that was a little on the extreme side, but at this point there's no turning back and it's safe to say that at the completion of this first entry I am officially a blogger. That being said, it makes perfect sense and is the ideal platform to share/store photos, chronicle my adventures, and stay in touch with everyone without having to utilize facebook (not that there's anythting wrong with it, just not really my bag)
Upon landing in Brisbane and having enough forsight to realize I will probably be exhausted and probably hungover I have taken the opportunity to book my first three nights at a hostel that goes by the name of Tinbilly Travelers. Conveniently located right off the metro stop and at $25 per night I figured you can't go wrong. The only thing I do know is that I will be in the Brisbane vacinity for at least a month. Thinking about heading 2.5 hours south to visit an Asheville like village by the name of Nimbin. Look it up as it seems to be a pretty weird, ecletic, type place. Hanging out down there for a week or two and then hopefully renting a camper van to drive across country to a town located at the northern tip of Australia called Darwin. At that point taking a plane to Singapore and then making my way to the mainland. Having a one way ticket into Australia I am free to roam as I please without worrying about having to get back to Brisbane when the time comes for this journey to be over. Thats all the planning I have done so far and any additional planning I feel would detract from the spirit of adventure and the unknown.
No cellphone, no computer, no keys in my pocket. Just a bookbag, passport, and an itouch loaded to the gills with music of all shapes, sizes, and flavors (just how I like my woman). Fortunately, there is a free app that allows me to text message through the itouch when I connect to wi-fi and once I figure out how to use it I will post the correct contact number. Since I will be utilizing internet cafes or hostels to enter my posts I am going to utilize a hard journal to write everything out prior to paying for internet usage. Meaning I will just re-key several journal entries into this blog once or twice a week so check back often as I plan to keep this puppy fairly up to date. Well that's it for now and I hope this first blog entry reaches everyone in good spirits. Also, can't seem to find a spell check function on here so take it easy on the speling critiques. Next time you hear from me I will be posting from Brisbane in approximately 1 week. In the famous words of a wise man who has greatly influenced my life

"Keep on, Keep it on"- Joe Dirt

Over and Out,


P.S- First one who comments with what band played "The Final Countdown" will recieve a treasure of unspeakable value (cheating and looking this up in Google is a black mark on your karma)

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