Here’s what happened. After 4 years as a software engineer in Seattle, I quit my job in September 2007. After a year of skiing and mountain biking in Whistler, I decided to follow a dream: to become a world traveller. (Here is the longer version of what I was thinking.)
On October 8th, 2008, I embarked on a trip around the world. I wandered around the planet for two and a half years, visiting 61 countries and all seven continents. I spent time on the Indian Subcontinent, SE Asia, Australia & NZ, Canada, South America, Antarctica, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
In this blog you will find many tall tales of strange/amazing experiences I’ve had all over the world. I’ve been swimming in Antarctic waters. I’ve tried to outrun some bulls in Spain. In Istanbul, I’ve been washed by a large, hairy, Turkish man wearing only a cloth; found evidence of leeches in my underpants while trekking through the jungle in Malaysia; ate pig’s brain served in bile in Vietnam; climbed to the spot on Earth closest to the sun; been trekking in the Himalayas; saw the 2008 World Elephant Polo Championships (true story); tried the kebabs in Iraq; dived the Great Barrier Reef. I once did a 5-day boat journey down the Niger River, sleeping on sacks of rice, all the way to Timbuktu.
And that’s not even the half of it. Trust me.
Without being overly dramatic, this is the story of the greatest adventure of my life. Enjoy.