Honeymoon with my brother

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

So, since this is my blog, I figure I get to write whatever I want! So this entry is not specifically about what I have been up to, but more musings on the trip as a whole. A friend recently mailed me a book: "Honeymoon with My Brother" by Franz Wisner. It is a true story of this guy who gets dumped by his fiancee days before his wedding, then decides to have the party without her and take his brother on his honeymoon! On that trip in Costa Rica, the brothers decide to quit their jobs, sell their houses, and travel the world.

While their trip is quite different from mine, in that they covered 5 continents and travelled together, many of Franz's musings I can relate to. There is a reason he is a writer, and I am not! Quite a few times as I've sat reading I've thought, "yeah, that's it exactly" but I haven't been able to put it in words quite the same way. So, for those of you who have done some long-term travelling, I recommend this book as a trip down memory lane. And for those that haven't, it explains much of what I and I'm sure many others have experienced, just in better words.

A few excerpts for you:
"During one-week vacations in past years, I'd sit on the beacj or in the hotel room, thinking about work assignments and to-do lists. Despite the distance, I couldn't escape the claws of responsibility. Employers and deadlines penetrated my brain...It was impossible to relax.

Now, after a month on the road, I'd reached a threshold. No longer did I think about the corporate life I had left behind...Sure, I missed my family and the comforts of home, the small things more than the large. I also longed for conversations that didn't start from scratch...Long-distance runners talk about miles getting progressively easier after you work through the first ones. Miles one and two are a grind, three and four a transition. Five and beyond and you enter a zone...I was beginning to see travel the same way."

"Like stomachaches on Halloween or athletes who talk about themselves in the third person, there are constants in life beyond death and taxes. So, too, for life on the road, especially during travels. Here's an incomplete list of things you can expect on an upcoming trip:
- Someone will stand up in the airplane before it comes to the gate, prompting a stern warning from the flight attendant.
-Your best experience will be something spontaneous.
-You'll change your views on an issue thought to be previously unalterable.
-Despite the push following September 11 for major changes in air travel, you'll see that security procedures in most of the world have been upgraded little.
-The longer you're on the road, the less you'll stress about things like traffic jams or lack of hot water.
-You'll feel guilty about not knowing a foreign language,byet believe even more strongly that English is the universal tongue.
-Canadian flags will begin to bug you. You know the ones. They're plastered all over backpacks and clothing by hyper-patriotic Canadians and optimistic Americans who somehow think they will be immune from abuse as long as they have a red and white maple leaf somewhere on their belongings. (A major topic of conversation on the road! -JF)
-Hotels that hosit the world's flags perpetuate falsehoods. The truth is world travelers come from a select few countries. The rest simply can't afford it.
-A traveler from the U.S. who gripes about something petty like bus seats that don't recline will reaffirm the notion of the ugly American.
-If you pay attention to travelers from other countries, you'll realize America doesn't corner the market on ugly.
-If you talk to enough people, you know that "uglies" from the U.S. and elsewhere are far outnumbered by respectful and curious travelers.
-Even if the trip strays from pla, you'll usually long for the next one within twenty-four hours of your return.
-Travel is the only investment with guaranteed returns. Count on it."
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