844 days, 20,256 hours, 1,215,360 minutes, or 72,921,600 seconds. That is the approximate duration of my world tour. I never wanted it to end and now, in a manner of speaking, I suppose it never has to. If you wish to go by country do so by clicking on one above. They are numbered in the order I visited them, more or less. If you enjoy reading about it even a tenth as much as I enjoyed living it then you will not have wasted your time. Grab a refreshing beverage, settle in a comfortable chair, and make a journey across the world, experiencing it as I did. Then get off your ass and check it out for yourself. You're not getting any younger.

And so it begins ....

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Who am I and why should anyone care?  My name is Richard.  Nice to meet you.  I expect no one to care and few to view this blog.  So why do it? Why bother?  Vanity.  Self-edification.  Obsessive-compulsive disorder.  I am honestly not sure. Writing makes me feel good.  Writing helps me remember.  I really want to remember.

I have been trying to write a book for some time but it is like extracting blood from a horseshoe.  Maintaining this space might get my creative juices flowing.  Then again, maybe not.  There will be rants.  Prepare for non sequiturs. I will probably grow tired of the whole fucking thing. Time will tell. Follow me, will you?  Let us make this a collaboration, shall we?  [Insert uplifting theme music here]

The contours of my trip are amorphous to say the least.  I am starting in Indonesia sometime around January 12th, 2009. No idea how long I will be gone, where I will go, or what I will do.  I do not know what this is. I know what it is not. It is not a vacation. An escape?  Maybe.  An adventure?  Definitely.  One man's search for nothing? Everything? The 'everything' inside the 'nothing'...ness?

I will use this as a travel log.  I will document shit.  Add pics and video. Insights, ponderings, and autobiographical tidbits may find their place.  I have been known to be random on occasion.

I hit up The Thorn Tree Forum on the Lonely Planet website to garner info about the visa situation in Indonesia.  I approached it with a bit of joviality and playfulness, an approach unappreciated by some of the folks that answered my query.  You can check it out the thread here.  You may find it mildly amusing. Most of them did not.

You may not like me. I'm not sure I like me. If you do, thanks a bunch. If you do not then go ahead and fuck yourself with a cinnamon stick...but in a good way.



'Love me or hate me, but spare me your indifference.' -- Libbie Fudim