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...and I'm off!

So I've finally embarked on my trip. I was planning on leaving last Wednesday, then I pushed it back to Thursday, then Saturday, and so on and so on. Towards the end I realized I needed a couple days sitting around at home not doing much after hanging out with friends pretty much every day the past couple weeks, and planning on doing much of the same for the next year. Leaving home for a year turned out to be a bit more daunting than I expected.

But anyways, I finally finished packing and cleaning out my room last night, so today, Tuesday, Sep 13, 2005, marks the official start of my trip. I was thinking of flying or taking the Acela down to NYC, but how could I take anything other than Fung Wah Bus for the first leg of my trip!? I'm actually writing this from the Fung Wah Bus; I figured it'd be fitting to install my blog and write my first entry on the way down. I'll post a bit later about the amusing wonder that Fung Wah Bus is for the uninitiated.

So, I have quite a journey in front of me. I've barely left Boston and it already feels like I've been gone for a while. I don't miss Boston yet, but I'm sure I will soon enough, since I've never lived anywhere but the Boston area my entire life. I'll be in NYC for two weeks, then Aruba for 5 days, and then off to Ohio/Michigan for three weeks. After that's it's on to LA/San Diego, then Dallas/Houston, then back to Toledo for Thanksgiving.

My first REAL travel past the safe confines of places in the US I've visited many times will be my 3 month trip to India at the beginning of December. I'm really looking forward to it since it's been 8 years now since I was last in India. I'm sure things have changed quite a bit, and I'll be seeing lots of relatives that I haven't seen in forever. This time I'm planning on trying to see a lot more of the country than I've seen in the past. I plan on making it up to the Himalayas at some point. I might not quite be in shape to climb Mt. Everest yet, but I can still visit it!

Oh yeah, and I just installed the blog software on my way down, so it isn't very customized. I probably have lots of stuff to tweak. And it'll probably be pretty slow since this is still running on my old Celeron 433 server; my new 1U Opteron isn't in place just yet, but I'll be moving the blog and my pictures over to that in a couple weeks.

(I promise to get caught up on pictures over the next week or two! But everyone can feel free to keep nagging me about it, I don't mind. :)