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I leave for six weeks of India in about an hour. I usually write a blog somwhere, but sparked by the interest of some TG-ers I figured I would write it here this time around. And who knows, maybe it might inspire some of the fans of american exceptionalism of which there seem to be suite a bit in TG, to travel themselves one day and learn about different culture. Failing that, I'll aim to spark at least an interest in other cultures, and the exceptional wisdom and creativity that exists in every single culture if you bother to look at it in the right light.

Departure: I leave in a few hours by -tram(trolley?) then -train -plane -plane -taxi -plane -taxi. All together I aim to arrive after a journey of approximately 30 hours and this right after a full night shift.

Fortunately, experience tought me that suffering a lot before you arrive at a destination makes it exponentially easier to acclimatise to whatever circumstances you will find yourself in.

So tommorow I should be in a place that I have no clue about, other then that it has a temperature around 35c at this time (vs 1c in Belgium), lies on the southwest coast of India, and has stuff. Now I know travelling without an itinerary is intimidating for many people. But once you have done it, it is so liberating, so enthralling that it is nearly impossible to go back to planned travelling. This is another aspect which I hope will be interesting to some.

Any remarks or questions are welcome. Furthermore I don't know too well how the blogging system works on TG, so I hope I won't bother anyone if it does or does not appear on the main page.

Biggaayal, (since very recently proud) citizen of possibly the first country in the world with an openly gay and openly socialist prime minister which has not collapsed into chaos sodomy and concentration camps against all odds for now .

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  1. BigGaayAl's Avatar
    OK I just found a typo suite=quite, but I can't find the edit button. Anyone?
  2. John CANavar's Avatar
    Hey Al, looking forward to your posts/photos from India. I`m sure this will be a great adventure. Have fun my friend, keep us informed.
  3. Skud's Avatar
    ". . . Which has not collapsed into chaos sodomy and concentration camps against all odds for now"

    Quote of the day.

    Keep us updated.
  4. Finestyle's Avatar
    Have a safe journey Al, looking forward to following your India adventure blog
  5. westyfield's Avatar
    Have a good time and stay safe! I think there should be an edit button at the top somewhere, but it's been a while since I used the blog feature here.
  6. Coridon's Avatar
    Keep us updated on the details of your trip, Homey G!
  7. MacLeod's Avatar
    I took some interesting courses in Bengali this last summer - your on the complete opposite end but it will be nice to hear some stories.
  8. SuperDudeBT's Avatar
    I love the idea of traveling without an itinerary. I'd like to try it. I take it you're traveling alone? Do you usually find new folks to hang out with on a day to day basis, find some folks and stay around them for a lot of the trip, a combination of both, or kind of stick to yourself? I'm just curious how you do it.
  9. Jeepo's Avatar
    Update al. Hope you are well!

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