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my favorite time of day.

So.... this one time.... I put a backpack on my back and a wallet in my pocket - and I traveled across the world.  I went through Europe and I went through India. I went to Africa and I went through Asia - and then I went back again.  The people I met - the sights I saw - the feelings I felt - the choices I chose - the information I  gathered - the appreciation I gained - the spirituality I discovered - the experiences I touched, the life I lived........ I will never be the same.  I have changed.  I have grown.  I have learned.  I have lived.  Pink Floyd once said, "All you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be."  I agree.

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Why did I write this blog and share it with you?  Because traveling alone for seven months can be lonely.

sunset on Koh Tao.
  I'm used to being around the people I love.  But here, there is No family. No friends. No familiarity.  Everything is new.  Everything is pure. But, none of you are around to share it.  And, somehow sharing this with you gives me a connection to my roots - to the people I appreciate and those I adore.  For me, sharing is giving.  I hope I've given you something even while I've been gone.

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Last night I layed on the thin wood-railing of an all-night slow-boat from Surat Thani to Koh Tao Island, Thailand.  Clasped between a tire and a rope - legs hanging over the water, Beer Chang in my hand, I looked out over the ocean, up at the stars, over at my fellow travelers from all over the world who were sleeping and sweating inside - on bamboo mats layed out between egg crates and rice bags.
Sunset from Sairee Beach, Koh Tao.
  I wondered, I loved, I smiled. I cried.  Traveling alone for so long results in a personal journey to somewhere deep inside you - to places that make you feel. It's overwhelming at times like this. 

There are few words and photos that can explain my seven months on the road - all the buses, trains, planes, boats, rickshaws, tuk-tuks, and mopeds.  All the guest houses, hostels, hotels, and bungalows.  All the scam artists.  All the amazingly wonderful travelers from everywhere. All the Buddhist philosophy and meditation discussions. All the thoughts in my head and the words in my journals.  All the photos in my camera and the receipts in my wallet.  The power of the children at the orphanage.  The wonder of the animals in the Serengeti.
sunset zen.
The simplicity of the Buddha in my studies.  The peacefulness in my meditations. The  fondness for the people I traveled with - from Iranians to Israelis, and everyone in between.  All of this is part of me now - forever.  Ask me about it.

Thank you for allowing me to share this journey with you.  I'll be home next week.  Call me.  I'd love to meet up and catch up. My eyes and mind have journeyed far and the latter has changed.  But, I'm still Dan (with dreadlocks, tattoos and piercings??).  And so it is true what they say all throughout Thailand: I am truely, "same same, but different". 

See you on the other side.....

sababa_g says:
I just read this last blog at the end of your trip. Beautiful really!!! Sounds like a really special journey!!!! Love, Nat :) :)
Posted on: Sep 29, 2008
mickeyd302 says:
Traveling alone makes us appreciate the moments that we do have company.
Posted on: May 18, 2008
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my favorite time of day.
my favorite time of day.
sunset on Koh Tao.
sunset on Koh Tao.
Sunset from Sairee Beach, Koh Tao.
Sunset from Sairee Beach, Koh Tao.
sunset zen.
sunset zen.
Posers....
Posers....
Buddhamandan.
Buddhamandan.
the epic time of day.
the epic time of day.
Mike, Steve and me!
Mike, Steve and me!
Mikaela, Sebastien, me, Mike and S…
Mikaela, Sebastien, me, Mike and …
Always music with the boys....
Always music with the boys....
I can dabble....
I can dabble....
Evening on Koh Tao
Evening on Koh Tao
Wet and wasted with Bailey during …
Wet and wasted with Bailey during…
Wet and wasted with Bailey during …
Wet and wasted with Bailey during…
The Canadians (I ran into these la…
The Canadians (I ran into these l…
Wet and wasted with The Canadians…
Wet and wasted with "The Canadian…
Tatoos are quite the in thing in…
Tatoos are quite the "in" thing i…
Welcome to Sonkran (Thai New Years…
Welcome to Sonkran (Thai New Year…
Welcome to Sonkran (Thai New Years…
Welcome to Sonkran (Thai New Year…
Welcome to Sonkran (Thai New Years…
Welcome to Sonkran (Thai New Year…
$12/night bungalows on Sairee Beac…
$12/night bungalows on Sairee Bea…
Even Thai kids were valid targets!!
Even Thai kids were valid targets!!
just chilling by the pool....
just chilling by the pool....
our little crew....
our little crew....
Sebastian and Mikaela
Sebastian and Mikaela
Seb, Mikaela and me...
Seb, Mikaela and me...
me with Bailey and Steve.
me with Bailey and Steve.
Steve and Mikey
Steve and Mikey
the boys.
the boys.
beach lounging....
beach lounging....
ultimate beach lounging....
ultimate beach lounging....
A typical restaurant/cafe on the b…
A typical restaurant/cafe on the …
A prime Thai target..... (though m…
A prime Thai target..... (though …
Sexy canadian!
Sexy canadian!
My bungalow on the beach.
My bungalow on the beach.
Sairee Beach
Sairee Beach
my last sunset.  bye bye....
my last sunset. bye bye....
Sunset and beers on Koh Tao.
Sunset and beers on Koh Tao.
Bailey buying gas for our bike....
Bailey buying gas for our bike....
Massages on the beach.
Massages on the beach.
Dont drink and drive.
Don't drink and drive.
Thai Buddha
Thai Buddha
Thai Buddha
Thai Buddha
Leaving Bangkok - Taipei - San Fra…
Leaving Bangkok - Taipei - San Fr…
The Last Supper....
The Last Supper....
Mikey, Steve and me...
Mikey, Steve and me...
Firedancers.
Firedancers.
Firedancers...
Firedancers...
Buckets....
Buckets....
its all in her eyes....
its all in her eyes....
crazy girl...
crazy girl...
crazy guy...
crazy guy...
Corrine the Australian vet - fixin…
Corrine the Australian vet - fixi…
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