If you are a regular reader of this blog you may have noticed a pretty drastic drop-off in posts this past couple of months. That, at least for my part, has been because I’ve been doing a lot of traveling. I have lots of things to say about the experience but for now, I’d just like to share this amusing website.
http://www.sleepinginairports.net/ is a site dedicated to the practice, of, well... isn't it obvious? In the last 6 months I've slept in "Venice - Marco Polo":http://www.sleepinginairports.net/europe/venice.htm and "London Stansted":http://www.sleepinginairports.net/europe/londonluton.htm but I definitely plan on doing more of it. Most of all I want to visit all 20 of the "best and worst":http://www.sleepinginairports.net/bestof.htm airports. One thing I did learn that is not included in the "sleeping tips section":http://www.sleepinginairports.net/tips.htm is to put a sign around your neck asking fellow passengers to wake you for a flight. That saved me a couple of years ago in DC. A final tip: avoid the three receivers of the "Poopy Bathroom Awards":http://www.sleepinginairports.net/results.htm, Cairo, Addis Ababa, and Wichita, Kansas.
http://globalfreeloaders.com/ and "Couchsurfing.com":http://www.couchsurfing.com/home.html. Now I haven't had much experience with either site yet, but I'm going to be doing a bit of traveling over the next couple of weeks and plan on using the services extensively. I'll keep you posted. This could be the greatest revelation since the "homemade Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang":http://duenos.net/article/121/homemade-chitty-chitty-bang-bang.
One of the biggest things that gets me going is the idea of an epic quest. Ewan McGregor’s “The Long Way Round”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Way_Round, “1,000 Days at Sea”:http://1000daysatsea.blogspot.com/, and Noel Hidalgo’s “Luck of 7 trip”:http://duenos.net/article/229/Anepicopensourcejourney are all very exciting journeys. As epic as their scales are though, “this trip”:http://imagineonbike.com/ might take the lot. Barcelona native Patrick Gaño is on a bicycle trip (no motor!) that he has scheduled over the course of two years, all the way to Alaska. He’s planning on passing through France, Italy Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Greece, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Nepal, China and Japan. According to the “website”:http://imagineonbike.com/ which is unfortunately really bad, he’s already made it through to Turkey and is almost into Iran. Talk about inspiring! The picture was taken on the coast of Croatia.
A Brooklyn-based technologist/activist/blogger by the name of “Noel Hidalgo”:http://luckofseven.com/about will be embarking on an epic voyage he is calling: “On the Luck of Seven; an open-source journey around the world documenting free culture, social innovators & global change.” The journey will last 7 months, span 7 continents, cover the 7 seas, and visit the 7 wonders of the world, all while researching 7 “topics of freedom”:http://luckofseven.com/whats_focus/. The trip will start (duh) on 7/7/07, but only if 700 people pledge to give him $11.11. Follow the journey at “LuckofSeven.com”:http://luckofseven.com/.