Today, I’m leaving for a place that I have never particularly wanted to go and know absolutely nothing about. In five days, my free flight benefits will expire for one year.
I will get to Tokyo and then to Malaysia and not be “able” to get back.
(This is an exaggeration, I’ll get back whenever I have to.)
It’s nice going places you have never entertained a particular desire to be. There are no expectations, no pre-baked mythologies. When I imagined going to Europe, I had vistas of available imagery: books, film, pictures, other people’s anecdotes, and on and on. These are the things I paid attention to growing up. I retained them because the names were easy to pronounce and the history was endlessly (sometimes excruciatingly) repeated to me in classrooms.
I imagine Tokyo. Nothing.
I imagine Singapore. Nothing.
I imagine Koh Lipe, Krabi, Borneo, Kuching. Nothing.
I imagine the boat, my friend Emily, what it will look like, whether or not I’ll get seasick, the wind, what beers we’ll drink, what I might wear, whether the water-proofing on my boots will hold up (they’re already starting to decay in one heel), the color of my hair after it’s been in the sun for a very long time, who we’ll meet, how we’ll pass the time, and whether or not there will be a radio.
I have so small of an idea of what to expect that I’ve confused my intuition into believing that this trip will never actually happen. Actually — there is not even a small idea. I have NO idea what I’m in for.
Can you imagine anything better?
An invitation to be in the moment
This morning we decided on a spontaneous trip to Baker Beach with our two-year-old son.
Our city by the bay is done with Summer. That summertime fog that we wake up to is no more.
Homeward bound after a month in the USA
One day-One Hour- One Minute- It will happen. It is inevitable. Except it already has.
Top 10 Things To Do In San Francisco
If you live in San Francisco, you know to avoid Eddy and Leavenworth Street... *stab*
Wrote this the day after the attacks in Paris but was reminded of it this morning when I read the news about the bombing in Turkey
In Search of Color