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Road Fever - February 3, 2010

Just finished reading “Road Fever” while on my flight to Punta Arenas, basically the bottom of the living world. Interesting book which I picked up, ok borrowed/stole, from the book swap in Santiago. I’ll bring it back, so it really is borrow. Anyways, set in 1987, it’s about a pair of guys who decided to drive an upcoming GMC truck from the southernmost city in south america to the northernmost city in north america for a guiness speed record. 23 years later I can attest do many of the toils they had still existing. Sure we have cell phones now, so communication is easier. But much of the random crime back then still exists in many of the same regions today.

Céline is reading it now, her English besting all of my other languages combined. It’s nice having a travel partner for a few days, especially one who’s willing to travel to the end of the earth with you.

Tips for today:
– CL – Puerto Montt – has a very nice and brand new airport.
– CL – Puerto Montt- the bus from the bus station to the airport is about $3 and is timed to meet the flights. Our bus arrived at 9:45pm which was the recommended time for our 10:45pm flight.
– CL – Castro, the capital of Chilóe, isn’t very much fun when it rains all day
– CL – Castro – hospidaje mirradores (spelled wrong) was incredibly homely. Felt like I was staying at my grandmothers house, had she added 6 bedrooms full of French, German, and brittish to the family.
– don’t sit in the front row of a bus unless it has 2 floors.

Next stop penguin country.

My Itineary… - December 13, 2009

Carrier Flight Number Departing Arriving Booking
Code
City Date & Time City Time
carrier
American Airlines
7711 NEW YORK JFK TUE 29DEC
10:40 PM
LIMA 6:35 AM L
OPERATED BY LAN AIRLINES S.A
CHECK-IN WITH OPERATING CARRIER
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
LAN Airlines
2564 LIMA THU 14JAN
12:45 PM
CARACAS 4:55 PM L
OPERATED BY /LANPERU
CHECK-IN WITH OPERATING CARRIER
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
LAN Airlines
561 CARACAS MON 01FEB
11:40 AM
SANTIAGO SCL 7:50 PM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
LAN Airlines
845 SANTIAGO SCL MON 22FEB
2:45 PM
EASTER ISLAND 6:10 PM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
LAN Airlines
833 EASTER ISLAND WED 24FEB
10:30 PM
PAPEETE 11:20 PM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
Qantas Airways
114 AUCKLAND SUN 14MAR
12:25 PM
SYDNEY 1:45 PM L
OPERATED BY /JETCONNECT FOR QANTAS
CHECK-IN WITH OPERATING CARRIER
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
Qantas Airways
577 SYDNEY SUN 28MAR
12:00 N
PERTH 1:55 PM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
Cathay Pacific
170 PERTH MON 05APR
12:05 AM
HONG KONG 7:55 AM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
Cathay Pacific
500 HONG KONG SUN 11APR
3:00 PM
TOKYO NARITA 8:20 PM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
Japan Airlines
707 TOKYO NARITA TUE 20APR
6:00 PM
BANGKOK SUVARNABH 10:35 PM L
OPERATED BY JL FOR JO
CHECK-IN WITH OPERATING CARRIER
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
Cathay Pacific
712 BANGKOK SUVARNABH TUE 27APR
4:05 PM
HONG KONG 7:55 PM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
Cathay Pacific
749 HONG KONG TUE 27APR
11:45 PM
JOHANNESBURG 6:55 AM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
British Airways
54 JOHANNESBURG TUE 11MAY
9:15 PM
LONDON HEATHROW 7:20 AM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
British Airways
548 LONDON HEATHROW SUN 16MAY
9:10 AM
ROME FIUMICINO 12:40 PM L
Peter Drier Economy
carrier
American Airlines
235 ROME FIUMICINO WED 01SEP
10:00 AM
NEW YORK JFK 1:35 PM L
Peter Drier Economy Lunch/Snack

I’m back - December 8, 2009

So things around here became a bit dead while I was away.  Living life didn’t exactly leave a lot of time for logging on and updating the world.  Let alone the varying qualities of internet access out there.

But I’m back, for a few weeks, with a hard drive full of photos & video, and some time to process/edit/upload them all.  So if you’ve been waiting for something, it won’t be much longer now.

Oktoberfest 2009 Video - September 26, 2009

Some scenes from Oktoberfest 2009

Day 0 - September 9, 2009

It’s 9pm in NYC right now, but I’m a few hundred miles over the Atlantic (Halifax to be specific) currently on our way to 37,000 feet.

Over the past few weeks, many of you have given me welcomed advise (and a number of you still owe me details mentioned during Electric Zoo…). Thank you! I’ll sort through the details over the next week or two and hopefully plan out the next year in reasonable detail. But don’t let me stop you from sending more travel tips and advise.

Two of you gave me significantly different advise, concerning survival as a party of one while thousands of miles away from everything and everyone I know. Most people don’t think about that side of the journey it seems, even though it provides the largest challenges.

So where does that leave me?

Predictions:

  1. This trip will change me. I’m going to see more cultures, eat more foods, and experience a variety of peoples exceeding even the most cultured New Yorkers.
  2. I have not fully comprehended the magnitude of that which I am undertaking.
  3. Life has a habit of dealing me the best hand when I’m just about done at the table. The last few weeks in NYC were fantastic! And I predict my continually changing locales to help create a world wide web of pretty ladies, couches to crash on, and drinking buddies to last a lifetime.
  4. I will spend a lot of $ on postage mailing postcards, sending home mementos so I don’t have to carry them, and sending couch surfing hosts thank you gifts.
  5. I will miss NYC:
    • pizza (had 2 slices today)
    • coke cola (they have it, but it’s way more expensive and I need to cut back anyway)
    • taxi driver abuse, I’m sure to get taken a few times without the ability to call them on their shit.
    • anything delivered any time I want. Seamless web, corner bistro burgers with deep fried bacon at 3am, …
    • FIOS, damn that was fast Internet. I could download or upload movies faster than I could watch them.
    • unlimited interned on my iPhone. I still have to pay for US access (thank you AT&T) but internationally I’ll be limited to 20mb per month (0.66 mb per DAY!) at $25 extra a month. Yikes.
  6. At least one “holy shit” moment every day.
  7. I’ll learn a little bit of a few languages. Definitely not enough nor quick enough, but a life worth of language challenges doesn’t change over night.
  8. The iPhone and the many available apps will prove invaluable.
  9. NYC will change while I am away:
    • a new mayor perhaps…
    • 311 will get a website where you can access or even enter tickets.
    • some major club will close (ok, that one was easy..)
    • the bank of america tower will finally have the windows that blew out in 2008 replaced.
    • FIOS will be available in some apartments I’d want to live in.
  10. I’m going to miss you all…

Time for bed. Day 1 starts in about 5 hours.

T -7 - September 2, 2009

Wow, this whole T-0 thing is coming up quickly..  I’ve finished moving all of my life in to 5x13x8 (feet)..  A long process but not nearly as insane as past moves.  One might even say I’m learning, and did it better this time because of said learning.  But I may also have just been lucky..  pretty hard to prove either way.

So, now that I’m homeless..  Time to throw the going away party.  Starts 2 minutes ago, so this post will be short..  But if you’re around tonight, Keybar..   13th between 1st and A..  (L train to 1st ave)  and I’ll be there till it’s done..  (6-12 in theory)

Parting is such sweet sorrow..  Not sure I understand that phrase right now..  Maybe I’ll figure it out tonight.

Free or cheap stuff. - August 26, 2009

I have some things that need a new home..

  • 2 ft by 7 ft slanted against a wall full size mirror from Ikea.. (orig $99)
  • queen sized feather bed with cover (orig 350)
  • HEPA Air purifier from Sears (orig 150)

I’ll add more and remove those that are gone as necessary..

Make offers..  Or let me know if you need more info..  -Peter

T-14, Packing.. - August 26, 2009

Have you ever had to pack for 6+ months before?  (I have, but that’s a long story)  Into a single bag? (ok, backpack, but I haven’t acquired that yet, so I’m guesstimating)

How about moving all of your worldly possessions into a jail cell sized space (13x5x8) ?

That’s what I’m in the process of..  Shutting down this apartment I’ve been in for 4 years now, the longest in a single place since I was 10, hasn’t been easy.  My mother taught me to be a pack rat very well, though my roommates made me love throwing things away..

I still owe you all some Miss Nine photos..  She sure is pretty, and I have a few worthy of the world seeing..  all as time permits though, my move on Sunday is pretty firm, and we’ll have to clean the crap out of this place on Monday so we can get our $6000+ back..   Aah, the unemployed life.

Question of the day:  What would you pack for a 6-9 month backpack trip?

Be specific, mindful of size and weight, and assume mostly spring/summer/fall climates..  I’m avoiding winter, or will deal with that on site if necessary..

Comment please..