120 days – and counting….

120daysToday marks 120 days until I leave Southern California.  I thought I would share a bit of my planned itinerary for those interested in hearing about my future journey.

First, I should explain that the initial plan, over 8 years ago, was to pick up and move to Manhattan in 2016.   Why?  That’s a two-part answer.  1) Because NYC is where I would have gone had I not followed a boyfriend to Southern California back in the 80’s.  I was in love with the city even though I had never been.  Since, I have been to NYC 20 times or more.  I still love the city! And 2) because I didn’t want to live in the same house, same city where I raised my children.   My kids have been my whole life for over 20 years.   I can look at their leaving, their absence as a hole in my life, as something to pine for and miss.  Or I can look at their leaving, their moving on as a success, as an opportunity.  The latter is what I choose to see and I’m taking this opportunity to full my life with the adventures I crave.

Today my plans have morphed and grown.  Now, not only do I plan to leave our little local ‘hood, but I also plan to venture out – to see the world.  My first steps of my journey are not taking me internationally, I am staying true to my initial ideas, for a few months.

Now, let’s talk about where my adventure will take me.  I have a rough sketch of where I want to go over the next 18+ months.

Prologue The Big East
Eastern United States
August – December 2016
Chapter 1 Hemingway’s Havana
Havana, Cuba (Spanish classes)
January 2017
Chapter 2 Thru, Over and Across South America
(Peru, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil)
February – April 2017
Chapter 3 Lion and Tigers and Me, Oh my!
Africa (Zimbabwe, Tanzania)
May – June 2017
Chapter 4 Paradise of the Pacific
New Zealand / Fiji
June – July 2017
Chapter 5 Adventures in the East
Asia / India (the list is too long)
August – October 2017
Chapter 6 Russia & Beautiful Bohemia
Russia, Eastern Europe, The Mediterranean
October – November 2017
Chapter 7 European Tales and Trails
Western Europe
December – February 2018
Epilogue Expedition Debrief March – May 2018

The chapters may move around a bit and my plans change…but life happens.

Prologue ~ The Big East

Keeping with my need to live in Manhattan.  I’ll be spending Christmas and the New Year in NYC this year.  But first I plan to spend a few weeks exploring the East Coast before camping out in NYC for the winter.

Chapter 1 ~ Hemingway’s Havana

First stop, Havana Cuba.  This is the time to go to Cuba.  I’d go today if I could.  In these first few weeks I plan to take Spanish lessons.  Desperately need these before embarking on my adventure to South America.

Chapter 2 ~ Thru, Over and Across South America

Oh, South America!  Lake Titcaca, Peru, Chile and the Artic regions, spicy Argentina, exotic Brazil!
peru chile

Chapter 3 ~ Lion and Tigers and Me, Oh my!

African Safari, the Spice Island!  There is so much to do…

zanizbar

Chapter 4 ~ Paradise of the Pacific

New Zealand and the exotic islands

Chapter 5 ~ Adventures in the East

India! A brief stay at a monastery. A white tiger safari.  Indonesia, Thailand, China, Japan.

india

Chapter 6 ~ Russia & Beautiful Bohemia

The Trans-Siberian Railway! Romania, Ukraine, Poland, The Czech Republic….Turkey, Greece and the Mediterranean.

russia

Chapter 7 ~ European Tales and Trails

All the classics. Rome, Paris, London!  And camping!

scottland

Epilogue ~ Expedition Debrief

The great unknown of returning to the real world.

So that’s it!  A little bit of everything.

 


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