Today 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)
|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
|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!
Chapter 3 ~ Lion and Tigers and Me, Oh my!
African Safari, the Spice Island! There is so much to do…
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.
Chapter 6 ~ Russia & Beautiful Bohemia
The Trans-Siberian Railway! Romania, Ukraine, Poland, The Czech Republic….Turkey, Greece and the Mediterranean.
Chapter 7 ~ European Tales and Trails
All the classics. Rome, Paris, London! And camping!
Epilogue ~ Expedition Debrief
The great unknown of returning to the real world.
So that’s it! A little bit of everything.