40 Days and 40 Nights = A Boat Load of Adventures!
August 20th, 2017
I just arrived in Malaysia a few hours ago and I’m now sitting in a laundromat wrapped in a sarong and my last clean shirt, being eaten by mosquitos, washing my moist, smelly laundry that I had to jam into my bag 36 hours ago (ewwwee) before embarking on 25 solid transit hours over two days to make it from Koh Tao, Thailand to Kota Kinabalu before my visa exemption expired…and I’m realizing that it’s been 39 days since I left the States. THIRTY NINE DAYS and I haven’t written a single blog post about what I’ve actually done. In my defense, I have been kind of busy…
So. I’ve proposed a challenge to myself. Right now, as I publish this, I have approximately 20 hours until I hit the 40 day mark since taking off from Nashville International Airport on July 12. My challenge is to hunker down, peel my eyelids open, relive my miserable college-paper-writing days, and churn out/curate/edit/publish a few blog posts—pictures and all—summing up some of the highlights, experiences, conversations, takeaways, and funny moments over the the last 5 and a half weeks in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.
I’m already regretting this commitment. I can barely keep my eyes open and my brain is fried. I’d go for some Red Bull, but after my experience at the Full Moon Party, and don’t think I could stomach the stuff…but more on that later…
I originally created the Adventure Files on as a place to recount everything from the funny, the sad, the exciting, and the mundane. I have no clue what kind of structure, format, pattern, or frequency the posts in this section will take on over time, but I think my saving grace in this endeavor is the fact that I’ve been journaling.
As if the whole traveling-the-world -at-a-million-miles-per-hour thing wasn’t enough to boggle my mind and body with, I’ve been forcing myself to write down, daily, the memorable things that have happened since I departed on July 12 and formulate them into journal entrees…WHICH IS HARD WORK.
With the exception of a few cringeworthy childhood diaries containing heartfelt scribbles on the first 10 pages (and–also–tediously, painstakingly written daily accounts of my two treks on the Appalachian Trail in 2016 and 2017), I’ve never been one to journal.
On the one hand, my handwriting is horrible, and on the other hand…well, actually, my handwriting is horrible on both hands…but that’s why God invented Evernote.
In all seriousness though, I’ve just never had the patience for it and I truly regret never having formed the habit earlier in life. I mean, doesn’t everyone LOVE reading about and reliving the devoted, unconditional love they had for their middle school crushes that never liked them back (considering that I have a 98% unrequited crush history, perhaps I should be grateful)?
Transforming these journal entrees into blogs that another human being might actually want to read…this is an animal all on its own…
But, I’m certainly going to try!
I know, it’s going to be an overload of information, and all of about 7 people might make it to the end of all of them, but to all 7 of you…let me know of your amazing accomplishment in the comments section and I’ll send you a postcard from Malaysia!!