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18 February 2005


global location: allston, massachusetts. united states of america.
global coordinates:

the beginning.

i'm going to keep it strictly to the facts for now. preparations continue for the trip. i applied for my passport on friday 07 january 2005 and received it in an envelope postmarked tuesday 25 january 2005.

gear acquisition

my plan is to keep my total gear load, including backpack, under 20 pounds.

dana design swift traveler
garmin 60cs
garmin city select europe v7
garmin worldmap
palmone treo 650 gsm unlocked
fujitsu p7010d
shinza 11" zeroshock
kensington travel plug adapter
lonely planet 'europe on a shoestring' 4th edition

vaccinations and health

yellow fever
the first of the hepatitis a/b series

i'll be heading back to my doctor on tuesday 22 feb 2005 to receive the second hepatitis vaccination and the first of the rabies series.

i've filled my prescription for malarone (malaria) and levaquin (traveler's diarrhea).

employment status

i'll be finishing up at my job at the end of february.


i've been working on packing for the past couple weeks and have cleaned and organized 90% of my music gear. i'll start working on my room next week and hope to have all of my posessions boxed and organized by the end of february. i'll be heading to ligonier, pennsylvania to drop off my van in the first week or second week of march. i'm truly looking forward to ridding myself of everything and living out of a backpack for a year. simple. uncluttered.


tuesday 05 april 2005: bos to lhr
wednesday 15 june 2005: germany to rdu
wednesday 22 june 2005: rdu to germany
saturday 25 june 2005: rammstein at wuhleide in berlin


i'd originally intended to host my website on my own server colocated at a friend's house. i later realized that i didn't want to have to worry about potential hardware/software/security issues and so purchased some hosting space at imhosted.com. the site is powered by movable type. the skeleton is in place and functioning. i now need to work on fleshing out the content and making it pretty.

posted by paul on Fri 18 Feb 2005 at 01:35:42 est (-05:00)