March 19, 2006

Stretch LimoFive days ago marked our 6 month “anniversary” of being on the road. We went out for a fancy dinner in Franschhoek to celebrate.

OK that is not entirely true, we went out for a dinner in Franschhoek because it is the Napa Valley of South Africa. During dinner Soyan said to me, “Hey what’s the date?” and we figured out that it had been six months.

Nevertheless, it has been a fantastic six months filled with great adventures and we are looking forward to more, but we are going to make a visit back to the ole U.S. of A. in a month before we keep travelling.

We are arriving April 17th (Marathon Monday) in Boston. From the 19th to the 23rd I’ll be at an entrepreneurship conference. We will be around Boston for a little while after that, but we aren’t exactly sure how long we’ll be in the US or where we’ll be after Boston. That said, we’d like to see you (yes, you!) while we are there.

Thinking about our visit home has led me to think about things that I have missed most while traveling:

  • Friends and Family — Without a doubt it is the people that make a place. We have met lots of wonderful people on the road, but we miss everybody from home.
  • Media — I particularly miss reading the Wall Street Journal in the mornings. I also miss NPR, particularly: Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Marketplace. Of course I have been listening to the best radio show ever This American Life on my ipod and thanks to Audible I can catch up on what I missed when I get home. Finally while TV is evil I miss it, especially the Daily Show.
  • Food — I miss the great Sushi, Indian, Dim Sum and especially Thai food we used to get in Boston. While not strictly food I miss a good Grey Goose Martini since nobody seems to be able to make a martini outside the US.
  • Poker — I love playing poker and I miss playing it. I felt like my game was just starting to really improve when I left.
  • Internet Access — Fast, reliable, always-on Internet access with my own computer set up just the way I like it. What a luxury!

When I get around to it I’ll make a companion list of the things that I have liked most about travelling, because despite what I miss it has been great to be travelling for so long.

What do you miss while travelling?


  1. I don’t think I could travel for six months. I love to go — and I love as much to come home. I always miss my bed. And I usually miss having a reading lamp in the right place above my bed at night. I miss, when in certain places, being able to drink from the tap. I miss my car. I miss the NYTimes over breakfast. Because I don’t have international coverage, when out of the US, I have been surprised to find that I actually miss my cell phone. But, most of all, I miss my bed. Is that an age thing?

    Comment by susan lieberman — March 19, 2006 @ 3:51 pm

  2. you.

    Comment by Seth — March 26, 2006 @ 8:07 pm

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