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I think that Americans have a really interesting place in the world.  We live in what is many ways something of a cultural island.  Our mainstream culture is so powerful that it floods out into the rest of the world and we barely get a trickle of other cultures flowing back in.  I’ve been lucky enough in my life to get to travel, well a whole freaking lot, and I spend about as much time as I when I’m at home talking to people from outside the US.

I won’t make any pretense about knowing everything or having been everywhere, the world is so big and wide that anyone who makes claims like that is either deceiving you or themselves.  I do however harbor a burning love for travel and I want to encourage other people to travel as much as they can, and I think I may know enough to at least point people in the right direction.

Now I hope that as you read me waxing poetic about how much I love to travel and how cool I think it is to experience life in other countries that you haven’t begun to peg me as someone who dislikes America, because you couldn’t be further from the truth.  I love this country a whole damn lot, we’ve got some of the coolest cities and most beautiful forests and wildernesses in the world. Plus, I love that in America you can go to a Grocery store the size of a warehouse at 2AM and do all your shopping and not only is it open, it’s packed full of other people.

I guess ultimately my whole deal is that I like the variety of travel, the newness, the adventure.  Ultimately my experiences at home and abroad have been overwhelmingly positive.  The world is a really cool place and it often disappoints me that so many Americans are ignorant or afraid of the world outside our borders.

I truly believe, to the core of my being, that if we understood each other better, understood that most people the world over live normal, happy lives and are good to each other and their families, that we would find it much harder to bomb each other.  When we read the news (if we do read the news) the headlines are dominated by headlines about wars, famines, drugs and crime.  When we read about bad things happening here in America or in our own towns we don’t take it too seriously, we know that most people’s lives are never touched by those things.  But when we read about it happening in Colombia we are terrified to go there and can’t imagine how bad it must be for people there.  We never get a chance to go to see the real Colombia, the honest hardworking people who don’t have anything to do with the shocking headlines.  What my goal is, what I want to do is show people (and in particular my rather sheltered countrymen) the other 99% of things that are positive and even beautiful, things that you never hear about if you don’t get a chance to go there yourself.

My goal in life is to travel as much as I can and share my experience with other people, in hopes that they too will go out and experience life themselves. I haven’t really found an outlet for it, yet, so I started this blog to create my own outlet for that passion.  I’ve always loved photography and writing and I’m hoping to become a photojournalist in some field that would keep me traveling a lot.  I’m also keeping this blog so that I have a place to share what I’m learning in school as I try to develop the skills that I will need to become a professional journalist  and as well as talk about my personal experiences adventuring and traveling.

I’m hoping that anyone who reads this will give me feedback on the writing and pictures I post and that I can encourage everyone who isn’t experiencing enough of life to get away from their computer for a while and go out and enjoy the world we live in.

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