So it is, I am sitting in the library at the Iroquois Hotel on 44th and 6th in Manhattan, and as these words unfold onto this page, this is the beginning of something amazing. Derek will arrive at Penn Station just over an hour from now at 3:18pm and we will be off to JFK. We have both spent much of our lives seeking out new, great adventures in many places. Hours upon hours of writing could fill page after page of stories mostly only told between our close friends. Stories of crazy night followed by crazy night followed by crazy night, rumbling trips across the States, and excursions to various countries once unknown to our eyes. We will get those stories to the world eventually. But today starts anew. And today, we leave for an adventure over in Southeast Asia. The next few months will carry us from Thailand to Laos to Vietnam to Cambodia and back into Thailand and possibly onward from there. We have a rough outline of sites to see, but in all reality we will be making it up as we go along. Besides, I wouldn’t want to give away all of our intentions so early on. You will have to follow to find out.
During this trip, we will update with which place we will be visiting next. This will be your chance to have an impact on the adventure. We want comments, we want posts, we want feedback, we want emails, we want your thoughts. Go ahead, google the name of the town we will soon be arriving in and tell us what you think looks interesting. We will seek it out! Where should we go? What should we do? If you were here, what would you do? Oh there will be tigers, and there will be elephants, and there will be neck tightening jungles, and never-ending beaches, stunning mountain peaks, lazy river boat trips, cramped bus rides, strange foods, wild drinks, and many, many more ridiculous happenings. So help us out. Give us your input. If you were by our side, at that moment, in that spot on this rock, what would you want to do?
To wrap this up, tonight we will fly from JFK to Norway, and after a short layover, on to Bangkok, Thailand. We have a place to stay there for our first two nights and then we will head north. From there on, everything is up in the air. We will post stories and videos and photos as often as possible. We want people wherever they are to feel a part of this experience. This is just the beginning and there will be much, much more to come. Stay tuned for more ways to be involved. Hope you join the ride! Cheers.
As ever, J. Hart
“I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one. Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown. Eat interesting food. Dig some interesting people. Have an adventure. Be careful. Come back and you’re going to see your country differently, you’re going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water. Your showers will become shorter. You’re going to get a sense of what globalization looks like. It’s not what Tom Friedman writes about; I’m sorry. You’re going to see that global climate change is very real. And that for some people, their day consists of walking 12 miles for four buckets of water. And so there are lessons that you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight. A lot of people—Americans and Europeans—come back and go, ohhhhh. And the light bulb goes on.” – Henry Rollins