Ok, after months of planning, and lots of money spent and hair lost, heh I’m not kidding about the hair, it’s finally time to get this round the world show on the road.
I am certainly not the first blind person to have gone all the way around the world. I think Jonathan Mosen has been round more times than a satellite. And to claim to be going round the world, while true, is slightly pretentious, as I’ll only be visiting 4 countries other than my own. Every journey is unique and I will be passing through 7 cities over the next 28 days. So stay tuned.
Today was pretty manic. I spent the morning finishing my washing and trying as much as possible to get a couple of work related projects boxed off. I had an appointment at the House of Hair for 2PM, heh I wasn’t kidding about loosing hair. The young lady who cut it was apparently with child and has her final pre-motherhood holiday in Portugal planned for a couple of weeks from now. I went and did a couple of fascinating errands in town like buying a couple of cables and a new jacket, and dropped by the Stanley for one last farewell drink before heading home to complete my packing.
I finally crammed the last of my possessions into my suit case around 5:30 and called a cab to get me and my baggage to the train station. I think I’ve thrown out all perishable food stuffs and locked everything which is lockable in my flat, so hopefully it’ll be safe for the next month. If not, well it’s too late to start worrying about it now.
I got to the station at around 6:30 to discover the next service to London wasn’t until 7:20, so I grabbed a coffee and a bacon letice and tomato sandwich (£4.85) and bought my train ticket (£41).
I rather self-consciously attempted to record a podcast from the station café, before hanging around on platform 4 feeling like I’d forgotten just about everything including my marbles.
The 19:20 London service arrived, all be it 5 minutes late and so here I am sitting on the train contemplating 30,000 miles over the next 4 weeks. Tonight I plan to stay with Martin in Epsom before leaving early on Wednesday to catch a direct flight from London to Las Vegas.
Thank you to everyone who has wished me well for the trip, and a big thanks in advance to everyone who is either putting me up or who’s assistance I hope not to have to rely on too much in the next little while.
I don’t think the photoblogging is working properly, I think you need to click the picture links in order to view the images on the FlickR site. Never mind, I’ll still try and post the odd pick from time to time. The audio posts should work just fine, and you should be able to copy the XML link in to your Podcatching client and have the audio updates delivered to you automagically.
This is Digital Dave the World Wide Wave Williams saying if you never hear from me again, it’s been nice knowing you all and I’m gonna miss you!