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If You’re Reading This August Is Over & I’m In Tajikistan!
This is my first monthly round-up in, well, months. I’ve been too lazy to write one. I think I did one in April last? Maybe in March? Continuing with the lazy theme… I can’t be bothered to go back and look either. I’m actually writing this at home in Alaska before I left. Do you actually think this would get done if I waited until I made it to Tajikistan to write it? Ha.
Right now as you’re reading this I’m in Dushanbe, probably waiting in line at the Turkmenistan Embassy turning in my papers to get the ball rolling for my visa. Or I might be trading currency on the black market… I know that sounds cool and all, but I’m not that cool in real life, don’t worry. Apparently, you get a much better exchange rate on the back market than you get at the ATM, weird. Or maybe I’m stuffing some plov in my face because we all know how I love food. At the time of this writing, I haven’t tried plov yet, but I hear it’s good. But if the food in Central Asia turns out to be terrible, I’ve been carrying hot sauce in my bag long before Beyonce started writing about it in her songs. Hot sauce can turn the inedible into something tolerable, trust me. *I may have an ulcer, and I now get heartburn sometimes. I never turn down a spicy food or a hot sauce, even though it might hurt later. Is this what it’s like to be an adult?
Maybe I’m wandering around looking at some strange ex-Soviet stuff too, who knows. Or if you wait a few days after I posted this to be reading this I’m probably in the Fann Mountains somewhere.
But getting back to the point of this being a monthly round-up and all I’ll talk about August.
I wrote three posts this month. Yup a whole three. I’m hoping this month’s new location will make more motivated. No promises.
I finally answered all the questions as to what photography gear I lug around the world with me. Although I did forget to add two items on there because I’m a scatterbrain. One is a wireless remote, I need to get a nicer one with a bigger distance but right now I just have some cheap $25 one from Best Buy. The second item is a photography backpack, it’s what I cram all that shit into. It’s no-frills and nothing fancy but it does the job.
I finally got around to writing something about my South America adventure this month. I went photo-essay on this one because I was feeling more visual than I was wordy and articulate- so I came up with 10 photos that will make you book a ticket to Bolivia.
Otherwise, what have a done in August? I mostly prepared for my upcoming trip. Spent a weekend with my dental hygiene class from college has it been 5 years already? Ohhhh! And I’m currently taking my online PADI open water class, finally! I will most likely be taking my actual dives to complete the certificate when I’m in the Philippines in November. But otherwise this month, I worked- You know since money usually helps in terms of traveling. I probably did some other stuff too, but I can’t remember. But mostly I’ve been dealing with the odds and ends of prepping to leave. Especially since it’s for three months this time.
It’s weird, as time goes on and the more and more I travel, the more and more anxious I get about it. You’d think the more I’ve done this, the easier it would be to leave, but nope! Once I get to where I’m going I’m always fine though.
Ok, well I’ll hopefully be on here to update you some more in September…. of course whenever I do get a chance to get on the internet which may be few and far between!