10 Countries, 2 Months, 2 Guys
I have some exciting news that will hopefully bloom into something big for this newsletter! My friend, Micah, and I are backpacking across 10 countries in Europe over the next 2 months.
UPDATE: While in Venice we decided to tack on an extra country to the end of our trip. We took a bus from Prague, Czech Republic to Budapest, Hungary and spent three days there before coming home. The Hungarian baths are nearly as famous as the Roman baths and one of our afternoons was spent soaking in mineral-rich hot tubs and swimming in ice-cold, Olympic-sized pools. Then we dried off with paper towels and hand dryers in the bathroom because we had no towels...
While this trip will be a wonderful adventure in and of itself, I'm really looking forward to the byproduct. We discussed our expectations and have come up with some fairly heavy goals. Many of these goals are philosophical or spiritual in nature which means a lot of deep conversations are to come.
I want to get y'all in on it!
I will be blogging periodically (maybe not as often as I would like depending on wifi availability) and Micah may even write a few guest posts. These will be lagniappe. I have already written and scheduled the weekly posts that will continue to go out each Monday morning.
UPDATE: here are the blog posts from the trip:
Walking with Both Eyes Open
"Hey... where's your other shoe?"
In Regards to Lost Reverence
God Bless Feisty Italians
Collecting Experiences; Not Possessions
5 Ways to Live Simpler
Guest Blog by Micah Webber: Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Part I
Guest Blog by Micah Webber: Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Part II
The Keyhole of Rome: The Enchantment of "Just Enough"
What does it mean to "live vibrantly"?
What does a vibrant life look like?
Why are we called to vibrant living?
God said, "Watch this." -- of rain, darkness and pleasant surprises
The silver lining of an unwelcome pickpocket -- convenience does not equal necessity
He was only 26 -- making every minute count
Searching for something heavenly
The Untold Gift of Travel
128 Things Travel Taught Me About Life
If You Could Relive Today
We have both recently been obsessed with this idea of "story". What does it mean to live a good story? How can we live a story worth retelling? What story can we write that will leave a lasting impact on generations after us? It has been a heavy theme among my work here on the blog and has been a huge part of Micah's creative work as he continues to work on (and soon finish) his screenplay.
Hopefully, in our journeys, we will be doing something worth writing - and for your sake, writing something worth reading.
Please, keep us in your prayers!
With love and hope,
OUR STORY'S SETTING
Our first stop will be Dublin, Ireland. Micah is there already, participating in a study abroad program. I will fly into Dublin and meet up with him there to begin our adventure!
THE MAIN CHARACTERS
Home: Baton Rouge, LA
Favorite Place: Tie between Killarney, Ireland and Colorado
Favorite Book (besides the Bible, of course): Tie between "To Kill a Mockingbird" & "Catcher in the Rye"
Dream Job: Producing independent music for artists who couldn't afford a bigger label while managing a music venue showcasing local artists
Home: Baton Rouge, LA
Favorite Place: Chicago, IL (but this is before his trip to Europe)
Favorite Book (besides the Bible, of course): A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
Dream Job: Founding an untraditional, educational program that emphasizes independent study, personal excellence, and well-roundedness.
THEIR WEAPONS, ARMOR & NOBLE STEED
Note: the image and list below is my stuff, not Micah's but his'll be similar.
-4X Long Socks
-4X Ankle Socks
-3X Quick-Dry Underwear
-Long-Sleeved Pull-Over Shirt
-Button-Down Short-Sleeved Shirt
-Button-Down Long-Sleeved Shirt
-Light Sports Coat
-Athletic Tape (gentle enough for skin but doubles as duct tape)
-First Aid Kit
-Padlock (for securing bags, lockers etc.)
-Backpack Rain Cover
-Waterproof Wallet (good for carrying a few flat items at the beach - cash, debit card etc.)
-Passport (handy for getting in and out of countries and such...)
-Student ID (grab those random discounts!)
-Zip Ties (good for securing personal belongings)
-Nikon D7000 + 50mm f/1.8 + Charger
-Windows 8 Tablet + Charger (not pictured)
-iPhone 4s (not pictured) + Charger
-UK Plug Adapter
-European Plug Adapter
-Square Credit Card Reader
-SD Card Reader
-Sleeping Bag Liner
-Fingernail Clippers (It comes in handy for cutting toenails and zip ties)
-Universal Drain Stopper (stop the sink to bathe or wash clothes)
-Clothes Line (for drying clothes)
-Knock-Off Moleskin Notebook (travel journal, sketchbook, notes etc.)
-2X Pilot G2 Ink Pens (these things are worth their weight in gold)
-ENO Hammock + Slap Straps
-Pipe (to transform into an English gentleman)
-Water Bottle (not pictured)
-1X Carry-On Sized Bag
-1X Small Day Bag
READ THE STORYBOOK
If ya'll want to keep up with us, there are several ways to do this.
First, if you want to simply stay tuned in to our discussions on philosophy, theology, culture, art, thought and life, sign up to the newsletter and you'll receive our musings mailed directly to your inbox (when we have wifi).
Secondly, social media. Micah is a heavier Facebook user while I am an avid Twitter user but you'll be able to find content from us on both.
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