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Festive Feast

Doing some research about the Kishiwada Danjiri festival in Japan. According to Google Translate, here’s what we have to look forward to:

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Next Stop: Fashion

Our apologies to our local retailers- we’ve been buying and returning clothes left and right, searching for the perfect travel gear. I think these items have made the cut. Cue the techno music as we hit the runway!

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My fortune

Yeah, Chinese food on Cinco de Mayo. I don’t really have a good explanation. But check out my fortune!

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You bug me, baby

At the doc today, learning what to do about this guy…

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Feel the burn

I’ve been thinking of all the training we did to prepare for hiking the Inca Trail in Peru… and how we haven’t even started training for Next Stop: World.

Well, we got our butts moving today. We hit the trail with friends Jeff, Diane and Daisy, at Wisconsin’s Lapham Peak.

And yes, I’m feeling the burn. Better keep it up, because we’ll be doing a LOT of walking in the next 15 months.

– Ken

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Sold!

We are moving the merchandise around here, selling off anything that won’t fit in a carry-on bag… in other words, everything. Want to buy a house with old world charm and modern amenities? Give us a call.

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Hi, Jeanne

I mean, hygiene. I wonder what ours will be like after a few months of traveling.

There will plenty of times when we have to roll out of bed and catch the 5AM bus without showering or washing our hair… but will we come to LIKE it? It was only in the early part of the 20th century that Americans started washing their hair every day or two, and people’s behavior was not changed by doctors or scientists, but by Madison Avenue: ads convinced them that their hair was dirty. Actually, all that washing removes natural oils, which makes our hair dry and brittle, which makes us want to wash it with a moisturizing shampoo!

Right now Karen and I are trying to nail down our world tour haircuts, choosing between short or shorter, which leads to videos like this one (posted for my mom, who likes my hair long).

Ideally, our haircuts will require very little maintenance and little or no hair care product. We hope to do without gel, mousse, a curling iron or a blow dryer. Maybe a little tub of Pomade that can last us a month? Maybe not even that?

– Ken

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Next Stop: Vaccination

According to the CDC, given our itinerary we should watch out for: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, malaria, polio, dengue, filariasis (sounds dirty), leishmaniasis (sounds painful), plague, tickborne encephalitis, H5N1, schistosomiasis (fun to say), leptospirosis (not as fun to say), tuberculosis, diphtheria… and… the flu.

Let’s see, we’re already covered for about six of those. I guess we’re headed to the Travel Clinic soon.

-Ken

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Mapping out the map

We had a high level executive meeting this weekend (aka Karen and I sat around the dining room table) regarding our itinerary. Looks like it’s settled: start the trip in September 2011 in NZ/Australia and work our way west, winding up in or around Europe in late 2012. Now we need to dig into the details- where we’ll volunteer, which local festivals we want to try and hit, and what we want to DO in each of these places.

Personally, I find the plannin’ to be almost as fun as the travelin’. Here we go!

-Ken

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Day One

So many Day Ones. The first day sketching out an itinerary. The first day with the newly-purchased pack. And now the first test post on our blog.