This is a log of the Adventures of …
The Glassblowing Travelers
Our adventure will start in Palo Alto, California, August 2010. We will have packed up our stuff, gotten rid of a whole lot more, *** unburdened ourselves! *** and began backpacking as “vagabonds for a year,” wandering around the world, meeting a whole heap of people, learning about who they are as people, cultures, and desires, and taking with us not only many photographs, but amazing memories and experiences to share with other who wish to hear from us.
It’s been a mind-expanding experience just THINKING about going on this adventure. As a dream of mine since I was in fifth grade – which is ironically how old Amy is now – I have heard this as a wish from many other people when I mention what we are going to do for a year.
Since I am now in my fifties, my question to those who WISH they could go around the world – “What are you waiting for?” My “Bucket List” is LONG, and I have many places to see, things to do, dishes to taste, chocolates to eat!
Once decided and the planning began, I felt it was a load off my shoulders, to know I could determine my destiny, direction, and desires. For the kids, their anticipation, fears and concerns, and their curiosity piqued, they have been such wonderful sports and game for what we are about to embark!
For my son, Chris, a high school graduate, his dream was to blow glass for as long as he could before he starts college. One year was his plan – at “hot spots” around the States. Since we both are glass artists, I proposed traveling the world to expand our horizons, and our thoughts immediately went to Murano, Venice, Italy. Blowing there will be the high point of our trip – Mecca to glassblowers. Hence, it happens near the end of our travels.
While planning our travel, Amy felt left out and piped up, suggesting that she ought to go with us, and that I could home school her! It was a tough choice for her to give up being on the gymnastics team, her first year in that venerable spot. After months of indecision, the coaches decided – they scheduled the team to compete in January 2011. It was too far off, so it made sense for Amy to join us as originally planned.
I am thankful for my travel companions, who themselves are flexible, accommodating, and open-minded for what may come. May our skills, knowledge and experiences get us through the travel. Our goal is to “live by our wits.” This is different from book knowledge. It involves “on-the-fly” learning of situations in which we will find ourselves, assessing the what’s on hand, and then playing by the “local rules.” The experience will keep us in the Present, aware of our surroundings, who we are with, and … ALIVE with our five sense!
I would like to thank Rolf Potts, the author of Vagabonding – an Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, published in 2003, the same year I allowed the germ of travel back into my life! I would also like to thank Tim Engler, a friend who told me about the round-the-world trip tickets, Rolf Potts’ book, and who encouraged me as well as showed me that my dream was possible by taking off and traveling himself in March 2010. I would also like to thank Eugene (Yevgeniy) Aseykin, a Russian web designer (www.CreativeRoads.us), a graduate of San Jose State University who lives in Brazil, though his business is based in the Bay Area. That’s the strength of partnerships! I am also very thankful for my chocolate partner, Olena Poplavska, who has bravely and gamely taken on the fledgling Not Your Normal Chocolates business (www.NotYourNormalChocolates.com) I started in January 2010. Please DO support her and our business by ordering from our website, shops, or at our Samples Events!
Wish us the best,
Namaste – the best in me to the best in you,