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March 20, 2019

The Wonders Expedition–A Growing Collection Of Friends Around The World

I have a few confessions to make.  At 46-years of age, I’ve never left the North American continent.  But through the work the past nine months through The Wonders Expedition, I’ve begun to make friends with people in other countries around the world that I want to meet as much as I want to take my next breath. I used to say that I never really wanted to leave North America either, but the more I engage with those who are in other parts of the world, I am feeling a calling to go.

In my head I often hear the joke routing of English Transvestite Comedian Eddie Izzard as he’s talking to a crowd in “The City” in San Fransisco and he asks them sarcastically, “You do realize there are other countries, don’t you?!” I’ve always known that there are, but they are coming alive to me via this project in a way I never would have dreamed of.  And the excitement makes getting up each morning even more enjoyable.

Today’s Foreign Conversations–April 9, 2012

Today I talked with Jeff in Peru.  He’s a photographer and a highly skilled one at that.  He couldn’t talk with me last week because, and I quote: “I am currently in the Peruvian Amazon.”  Now tell me that isn’t the coolest reason ever offered in an email as to why you will have to speak with someone later!

Tonight I spoke via chat with Alex, who is in LA, but he was talking about how he’s been in Maui doing underwater photography with an iPad and his iPhone.  Using Aqua Box, a product I’d never heard of–and frankly a concept I’d never thought of–he’s been down as low as 20 feet underwater and suffered no leaks, but came away with some amazing videos.  Here, take a look at this one about filming in the ocean.  The Maui video isn’t far off he says!

And then today I’ve also gotten to know Iza who went to Machu Picchu in September 2011 with her Portuguese speaking BFFs in what appeared to be a Girls Night Out-type of adventure where they just happened to go to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Tonight, I sent off an email to a guy in Germany who is about to get up and start the day as I’m about to end this one.

And then there of course were the Twitter conversations with Hannah Pethen Barrett and her Egyptian expedition roommate Liz, who both have been in Egypt since late March exploring and mapping with cool GIS equipment Middle Kingdom sites such as Gurob.  What they are doing with hi-tech gear is absolutely fascinating.

Finally, the good fokes @AfricanCosmos posted this cool trivia photo today encouraging people to identify it.  They didn’t ask the other person I’ve been talking with a lot lately, Gigi, in South Africa, who has gotten the answer to the last three or four weekly postings right….  Gigi was trying to help me with an answer tonight but I’ve been so busy exploring Tumult’s Hype program for the Mac that makes HTML 5 animations, I totally missed them!  (Sorry Gigi!)

LANGUAGE

It’s in some ways intimidating to be talking with these people in other parts of the world because they all speak English really, really well.  Not to mention their own native language and a couple more on average.

Liz and Gigi both have used words in conversations I’ve had to go back and look up.  And I began my conversations with Iza today using Google Translate to go from English to Portuguese out of respect of trying to use her native language.  She immediately began using English like a snap of a finger.

That to me is a semi-indictment of the type of education I’ve received here in America.  I’m fairly well educated.  The US Air Force bases we were stationed at always had good schools for the officers kids.  I got a good college education through Auburn University.

But I’ve never really wanted to learn other languages.  I’m seeing at my age that it would have been nice to know along the way.  While I have seen much of America by having moved 35 times now in 46 years, I’ve still missed about 6/7ths of the rest of the world.  And here I am talking with people who are out there every day doing more exploration of our world than I’d ever dreamed of before I began researching for The Wonders Expedition.

I have much to learn.  I hope to be learning something new right up until my final moments.  In the meantime, I plan to make the most of every moment and take in as much as I have missed as humanly possible. I’m making some great new friends around the world and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Tomorrow night I’m doing an interview with a guy in Australia.  And so The Wonders Expedition keeps expanding.

And to think, I could still be sitting in a downtown Dallas office doing corporate PR…..

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