“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” Those of my beloved readers who have been following my plans since the beginning know that my itinerary has changed several times along the way. My very first draft itinerary was to spend last summer in [...]

Itchy Brain Syndrome

It’s good to have options, except for the times when choosing between them becomes difficult. For the last few weeks, I’ve been intending to head south for a bit, traveling through Mauritania to visit Senegal and perhaps Mali. I even spent several days in Rabat and paid about $50 for a dual-entry transit visa for [...]

Ahh, Complications

Today I learned about an interesting little treaty known as the Schengen Agreement that created an essentially borderless region throughout the member countries – most of the countries in the EU. This makes border crossings much easier once you’ve entered one country in the Schengen Area. That sounds good, right? Yep. So, why complications? Because [...]


Here’s a very rough itinerary for my trip. This is subject to change based on weather, whim, geopolitical reality, disturbances in the force, and so on: Spring 2011: France Germany Czech Republic Poland Lithuania Latvia Estonia Summer 2011: Finland Sweden Norway Denmark Netherlands Belgium Fall – Winter 2011: British Isles through Europe to Egypt N. [...]