Thursday, September 18, 2008

2009's Great Adventure

Today I had a huge stroke of luck. After months of searching and planning, I found an unbelievable deal on round-trip airfare and booked my flights for my big 2009 adventure. I am beyond stoked!

I have wanted to go to Morocco since I was about fifteen, and I have wanted to go to Ireland ever since I was about four years old and found it on a map I was playing with. In 2009, I will kill two birds with one stone! I am going to be flying in and out of Dublin, spending a few days in Ireland, and spending at least eight or nine days in Morocco. I had wanted to take a massive 30-day trip, but I just can't justify the expense now that I'm planning to go back to grad school. So, I'll "make do" with a brief, two-week trip (March 31 to April 15).

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"