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Woah!

This is Happening

Ok, so time to get this whole blog thing fired up. I suppose I'll start by introducing myself. My name is Dave, I'm 25, and I am currently in the process of travelling around the world for the next year(ish). I love to meet new people, i'm a foodie, I'm a huge Cleveland Browns fan, I love my vices, and I like to think I'm a pretty nice guy.

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Hi, Im Dave.

For the last three years I have been living in Charm City, also known as Baltimore MD. If you've never been, Baltimore is amazing, but we'll save that discussion for another day. About two years ago I was sitting on my stoop in front of my house, and was feeling rather unsatisfied with the direction I was heading. I had great friends, an interesting job, and a wonderful family, however something wasn't right. I started to feel like I was stuck in a societal rut. You know, go to college, get a degree, get a job, chip away at that job, get married, get a house, get a fence, get one and a half kids, get a dog, etc. All of this is fine and dandy, and although I've always felt extremely lucky to have as much as I have, it isn't exactly what I'm looking for at this stage in my life.

That night, on my stoop, I decided that I needed to have an adventure. Do something a little crazy, something unorthodox. Something like taking a year off from my life to travel around the world, all by myself. It was perfect. I called my dad to tell him I was doing it, and his overwhelming sentiment of awesomeness confirmed my feelings. It was on.

I worked hard to save up enough money, and now a year and a half later I am sitting in Hawaii preparing for the first international destination on my trip, Australia. I've sold or thrown away most of my possessions, with the exception of some odds and ends stuff, a few choice boxes of clothes, and what I need for the trip. I subletted out my room in Baltimore, sold my car, quit my job, said my goodbyes, and I'm ready for my adventure.

There are a few purposes for this blog. One, confirming to my mom that I am indeed still alive. Two, an easy way to keep my friends and family abreast of all of my shenanigans. Three, possibly provide some inspiration to complete strangers who are considering doing something like this. Four, umm, hmm, I'm sure i'll figure something else out.

So now that we've been properly introduced, I hope you'll take some time out of your upcoming year to read about my travels. I look forward to sharing them with you.

Posted by dpteitel 01:15 Archived in USA Tagged about.me Comments (2)

Aussie Aussie Aussie

Upside down!

The international portion of my trip has begun! I touched down in Australia two nights ago after saying my final goodbyes to hawaii.

Goodbye America

Goodbye America

The flight to Australia was...interesting. The flight took about 10 hours, and there was a very annoying child behind me with an affinity for kicking seats. Sitting next to me was a very handsome woman with a charmingly subtle adam's apple. I had so many questions that I wanted to ask (for example, so did you get butt implants?) I figured this was probably inappropriate, so I decided to try to ignore the little twit behind me as much as I could and try to get some sleep.

I grabbed the ferry from the city in Sydney to a beach town called Manly Beach. The ferry provided for a beautiful view of the city, a similar ride as the Staten Island ferry to Manhatten, only without the budweiser tall boys.

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I arrived in Manly around 10 p.m, found my hostel, and went out immediately to meet a friend of mine at her pizza shop. Two things hit me very quickly, it is crazy hot here (it was in the 90's at night), and everyone here is super nice. A good friend of mine (you know him as Mr. Alex Rast) lived in Manly for a few years, so I was greeted with a big group hug from some of his friends in Manly. Before long I was covered in sweat from dancing, and wondering how people can afford to live here and binge drink at the same time (beers at a cheapish bar were about $9)

My new friend Alexandra picked me up at 8 am the next morning and took me on a tour of beaches around Manly, all of which were beautiful. The water is crystal clear, and a much needed relief from the heat.

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New friends. From left to right - Alex, Subway, Davey T, Shaz, and Em

After the beaches I was taken to a restaurant with awesome fajitas, and most importantly, was byob. I think between the 7 of us we put away 6 bottles of wine and bottle of port with dinner. Now that's how to eat dinner.

I've already been pleased with the chance to get some international opinions on everything from the Norwegian perspective on DUI's, to an Irish perspective on the best way to cook potatos (mashed).

Taking a little relief from the sun to write this post now, and later today I will be introducing s'mores to some Australian folk around a bonfire. Apparently there are no graham crackers here, so I brought some of America's finest with me. Results to come later.

-Dave

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