there and back again

In early 2005, I set off for a year-long trip around the world. I did all sorts of things that one day I'll warn my kids against.

Some of the year's stories are here, and some of them aren't.

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Days 207-211: Kiev

Posted by Erik Frey Tue, 31 Jan 2006 22:12:00 GMT

“Haven’t you ever wondered why the Church doesn’t allow women to be preachers?”

“Not specifically,” I replied, throwing my pack on the bed. I sat down. Icelandic Pizza Chef sat down on the opposite bed.

“It makes God less attractive to women, so they all become whores and drug addicts.”

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Posted in Ukraine, travel | 24 comments

Days 227-229: Ulaan Baatar

Posted by Erik Frey Sat, 29 Oct 2005 18:34:00 GMT

Hi Mom!

Remember when I called you from the post office in Ulaan Baatar? The conversation was short, and I probably sounded distracted. Here’s why:

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Posted in Mongolia, travel | 53 comments

Day 226: Naushki

Posted by Erik Frey Fri, 28 Oct 2005 10:00:00 GMT

It’s easier to handle the vastness of the Gobi desert if one approaches it through Siberia. The brainstuff is already properly tenderized, prepared to handle the gradient of bleak to bleaker.

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Posted in Russia, travel | 8 comments

Days 221-225: Khuzhir

Posted by Erik Frey Sun, 23 Oct 2005 19:12:00 GMT

Khuzhir is the only town on Olkhon, which is the only island on Lake Baikal, which is the only lake in the world that has no lakes older than it.

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Posted in Russia, travel | 9 comments

Days 212-215: Moscow

Posted by Erik Frey Fri, 14 Oct 2005 15:42:00 GMT

I had it all worked out; I was going to be really cool. I bought a fresh pair of socks in Kiev, yet craftily wore them once so as not to appear as if I were trying too hard.

Now all I needed were some really smooth moves:

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Posted in Russia, travel | 2 comments

Days 112-113: Boston, Reykjavik, Frankfurt

Posted by Erik Frey Thu, 07 Jul 2005 20:02:00 GMT

My web server recently suffered a flagrant system failure, extremely unhelpfully spitting out the journal entry that previously occupied this space.

I have chosen not to rewrite the entry: unlike beans, PURE GENIUS cannot be refried.

Instead I present:

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Posted in Germany, travel | 4 comments

Days 101-107: Montreal

Posted by Erik Frey Sat, 25 Jun 2005 18:31:00 GMT

A VICIOUS, NAIVE and COMPLETELY UNSUBSTANTIATED notion of the roles of women and men has existed deep within our collective consciousness for centuries, or, quite likely, millenia.

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Days 96-100: Woodstock

Posted by Erik Frey Mon, 20 Jun 2005 21:17:00 GMT

I took an unofficial break from my official tour in Woodstock, New York. Little did I know that I had picked the one place in the country that seemed wholly crafted, from its geology to its local culture, to be the perfect retreat. Janie took me in for a few days and gave me the best overview of Woodstock I could ever hope for.

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Days 91-95: New York

Posted by Erik Frey Wed, 15 Jun 2005 20:44:00 GMT

I’ve been here for a fortieth of a millenium, and I still haven’t learned the formula governing my admiration for another person. Sometimes I recognize a certain grace, a magnanimous spirit, or perhaps simply an overwhelming congeniality. It’s the kind of quality that makes me lean back in my seat and say, “Now so-and-so, boy, what a character!”

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Days 83-92: Washington, DC

Posted by Erik Frey Wed, 08 Jun 2005 03:10:00 GMT

If every city of the world was a flavor of icecream, I would describe Washington, DC as Neopolitan. It’s rather unextraordinary yet dependable, plain but accomodating, and if you have discerning taste, you chomp the hell out of that chocolate section, and leave the strawberry and vanilla for someone else. Leah and Carrie helped me do just that.

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