“Ya man”

So I haven’t written much lately … I’m really bad at keeping a blog! I prefer traveling than spending an hour keeping up a blog … specially when I have to pay for it. But I know that later on I will regret it. I remember reading somewhere that humans only remember 10% of their everyday, it might be less!!! So I’ll try and keep a blog, if not, at least a notebook. The picture I posted here is of bad quality … I’m taking pics of 5Megapixels and I reduce them to put them online. Continue reading ““Ya man””

More on the personal note …

Al fin! Another chapter in my life has been written … Berkeley no more…at least not for a while. So I finally turned in my report and presented my MS project this past Monday. It wasn’t bad at all, I was given very good feedback and some good questions were asked. I hope to publish part of the thesis, hopefully it all works out.

It was interesting how fast time goes by … five years ago I was waiting anxiously the day I would receive Berkeley’s decision to accept me, and now, I am off … to see the world (or part of it) and move to the other coast …
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Almost there….


So right now is 1:03 am on Saturday March 19th, 2005. I have my Masters project presentation schedule for Monday 21st at 10 am. I am about to finish my report (or at least the first draft) tonight. Right now, some simulations are running that take forever! But after that, if the results are right, I can just plug them into my almost done report and voila! Masters report a la Gonzalez. Then I have to prepare my presentation slides, which I hope do not take long since I have a lot of equations to write. 🙁
But anyway, now that I have a clearer idea as to what’s going to happen, I can finally start planning my trip….
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So I found out that at least 20 of my friends from I House 2003-2005 will be in Europe this summer. I spoke with three of them today about meeting up with them somewhere in Europe. I think that would be soooooo coool!
If most of them could meet for at least a weekend somewhere in Europe, it would be awesome to have an I House reunion in a different continent!

LAN who?

So I was browsing today the various options of flights that exists. It all started with the idea of going to Miami for a couple of days before we start our trip. We both have a free rountrip ticket using Southwest.
Well, then we found out. Hey, Miami to Caracas is only $174 one way with Avianca!!! Then I started looking for South American airpasses and called LAB (bolivian), Varig(Brazilian), and then I stumbled into LAN. So I called…..
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The Reasons for the blog and more…

So I started this blog for three reasons:

1. To keep a journal of my trip so later in life I can look back at this wonderful experience. I hope there is an easy way to download one’s entries onto the desktop. I should have checked into it before….

2. To keep in touch with my friends and family. Last time I traveled it was a pain trying to keep in touch with everyone and people would get spammed, some people didn’t even want to know about my trip. So, whoever is interested can come and read this. If you visit, let me know you care, leave a comment!

3. For anyone that is interested in doing a RTW, or is just interested on my travels. I hope I keep this interesting. So I don’t know you but you like what you find here, leave a comment!

That said some entries in here will be for cause number 1, 2 or 3.
For example, this one is for me. Just to know why I do things and to remember the events that are going on before my trip…..
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If any of you reading this are thinking…. can I really do an around the world trip? Well, you can…….
This link has many inspirational comments and ideas as to why everyone can take a year off ‘life’ to go around the world! I read this today and somehow had managed to learn most of what the website said by reading other sites and my own desire to travel. Actually, reading everything on the link got me extremely excited for this trip! And I haven’t finished the trip and I’m already excited about taking another RTW trip later on in life! I don’t think I’ll ever stop! Imagine, retiring and going around the world for 2 years! Nice!
I highly recommend the link, has a lot of information!
About my trip…..still waiting for time to pass so I can start the journey!!!!

After Servas and STA

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So Sara and I went to our Servas interview yesterday. We were interviewed by Connie. A really nice lady that opened the door to her house with an open heart. We felt really comfortable right from the beginning…. she was making fun of infomercials and people that rely on technology all the time. She’s an “old fashioned girl.” She said, “people say email is cheaper, but it really isn’t, you have to pay for the machine and the internet service, where as all you need for a letter is 37 cents, a pen and paper.” And she had a boyfriend and she made fun of the old dude. “This is my boyfriend, if you really could call him a boy….” We talked very little about the interview, we just had a conversation about traveling, and random stuff. We got very excited for the Servas organization.
After the Servas interview, we went to STA travel to find a cheap round the world (RTW) ticket. We met Sally, our travel agent, and she will send a quote to us by tomorrow with our desired itinerary………..
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Day before Servas Interview

So I haven’t bought my ticket yet. I can’t wait until that is over with. I cannot buy it until an interview February 22nd because I do not know when I’ll be called back.
I’m done with getting vaccines though, my arm hurts. I got a lot of vaccines. I like the saying in Spanish: ‘Mas vale prevenir que lamentar.’
I do not know if I have mentioned it before, but during my travels I plan to be part of Servas organization. This organization is made up of Hosts and Travelers and it is based on on understanding, tolerance and world peace. Well, I have my interview with a US Servas member tomorrow and I’m very excited to learn more about the organization and to become a member….
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