Monday, April 09, 2007

The Well

My two-week-long interview on The Well is finally over. It was fun answering questions all day and waxing on about travel theory.

Ha, as if there is such thing as travel-answers. It's all common sense, of course, though it does make me feel important, as if I have some secret information garnered through elite experiences. But the point of many answers is to build up the confidence of the asker, to let them know that they too can run around the world without fear. Because that was my whole point in Stalking the Wild Dik-Dik. I am just normal and lazy, certainly not the least bit athletic. And if I can make it around the world with a backpack (for a year), so can anyone.

Well, it was one of the points. The other point is that there's nothing to be afraid of, that people around the world have the same hopes and dreams for happiness and success for their families. The unknown is nothing to be afraid of, whether they have a mud hut or a McMansion, they are essentially the same as you or me.

6 comments:

Ed Ward said...

Not just members; anyone can e-mail a question. I should remind them to post that info.

Linja said...

Ah, "the peregrinating Marie Javins." Quite a phrase!

Marie said...

I had to look up "peregrinating." What, I wondered, like a falcon? Yep.

Linja said...

The falconess flies from place to place, then swoops down and devours... an artichoke!

amazedlife said...

If you get this twice, I'm sorry. Computer froze in between. I've been reading the conversation at the Well and just wanted to say that I think West Africa is totally do-able. If you need any contacts or information on the Sierra Leone/Liberia/Ivory Coast bit, let me know. I will probably be in Liberia starting in June and have friends who have done quite a bit of long-haul trucking around West Africa and know the routes well.

Linja said...

The dialogue on The Well is really interesting. I hope you are saving all of it for future reference - maybe a FAQ on mariesworldtour.com. Which should also have a photo of the lucky frog emblazoned rock, or is there one there already? (I hope this is a light rock like pumice!)