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Florida and Now London

Posted by Jason del Sur in Kilimanjaro 2010
June 30th, 2010

After a wonderful weekend in the Florida Keys, I have just arrived in London. I have a couple pictures I’ve taken on my phone, and I’m uploading them here and to my flickr (see the photo bar across the the top of the blog). Once I get to an actual computer, I’ll load some vastly superior pics off my camera.

The Keys are pretty amazing. It blows my mind how thin many of them are. After watching the sun set on the west coast, just walk across the street and watch the moon rise in the east. While it was no Kho Panang, we did get to go to a full moon party (many more children, and far fewer buckets than a Thai full moon party) but there was a pretty cool band, fire spinners, and fireworks.

Other than that a lot of sleeping in and swimming in the ocean. My back is pretty sunburnt, and I’m thankful I have a few days to recover before I have to carry a backpack around.

To London, I was fortunate to get to fly first class. Because I was waiting on my friend Sarah’s work schedule, I wasn’t sure what we would be doing so so I didn’t know what airport I would be flying out of. But a few days ago, a bunch of first class seats opened up at a lower milage rate (using frequent flyer miles to get to and from Europe was the only way I could afford the airfare for this trip). It’s the best way to fly overseas. Got a couple glasses of wine (I’m still pissed American charges for booze in coach on international flights) then a fulling reclining seat made for a great overnight sleep here.

Time to head out to grab some lunch and meet up with my buddy Mickey and my friend Yari once they’re done with work.

Tomorrow: onward to Paris!

I think the oil got to this sad specimen

Smallest bar in the world (or at least in Key West)

First class!

Coincidence, or Fate

Posted by Jason del Sur in Kilimanjaro 2010
June 26th, 2010

Five years ago on a sailboat in the Greek Isles I met a man named Ewen. Ewen has the greatest job I can imagine; he’s a travel photographer. That’s why he was on the boat, getting a free ride while he shot photos for the tour company.

A year later I attended his wedding in Phuket, Thailand. And a year after that I visited him and his wife in Melbourne, where they live. That’s three out of my four big trips that I’ve seen Ewen. (By big trip I mean two plus weeks.)

Late last night, after an awesome Thievery Corporation show, as I was making my final preparations I discovered it’s about to become four out of five. He and his wife Victoria are going to be in Paris the same time I will be.

Small damn world.

The Next Adventure: Kilimanjaro

Posted by Jason del Sur in Kilimanjaro 2010
June 11th, 2010

“And there, ahead, all he could see, as wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun, was the square top of Kilimanjaro. And then he knew that there was where he was going.” – Ernest Hemmingway

I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling lately, mainly for fun, but preparation and training has been my¬†rationalization. In a little over two weeks time, the next adventure shall come to pass. A journey to Africa and an epic ascent through jungle and snow to over 19,000 feet above sea level. Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa, will be my next destination.

I will be departing Chicago on June 26 for a couple short layovers in Florida, London, and Paris to visit friends (plus I somehow have never made it to Paris before), and then arriving in Tanzania on the 4th of July. (I do confess, I feel slightly unpatriotic being out of the country for Independence Day, but c’est la vie.)¬†I will be meeting my friend Julienne in Moshi, Tanzania. She left just last week to begin volunteer work there. Her blog Julienne Wanders she started for this trip is so far wonderful. I’ll have a full day in Moshi to acclimate and prepare, then begin our 7 day trek up the Machame Route, aka the “Whiskey Route.” After one day to recover, it’ll be time to board the plane for the long journey back to Chicago.

If Douglas Adams can make it to the top in a rhino suit, I figure I should be fine. And don’t worry, this is not my trek company:

Be the Groove’s New Video

Posted by Jason del Sur in Random
June 10th, 2010

This is what happens when I go out of the country. I don’t get to be part of awesome film shoots like this one Be the Groove did while I was in Costa Rica:

We’re currently leading the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Virtual Rhythms: International Tapography Competition. There’s one more day of voting, so help us out!

Vote Now!

We’ll be having another video coming soon filmed the same weekend that you won’t see me in, but you’ll hear the music I wrote.

And stay tuned, in the next day or two I’ll review a couple recent domestic, but awesome trips, and talk about my next international adventure, what I like to refer to as Operation JRO.

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