Destination TBD

I escaped the cornfields and flat landscapes of the Midwest when I left Ohio 10 years ago to live in San Francisco. Since then, I've been building a design career and settling into a comfortable (read: routine) life. I go to work each day, where I sit at a desk and move a mouse around for 8 hours. My alarm has been set at the same waking hour for months, and I've committed my grocery list to memory. It's time to shake things up. I don't so much want to travel as much as I need to travel.

When it comes down to it, I'm traveling to take a break from the routine of my life. The world is a big place - I want to see more of it than my little corner in America. I've tried to find ways to make this statement a bit more poetic, so I came up with a simple haiku:

I'm invisible
A strange world I seek to know
Is waiting for me


20,000 Leauges under the sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and Jason and the Argonauts are just a few of the classic movies I was exposed to in my formative years along with many books and stories by such greats as Jules Verne, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, and Lewis Carroll. My Father regularly injected thoughts and ideas about such places as Chichen Itza, Angkor Wat, Uluru, Nepal, Machu Picchu, and Nazca. All these culminated into an undeniable wanderlust. Needless to say daydreaming was a reoccurring subject on a lot of my report cards.

My technology background has left me in front of a monitor for entirely too long. Time to dust off the hiking boots and journal and make some of those dreams a reality.


© 2004, Cheryn Flanagan