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Foreign Exchange: Departure

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I look out over the collection of things gathered here with an odd sense of appreciation. This is what a life line for a month and a half on tour looks like. A culmination of trials and errors, lessons learned, experiences experienced. All of these things, all items chosen with purpose, tools, valuable pieces of equipment. Each of these parts may have their own innate aesthetic qualities, but each component presented here serves a worthy function. It feels reminiscent of a cache of items from some kind of video game. Artifacts that when used correctly help you get to the next stage. All of these pieces solve some kind of problem when integrated or applied correctly. Pads for protection, wheels for specific situations, cameras to tell the tale. Yes, this is the raw material of a story that has yet to be written. Like elements from the periodic table, all of these bits and pieces are unassembled, undiluted; the basic building blocks to an adventure of epic proportions. It’s oddly sentimental in some ways, it’s the sight of unknown future potential, the ultra-sound of an unborn child. Everything here functions like an organ of the body, some pieces are expendable, some pieces are essential, but all work together to create a one of a kind unique experience that will live on in memory forever.

My full load out, minus a few articles of clothing, and Esteban the cat.

My full load out, minus a few articles of clothing, and Esteban the cat.

So I gather my things and fit them neatly together in a portable package. Two simple units that contain so much unwritten potential. An umbilical for a journey to a foreign world. And when I climb out of that sleek, aluminum-winged stork and into this new domain, I’ll have all of these essential things to help me along the way. My future role predetermined, my own story of birth and new beginnings playing itself out before my very eyes. So I cross the ocean in a humbled frame of mind, obliged to have been chosen, ready to be born.

My life for the next month and a half.

My life for the next month and a half.

Be sure to keep a lookout for more quick reads from my European adventure to come.

Thanks for reading, now go plan your own adventure of epic proportions.

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