As I previously mentioned, it's time to go back and tell a few tales over again. Hopefully this time I can actually continue to finish where I left off and complete the tale to the present day. It's a tripfor me to look back on these articles. Au revoir for now!
The OCVagabond's (me) decision to take to the road took root in September 2009. [Seriously? Over 5 years ago? WOW] Shortly after moving into a new apartment, while staring at the empty freshly painted white walls, he inexplicably decided to take the twenty minute stroll to his nearby big box bookstore retailer. After perusing through the aisles for about fifteen minutes, with no real purpose or direction, the OCVagabond found himself drawn to the tightly rolled up maps in the back of the store. While critiquing the quality of each individual map as if he had an idea of what he was doing – he didn’t – he found the perfect, easy-to-read map that would adorn the previously empty wall. The map was current at the time, so South Sudan only existed as an idea.
After taking the twenty minute stroll back to his apartment, he proceeded to wrestle for ten minutes with the edges of the map – struggling to keep them flat. Half an hour later the previously unadorned walls now had a splash of bright colors, drawing all attention from the living room and connected kitchen onto a single focal point. Upon sitting on his purple-brown cheap and fluffy IKEA couch, another instinct took hold. The map needed to be updated with each location the OCVagabond had traveled to in his life. One minute later – after marking many major US cities, Toronto, some cities in Mexico, and somehow Buenos Aires – the map was fully updated with every place in the world visited by the OCVagabond. The map appeared impressive; the amount of markings on the map was underwhelming. In this moment, the idea of a trip round the world was born.
Flash forward to April 2011. The OCVagabond woke up early on a cloudy Sunday morning. The gray light shining through the Roman blinds filled his new apartment muting the colors of each item and making it appear like an old Hollywood movie. He had moved to the Washington DC metro the year before and made an extremely difficult decision to move back to Orange County a few months earlier. Standing there, staring at the same couch he had in his old OC apartment – now adorned with two shirts thrown across the cushion tops – he began to survey the room. The apartment was filled with the recently rarely ridden yellow road bike in the corner [Wow! Sadly it remains the recenly rarely ridden yellow road bike in the garage now], the now-empty unmade bed behind him, the dust-covered dining table in between; just a collection of material goods. Although not as unexpected as the genesis of the idea for a round the world trip nineteen months earlier, this was a second moment of clarity. An epiphany was upon him. The decision made a few months prior to leave his life in the DC metro behind would not be squandered as the OCVagabond had just decided to take the round the world trip.
The journey began October 12, 2011.
PS – This site is going to be slightly tongue-in-cheek. The OC Vagabond absolutely understands 100% without a doubt that he is referring to himself in the third person and narrating his travels on this site. So don’t worry, he isn’t losing his mind.