World Tour 2014

It took Magellan’s ship Victoria 3 years to circumnavigate the globe. It took Turkish adventurer Erden Eruc 5 years to do it, traveling strictly via solo human-powered methods of transit. It will take me just 2 weeks.

First stop: Amsterdam. Known for its tulips, clogs, and red waxy wheels of gouda, Holland is fairly chilly in November. I will need to wear a coat.

Second stop: Tokyo. Like an infinitely folded piece of origami catapulted into outer space and exploding with color, light, and possibilities, Tokyo is sure to be full of mind-bending and unexpected moments punctuated by unfamiliar electronics and bunny cafés. I will ride the world’s smallest escalator and stroll by the vending machines you’ve only read about on Buzzfeed.

Third stop: Singapore. I will see almost nothing of this supercharged city-state while I’m there unless I don’t sleep at night. Sleep is overrated.

It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears. It’s a world of hope and a world of fears. There’s so much that we share that it’s time we’re aware: It’s a small world after all. Fourth stop: Home.