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  • I hung a big world map in my office because I didn't know exactly where I was going. Not existentially, although that is also a journey I'm traveling along without any sign posts, I mean latitude and longitude.

    Next Friday I am off to Tenerife and El Hierro for a week. I was ashamed when a colleague from Karachi saw me pinning up the map and asked why. I told him it was to give me perspective on our global approvals, but when he asked me to locate Karachi (where he is from), it took me more than 15 seconds. I told him it was because I preferred globes and the flat map was soooo different. I was lying, and he knew it.

    It's not that I'm not a child of the world: I was born in Buenos Aires of parents from Poland and Sicily, and I've been to places like the England, Scotland, Italy, Sicily, and Germany. I've even been on a beach vacation to Mexico (ugh...), but I am not a world traveler that way. Normally I am nervous when I travel; even when I commute my nerves are on the outside of my body. I much prefer my own home with my own tea cup and pillow. I do a bit of travel in my head, but I don't get out of the country as much as I should.

    In my own way, I'm looking forward to stretching my wings, photographing the volcano and the flora, looking forward to being in a warm climate in the middle of March, seeing a beach with black sand and eating food I can't pronounce correctly. Having an adventure. In the long run, as long as I have my camera, a connection for my Mac, and time to write, I'll be fine. And now at least I know where I am going.
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