Yesterday we had 100 views on our blog, and seven new subscribers.  Wow!  I can’t wait to share our adventures with all of you.  The preparation is only a part of the journey.  Just wait until we get to Europe.  Now, that should really be interesting!

The journey is soul searching.  The blog is cathartic.  Having friends follow along is special.  Keep coming back.

Gail @Eastbound and Up!


How do you know when you have found the theme song for the particular season in your life? Well for me, it’s the one that puts a lump in your throat and fills your eyes with tears when you hear it.  That is what happened when I received this song from a friend.

So, here is my theme song for this journey.  It reminds me to embrace my fearlessness.

“He’s one of those who knows that life
Is just a leap of faith
Spread your arms and hold your breath
Always trust your cape”  – The Cape By Eric Bibb

Gail @Eastbound and Up!

I have heard it described as groping, prodding, and even molestation.  The much talked about airport security pat down is a huge concern for me.  And, my internet search for ways to avoid receiving the pat down made me worry even more.  According to an article by Jennifer Plum Auvil (Travel Channel online), I have the right to a searcher of the same gender, a witness, and a private room.  What!  Now, I’m really worried.

So, from what I gather, they will subject me to a full body scan.  I don’t exactly think my digitized silhouette will be flattering.  Yet another incentive to loose 15 pounds before my trip.

If I pass the scan, fine.  If not, it is on to the groping station.  Now, anything from jewelry, to belt buckles, to coins can trigger a pat down.  So, I am  hunting for a buttonless, tight fitting outfit that won’t require a belt.  LOVELY!

Don’t get me wrong, I am not protesting the process, or challenging the need for such measures.  I am just trying to avoid it.  So, I will put away the fear of cancer from the full body scan machine.  I will wear an outfit that is certain not to be figure flattering (even with 15 pounds shaved off’).  I will forgo earrings, a necklace, a bracelet, and even my rings.  So, in the name of safer travel, I will look like … a dork!

Gail @Eastbound and Up!

Airplane seat pockets…  I hadn’t thought of that.

My one constant fear when traveling is arriving to our destination as someone has come down with a bug.  This will stop a trip in its tracks.  I have been quite vigilant and avoided this so far.  Never mind that people think I am crazy in airports and on airplanes wiping everything in sight down with anti-bacterial wipes, we arrive healthy.

This CNN article tells of some place where germs can breed aboard a plane… Yuck!

6 places germs breed in a plane – CNN.com.

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog at least once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.


Gail @ Eastbound and Up!

This looks like a great read for the airplane.

For those of you interested in a travelogue on the topics of the Northern Lights in general and Arctic Europe in particular – there’s a recent travel book by Gavin Francis which might be quite a thought-provoking read on the history, culture and mythology of these countries: Here’s further information from Amazon.co.uk: True North: Travels in Arctic Europe 🙂 Happy Reading! … Read More

via Trine’s Weblog

I found this great article on the web. The questionnaire that accompanies it will really make you think… Do you have what it takes to live abroad?

Are you tired of the status quo? Bored with the daily grind? Sick of the rat race?

Do you picture yourself breaking free of earth’s gravity for a while, and soaring off to live and work in some far-flung destination, perhaps for a year, or even for good?

Maybe you imagine yourself teaching English in Bangkok by day, enjoying the sizzle of the city by night, and basking in the laid-back beach scene on the weekends. Or perhaps you’re an IT expert who dreams of consulting for an up-and-coming dot.com in Beijing while perfecting your tai chi forms with a wushu master. Maybe you’re a post-graduate archaeology student with an urge to dig, or a statuesque beauty seeking the allure of international fashion runways, a fluent Spanish translator who wants to run with the bulls, or a wannabe chef (have knives, will travel).

Whatever your dream, now may be the time to go for it, but not without first taking a good, long look at yourself to see if you have what it takes to live and work abroad. -Read more… http://ping.fm/Z855O