A written account, with photographs, of my first trip abroad
in late 1990. I flew to China, rode the Trans-Siberian Railroad
across the then Soviet Union, toured Europe, and made it to Berlin
for the German Reunification celebration.
This manuscript started as a scramble to write everything down
before I forgot it. A short while into it, I started treating it
as an attempt at a serious travelogue, to be published or whatever
eventually. Now, twelve years later, I reread this account of an
honest but embarrassingly naive 27-year-old, and wonder if I'll
ever finish it, since the original writer's voice is long gone.
Yet, the story has also become somewhat of a historical artifact,
since the time it describesapproximately the midpoint of the
short period in which Eastern European Communism collapsedturned
out to be a unique period in history, even more so than I suspected
at the time.
I've got Chapters 1 and 2 on-line now, complete with illustrations
scanned in from my slides. In the next few weeks (or months) I will
be putting chapters 3-4 up. Then, as soon as a finish the final
two chapters, they'll be up on this site as well.
The big 5-month adventurethe Australian-style, quit-your-job,
leave-your-apartment, open-ended trip I'd dreamed of embarking on
ever since I met Aussies my age doing just that on the first trip
(actually, even since I'd read about hippie backpackers as a teenager)finally
came true in the fall of 1994, when I built a trip around a trek
These pages contain the best of the enormous amount of pictures
I took on that trip. Although on this trip I didn't dutifully write
down all of the confusing sequence of events, I've accompanied the
photos with as much verbal context as I can recreate in my head.
Watch this spacemore photos from this and other trips will
appear soon on this site!