Perspective and the American Dream.

I awoke early this morning and decided to update the blog before work.  I made a cup of coffee and got back in bed with the laptop…. yes there is internet, so I can update!  As I sipped my coffee I realized how fortunate I am.  I thought about how good I really have it, a great job, no debt (I recently sold a home back in the US… boy was that a relief…) and so many options!  Work for a few more years or travel next Spring?   I will need to decide next Spring!  For now I want to enjoy life on a small tropical African Island called Bioko (Equatorial Guinea).
That brings me to my point about perspective and the American Dream.  I have been happiest when I am on the road and traveling, least happy when I was slave to a huge mortgage.  Most happy with a frying pan over a camp stove cooking some canned stew, least happy when trying to put together a “perfect” meal for the neighbors in a huge modern kitchen.  I guess what I am saying is my American Dream is simple, to experience life to the fullest, travel, meet people, learn about their cultures… to see the world with my own eyes and not from the pages of a book!  The big house, 2 cars and a country club membership might be the perfect American Dream for some but not for me.  When my work here in Africa is complete, I will hit the road and be a full time gypsy, I want to see America via the back roads.  So I guess my “American Dream” is still the ability to satisfy my addiction to Wander-Lust!!

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I am an adventure-loving American man, with a severe case of wander-lust and a desire to experience as much of this wonderful world as humanly possible. Every place I have visited or lived has taught me something about life and helped me grow. For me, traveling opens my eyes to how similar the human race is, yet at the same time, how unique we all are. I hope this blog will motivate you to put down the TV remote, dust off your backpack and decide to take a chance on an adventure. It can be a walk in a new neighborhood 2 miles from home or a trip to a far off distant land. I have lived in or visited over 50 countries during my life and hope to see many more. I want to share my experiences. I hope you enjoy the blog. -WAND3R3R, Somewhere on the Globe, 2014.