More actual thoughts and comments later, but this is a synopsys for those of you interested where I'm going. Let just say this trip has been on my mind for a really long time.
Aug 18 - Become a U.S. Citizen after 15 years living in the US
Aug 19 - Rush to get a US passport since my greencard is no longer valid. Also, new Ranch Party.
Aug 20 - Refresher scuba dive (required by dive shops in the Bahamas). Plus karaoke with Aden
Aug 24 - Last day at Transvideo until my return.
Aug 25 - Depart for Bahamas. Meet with locals and other staff people
Aug 26 - Two tank scuba dives in Nassau. Board ship for several days of orientation
Aug 30 - Ship departs Nassau.
Sep 03 - Arrive La Guaira, Venezuela. Travel to the Gran Sabana National Park at the outskirts of the Amazon four days of hiking and meeting the Pemon Indians. I have the Malaria pills ready.
Sep 13 - Arrive Salvador, Brazil (the homeland). Spend a day hanging out at this historic city
Sep 14 - Travel to the beautiful island of Fernando de Noronha, the "Brazilian Galapagos". I've dreamt of going there when I was a little kid growing up in Sao Paulo. I plan on doing a lot of scuba, hanging out at the beach, and traveling by bike around the island.
Sep 20 - Enter the Kingdom of Flatonia. Just kidding. But that would be awesome.
Sep 26 - Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa. Meet up with Sara. Hilarity ensues.
Oct 07 - Arrive in Mombasa, Kenya. Travel to the Maasai Mara Game reserve for a four day camping safari. Spend some time at a Massai village.
Oct 19 - Arrive Chennai, India. Visit Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal), and Varanasi (to see early morning religious ceremonies from a sailboat on the Ganges river).
Oct 26 - Arrive Yangon, Myanmar. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, the world's largest pagoda. Travel to Bagan, the "Land of 4 Million Pagodas". Do some river trips and spend a few days with local villagers.
Nov 03 - Arrive Singapore
Nov 05 - Arrive Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam.
Nov 06 - Travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia for a cruise on the Mekong River. Visiting the Killing Fields and Russian Market. Travel to Angor Wat to see temple ruins.
Nov 12 - Arrive Hong Kong. Visit the city and travel to Beijing. Tourism ensues.
Nov 20 - Arrive Kobe, Japan. I won't make plans until I arrive, except for meeting Dunagan, Aden (he doesn't know it yet), and everyone else (Jason - is Cirque out at that time) for a night of karaoke in Tokyo.
Dec 01 - Arrive Honolulu, Hawaii. First glimpse of US in a long time, and probably really warm weather after some cold crossing the Pacific in the winter. Suggestions welcome.
Dec 07 - Arrive in San Diego. Meeting with local warriors for intricate religious ceremonies.
Dec 08 - Back at the Ranch and T-vid as if the voyage had never happened...