The Night Before

Hello, I’m Gabriel, and welcome to my new blog, Hidden Gabe. I could say that, for a moment, that title made perfect sense. I now feel just as confused as you are.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m 24 years old, I live in London and I just quit my job to take a rather big trip. However, most of you reading this I assume will know me, so to cut to the chase; here we go – tomorrow morning at 10:25am I will be boarding a flight to Madrid, then a second flight to Santiago, then a third to Buenos Aires. Might as well get this out of the way early; I have to travel for almost 40 hours to get to my first destination BUT it’s also the start of what I hope will be an epic journey, navigating the entire circumference of the globe and including around 15 countries over 7 months. If there was ever a time to start another one of my idiosyncratic, rambling blogs that focus more on menial bullshit than the larger, more interesting picture, now is that time.

2015 was a pretty terrible year. Not in any tragic or actually terrible way, but in a sense that not much good really happened. So, I decided I would make sure 2016 would be better, and I would start by fleeing to Argentina like Adolf Eichmann, then on to Chile, Easter Island (YES I know it’s part of Chile), French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Singapore, India, and then back to the UK. That should sort me right out. So in a way I’m ‘hiding’ from London, hence the title? I’m clutching at my own straws here, if you’ll pardon the unsettling nature of such a phrase.

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My finest travel moment to date. I hope to surpass it this year. Iceland, April 2014.

What do I expect from this trip? I have no idea. I’ve travelled alone before, but not at any great length, and always to places I’ve wanted to go for a long time. While there are places on my list this time that I have been dying to go to for many years (I’m looking at you, Japan), I will admit that some are just victims of circumstance; stepping stones that got in my way. So I expect the unexpected in all honesty. My mind is a little all over the place at the moment as I sit here buried under my laptop and ten cables, sorting out all my music and various other electronic companions that will no doubt cause me endless grief on my journey, but hopefully the next seven months will be filled with a little more insight than this rambling introductory blog entry.

I’ve had more people than I can count say ‘good luck’ to me in the past few days, but I feel like I should be the one saying it to all of you who are about to spend your precious time reading these blog entries.

Godspeed, and see you tomorrow for the first leg. I’ll say it agin; here we go.

Gabe

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