So here is the plan… after fifteen years living overseas Marcus is moving home to Australia. These days, however, things are a little different from when he first set foot in the US, complete with ponytail, backpack, and hemp necklaces. Gone are the ponytail (recently) and the necklaces (not as recent). The backpack, in all it’s heavy ugliness, complete with a 15 year fade that has changed it’s once-trendy purple color to a greasy, wan gray, will be shipped back in a crate, having been replaced with lighter, more efficient luggage that can hold 6-8 weeks of supplies. The household full of stuff accumulated over the years will be meeting us in Australia, having made the journey on a shipping container scheduled to traverse the Pacific over a period of 8-12 weeks. In order to make the most of our own journey, we have decided to take the long way around, heading east from New York towards Europe, stopping to visit some of the world’s most interesting places. In the plan right now are Iceland, England, Spain, Italy, Greece, South Africa and beyond. We hope to hit as many locations as our meager funds will allow. Along the way both of us will post regular updates on what we experience traveling through the world with a two-year old. Once we arrive at our new home, the narrative will include impressions a new life in Australia from the perspective of an American expat and a native son arriving home after 15 years away.
Future anthropologist and part time professional ballet dancer
- Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.