have blog, will travel
When I started this site almost a year ago, most blogs I knew of were travel blogs, the narratives of friends abroad sharing stories with those of us handcuffed and hogtied to desks and domesticity. In response, I thought about subtitling my blog, Travelogues from Home. Because who says you can't have adventures in your own neighborhood, right? Well, I didn't. (Didn't name it that. Did have homegrown adventures : see archives.) I never, however, expected that blogging would actually lead to travel! But it has.
Well, kind of.
It's sort of a chain of events thing, really.
I start a blog. I meet the delightful and wicked talented, not to mention funny writer Jenny Amadeo. We become fast friends. She mentions she lives in Chicago (or so I gather from her site). I have friends who are going to Chicago in September. They say, "Hey, you should come with us to Chicago in September." I say, "Totally! Then I can meet my new best blog friend Jenny!" (Which was really not on their agenda, but they'd already invited me and couldn't take it back.) And then it turns out that the brilliant Brandon -- he of complexity, pathos and quiet humor -- has family there, or at least his wife Countess Chocula does and so we're having a mini-blog cum tequila symposium. Ta-daaa! Travel and tequila and I don't even need a passport. Blogging is so much more fabulous than I could ever have imagined.