I want to share with you why I chose the title of my blog and podcast. Let me quote a little background from Wikipedia, “Journey Without Maps (1936) is a travel account by Graham Greene, about a 350-mile, 4-week walk through the interior of Liberia in 1935. It was Greene’s first trip outside of Europe. He hoped to leave civilization and find the “heart of darkness” in Africa. The interior of Liberia was at the time unmapped (a US Government map had the interior as a large white space marked “cannibals”), and so he relied on local guides and porters.”
Back in 1998, when I joined the U.S. Foreign Service, Liberia was my first posting. Ever since my adventures there I have always wanted to recreate this walk across Liberia. To date, I have not been able to accomplish this, but in the spirit of such a journey, my work and my interests continue to take me around the world and I want to share that with you in a personal way. Moreover, I want to share alternative ways of traveling through the places you find yourself in. I hope that you will also share your experiences with me.
Currently, I am in Dubai and coping with a move to Cairo. I was given short notice of this move and now I am rushing to record all the unique experiences I have had in Dubai! So look for a podcast in a day or two recounting BBQs, 5k races, organic markets, bird feeding on the waterfront, volunteering and more…
Thanks once again for sharing my journey without maps.
Signing off for now,