Twenty-eight years ago, in mid May, I was traveling around the states. I need to dig out my journal to figure out exactly where I was and what I was doing. In July, I climbed into a jet to head off the Paris and then to travel for a few more months around Europe.
Traveling was different back then. Hitchhiking was more acceptable and perhaps safer. There weren’t cellphones or the Internet. (Actually there were both, and I had been on the Internet before I hit the road, but it was very different from what it is today).
Today, I went to a Couchsurfing potluck dinner. I brought some of my cider which was well received. Most of the couchsurfers were under twenty-eight. That is, they hadn’t been born when I was traveling around the states and Europe.
Yet the couchsurfing potluck reminded me of a party that I ended up at in July, 1983 in an apartment in Paris France. It was the same vibe, people brought together by a love of traveling and meeting people from different cultures.
We left early to do Fiona’s radio show and for me to get a chance to rest. I’m still pretty exhausted. Yet it was a great time and I look forward to my next chance to meet these fellow travelers.