A Journey Around the World

Mitchell Stephens

December 2000 through September 2001

Lonely Planet essay on September 11, back in NYC

latest Marketplace report

new video experiments. new journal entries

latest FEED article: Globalization, Technology and the Panama Canal

* monthly articles on globalization: FEED magazine -- This is Planet Earth:

1. "A Golden Age of Diversity," Wichita, Kansas, March 2001

2. "The Global Pueblo: The Three Stooges Play Zunil," Guatemala, April 2001

3. "The Little Slit in the Americas" -- Globalization, Technology and the Panama Canal, June 2001.

Possible future topics: The Chief's Hut (the Amazon); The Non-Global Teenager (Senegal); Desert Songs (Mauritania); Conversations With the French (Paris); Rome, Ruins and the Pax EU (Italy and Bosnia); Escape From the Tower of Babel (Istanbul and Russia); The Center of the World (Samarkand); Sparing a Thought for 'the Vast Millions' (India); The Least Globalized People on Earth (the Andaman Islands); The Ancestral Home of My Pants (Thailand); Scorpions and Multinationals (China).

Note: FEED has, for the moment, suspended publication. Stay tuned for information about the future of this series.

* fortnightly essays on travel for Lonely Planet: In Search of Lost Adventure

#1 Why bent on rambling over the face of the earth? #2 On moving fast #3 On conquering #4 The gift of a delay #5 On being away without entirely leaving #6 Travelers' ears #7 Tourists and half-naked dancers #8 Found adventure #9 Danger and lies #10 The hammock Life #11 Our cherished stuff #12 A high tolerance for feeling like a fool

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* Public-radio reports on "Marketplace":

Examples: February 12, 2000, from the Amazon; March 27, 2001, from Morocco; April 27, 2001, from Paris; June 14, 2001, from Kyrgyzstan; August 15, 2001, from India; October 1, 2001 from China and discussing NYC

* daily jottings -- JOURNAL : A Journey Around the World:

I. The Americas: Signs and Wonders (Part 1), (Part 2)

II. Africa: Nomadic Wonderings

III. Europe: The New World

IV. Asia: Naked and Excessive

latest entries: shakedown outside of Tashkent, the Sino-Soviet border

* road video (short experiments shot and edited along the way): (eight road videos now up)

* the trip so far: map

* catching up with humankind
* whole countries "spoiled"
* new things, found
* traveling around an increasingly click around world
* five continents, one backpack, four power cords
* epiphanies
* dead batteries
* where exactly is Kyrgyzstan?
* dissolution, desperation and other fantasies
* that Sit-Com, Dot-Com, High-Top, Hip-Hop, Hamburger, Pizza Stew
* petty concerns
* around the world in eight months
* cars, trains, ships, boats and buses
* moral obligations
* cultural homogenization
* "friend of all the world"
* channeling Marco Polo, Phileas Fogg and Neal Cassady
* travel in the middle ages
* "a wandering"
* facts on the ground
* "You wouldn't know it would happen like this"
* "I roamed and I rambled"
* the chief's hut
* encounters with French people
* as the world shrinks
* "oh, the places you'll go!"
* why didn't I take the Lexus?
* the whole, widening world

Countries visited: USA, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, Senegal, Mauritania, Morocco, Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Russia, Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Pakistan, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand

The trip so far: Drove from New Jersey to the Panama Canal. Freighter as far as Lima, Peru. Boats down the Amazon from Iquitos, Peru, to Manaus, Brazil. Buses to Caracas, Venezuela. Bush taxis from Dakar, Senegal, to Atar, Mauritania. Four by fours from Nouadhibou, Mauritania, to Dakhla, Morocco. Bus to Marrakesh. Train to Tangier. Ferry to Algeciras, Spain. Buses to Malaga, Spain. Train from Rome to Ancona. Ferry to Split, Croatia. Bus to Sarajevo, Bosnia. Bus to Zagreb, Croatia. Train to Paris. Train back to Zagreb (don't ask). Trains through Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria to Istanbul, Turkey. Bus to Trabzon, Turkey. Ferry to Sochi, Russia. Trains to Moscow. Train to Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Car to Tashkent. Bus to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Cars to Kashgar, China. Buses to Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Train from Delhi, India, to Calcutta. Train to Chennai. Ship to Port Blair, Andaman Islands. Buses from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and then Hat Yai, Thailand. Train to Bangkok. Bus and boat to Ko Chang, Thailand.

"...Because there was nowhere to go but everywhere," Jack Kerouac, On the Road.

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A Journey Around the World
Mitchell Stephens

December 2000 through September 2001