I want to be a part of it: New York, New York - Frank Sinatra

My endgame for the whole trip around the world was always to leverage my sense of being uprooted to make a move to another part of the country. New York City has always been tops on that list, so I was excited to time my first visit since getting back with a networking BBQ in Brooklyn hosted by two independent online travel communities, The Matador Network and Sosauce.

In a real deja-vu moment, my Dad dropped me off at the Vienna metro station last Wednesday morning, where I slung my backpack over my shoulders and headed into Washington, DC to catch the bus to NYC. This was exactly how my trip around the world started in late November 2007! But this time, I wouldn’t be getting on an Air Tahiti flight.

While I was sipping a coffee outside the Starbucks at my preferred pick-up location, I saw the bus pass by on the opposite side of the street. A few minutes later, I called the office and confirmed the bus driver just missed me and was on his way to the next location. I jumped in a cab and we sped off to the new spot. This wasn’t the start I was looking for. Thankfully I got one of the last seats on the bus just as all the money was being collected from passengers.

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  • David Lee

    In late 2007, I quit my job and left the comfortable life in the USA for the open road with nothing but a 20-pound backpack, a …

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