Current Date: Saturday, August 21, 2004 5:30 p.m. (Buenos Aires)
Current Itinerary: Flying back to the US tomorrow...
Note: Hey everybody!! By the time most of you read this on Monday morning, I'll already be back in the USA. This will be the last journal for awhile...except for a "Favorites and Quotes part II" that I'll send out sometime in the next couple weeks after I get back to the US. There will probably be a few updates throughout the fall.
Written Friday, August 20, 2004
Well, here I am...the Friday of my last weekend in BA, and in South America. Rather surreal. Of course there is a sadness that comes with knowing these are the last days, but that is not something I want dwell on now. I'd say it is far better to look back on all I've done and smile, remembering the good times, the friends I've made and all I've experienced. It's something I'm very proud of and I know I'll always look back on fondly. Anyway, I'll try to enjoy these next 36 hours as much as possible before getting on my plane...but it isn't over for me...many more good times lie ahead and the world is a big place that I'm sure I'll see a lot more of.
But for now, I know that this the end of quite a little journey. Not to do an awards show speech here...but I do indeed have many people to thank for making my stay in BA great. A big shout out goes to my friend Anthony/Houston who made my transition into Argentina go smooth as butter. Some of my best times here were those first weeks when we were partying together. Also, a very special thanks to Andrea/BA who has been a true friend and is a wonderful person who did everything she could to help me during my time here. Words aren't enough to show my appreciation. Of course, I can't forget Chris/Denver and Burton/Virginia for being my good friends down here and keeping the sanity...thanks guys.
As a personal message from me to all of you...this has been the defining experience of my life. All that has happened to me over the past year and a half has far exceeded any expectations I could have dreamed. Before leaving, I remember very well how scared I was and how much I questioned myself...but I believed in what I felt inside. I guess what I'm trying to say is, whatever your situation is, whatever it is you dream of doing, go for it. I promise it will be worth whatever sacrifices you have to make. As a great man once said, "...don't take what you merely will accept out of life...decide what you want and go for it! Don´t you owe it to yourself?" Damn right.
Anyway, I have no idea how to close out these journals that have been my way to tell my story for the past year and a half. Many have asked me how I've kept going for so long and where the drive to keep going after my dreams came from. I've always felt that it is all of you who are the special ones who have given me the strength to do all of this. So, to close this out, I turn it over to you...my friends, my support, and all that make me who I am. Here are quotes from e-mails I've received over the past 19 months:
"Good luck, buddy. I'm not really sure why anyone would want to stay
"Adrian darling...i'm so glad that you came to that realization that
"I love you very much, I will miss you, but I am happy that you are
" I am so proud and jealous of you. Again, I have something
"I wish you the best on your travels. Please be safe. Enjoy all the world has
to offer; enough for all of us. It seems you are one of few brave enough to take
life by the horns, and get the most out of it."
"I just heard the other day that you were taking off and travelling the world
for a while. One, I'm jealous because I know how hot the women are at Ipanema.
Two, best of luck, be safe and enjoy yourself."
"I haven’t forgotten the morning we sat in front of the hostel in
"me parece delicioso lo que vas a hacer , no sabes la envidia de la
"All right! AC...way to go! You have embarked on your quest. Your long wait is
now over and its up to you to make the most of it. Live, Love, and discover the
things you Truly enjoy. Not many people get that opportunity so...live it!! All
of us from Houston are pulling for you and hope to hear of your adventures as
"The first email I received I thought "Wow he really is out there".
"Anyway, have a beer and a hot brazilian for me :)
"And the way that you write is so beautiful. That is a real life. I
"I have got to be the 100th person who has said this but it must be
"Wish I were there. You're not missing much back home. But in case
Day in the life at home... 70 degrees, rainy afternoons. E-mail &
"You are on this Quest not for yourself but for all you share your
"all i can say is... slow down on the beers"
"Anyway, i'm really happy for you, adrian, that you
"GOD!! Thank you so much for my Son AdrianII!! He is truly his Fathers Son!!
I could not be Prouder. I Pray that other men have half the Joy of watching there
Sons Become Men as I Am!!"
"saw the movie dirty dancing this weekend, what a nice change
"I AM SO GLAD THAT YOU FINALLY GOT YOUR CLOTHES CLEANED!!
"keep up the good work, taking everything you can out of life while
"How much better is doing this than stuck in a 9-5 job in the town you grew up
in and aren't ever going leave?"
"you are still f**king traveling????? gimme a break!"
"my brother,,I am so happy for you,,just to hear you saying that you
"i dont now if you remember me, but it really doesnt matter to much.
"I gotta say, you are one inspiring individual, A. I would seriously
"Wow, I can't believe all of what you have done and seen...keep up your
"is the backpack still holding up? ...or is it lost or destroyed? I'm kinda wistfully
thinking of it continuing the journey without
"Sometimes it makes me sad, though, AC being gone. I have to remind myself that
some birds aren't meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are just too bright...
and when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up
does rejoice...but still, the place you live is that much more drab and empty
that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend"
"Então, Adrian, do fundo do meu coração, que você tenha uma vida
"I just wanted to let you know that (we) both say Hi, both Love reading your
Journal entries, and both love that you have Balls Bigger than a Hippo's Balls
to travel the freakin continent of South America as you are! You are my idol!
You live freakin large. I live vicariously through you, my friend!"
"i don´t know how i would personally think today about americans in
"continue to keep it real within you. no one can "judge" your life,
" Sitting here in my cubicle staring at my computer, reading about your travels,
sure makes me wonder why the heck I'm not doing something fun!!"
"Sounds like you're truly in a great state of mind and being...congrats. You
are truly enjoying your trip the way it was ment to be enjoyed...and it doesn't
sound like it is a trip anymore...but also a life and a lifestyle...don't decide
to come back for any reason other than it is what you want to do...otherwise...stay
there or whereever the wind takes
Thanks everybody...see you when the adventure continues.
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