With the 2009 Presidential Inauguration behind us, it’s decision time as to where to go next.
A Hearty Thanks
First off, thanks to all who voted, commented, and sent us emails (some of you did all three) with thoughts and advice regarding the next segment of our journey. Your input is important to us and we may be in touch to follow up on your suggestions.
In order to count everyone’s vote, we considered the following:
1. Those who voted in the poll
2. Those who voted by commenting in the post (but did not vote in the poll)*
3. Those who sent us their vote by email
*If you’re wondering how we know this, the polling software indicates this.
Although we kept the poll open a bit longer, we took the results from January 24, 2009:
- South/Central America: 49.3%
- Africa and the Middle East: 48.9%
- Other/No Opinion: 1.8%
In full disclosure, we were leaning towards Central and South America before the poll, but were interested in what our readers would have to say. Responses and firsthand advice pushed us over the edge.
However, the level of emotion in the comments and emails about Africa surprised us. This continent obviously leaves an impression and touches those who have been there, in a very special way. We look forward to experiencing that firsthand, but it must wait until next year.
The Grand Plan
Perhaps it comes as no surprise, but we don’t have a set itinerary for the next leg of our journey. The first couple of months will likely include intensive Spanish language study in Guatemala (probably Quetzaltenango). We have found that some of the most insightful conversations about a place can be had with fruit and vegetable vendors and talkative taxi drivers. Neither group, we’re told, speaks much English where we are headed.
We will likely continue south through Central America and circle South America as opportunities, contacts, and suggestions arise. We will update our Where We’re Going page as more details fall into place.
Thank you again for your support and please continue to send suggestions for Central and South America our way.