My first step

My mom tells me just about everyday how she knew I would grow up to travel the world. She felt it as she carried me in her belly and knew once she pushed me out, I would want to explore far and distance lands. 

I was 9 years old when my family set sail on a seven day cruise through the Caribbean and I got my first international experience. Even though our destinations were United States territories, I was immediately attracted to the feeling of being someplace other than what I knew.

Tasting new foods, seeing new sights, meeting people with accents. I never felt uncomfortable not having what I was used to, and I never complained when the bed I was sleeping in wasn’t like my bed at home. I loved it all, and I wanted more. 

Many years later, I still am drawn to the same thrills and feelings about being in a foreign place. For me, it never gets old; even when I’m sleep deprived, jet lagged and groggy, I manage to muster up energy to explore and conquer.

Today I have decided to begin sharing my adventures with the world. Retracing old memories, as well as documenting new travels I plan to take, my plan is to write about what I see and give back what I have taken – literary snapshots of life taking place somewhere “down the road.” 

My mother’s instinct was right about me; here today, gone tomorrow.

Buckle up and enjoy the written road.

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33 thoughts on “My first step

  1. It’s always nice to read a blog where you can actually visualize what you are reading, I can feel the heat from the asphalt and I can hear the hot wind. I love reading your writing. I am very excited to read more of your travels.

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  2. Oh, I agree with Amanda’s comments re your writing. What a pleasure to read. I just know this blog is going to be a smash hit and I’m glad you decided to share. Question. I watched several shows recently on storm chasers. One had two women who loved to chase tornados and who now take passengers on those adventures. Would this be the show you are involved with?

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  3. I don’t know what to put down for website?? So, I bet this doesn’t go threw!! Stories. How awesome. And, travel stories, that’s even better.

    Ryan, I think this is awesome and I think you are awesome!!

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  4. Ryan, I enjoyed reading about your travels. Ross brought me here. PLEASE put A LOT of pictures up.
    I look forward to more!

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  5. What a wonderful blog, Ryan. I can’t wait for the next segment. Your descriptions of the people you encountered were so detailed. I could actually see those people in the
    taco bell and outside the hotel. Thank you!

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  6. I had to chuckle when I read about your York, Nebraska, travels. (I’m a Nebraskan born and raised.) Sadly enough, I knew exactly what you were talking about;-) I found your writings so very interesting and am glad Ross referred me… can’t wait to see what you have next!

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  7. Hi Ryan,
    You are my favorite guest of Ross. Looking forward to reading more of your adventures. Post lots of pictures and hopefully a talky blog now and then. Wish I could have shown you the cultural side of Kansas. There is more to it than Taco Bell. Keep up the good work.
    David from Kansas

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  8. I’m really glad that Ross “linked” us to your blog. I’m fascinated, you have a way with words Ryan, I feel as if I were there with you. Looking forward to reading more! Hope to see your angel face soon ~ we miss you on RossBlog.

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  9. I love this blog thus far. So well written and interesting. I plan on visiting often.

    btw, Ross referred me to you.

    Feel free to read my blog.

    -Peter

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  10. Ryan, you are a kind and gentle soul. I love your writtings and will come back time and again. I enjoy seeing you on the RossBlog too. Have a wonderful day.

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  11. Ryan, How exciting it must be to get to travel the world. I havent had the pleasure to experience just picking up and being one with myself and the open road.

    Its been fun reading about your journey.

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  12. The greatest part of travel for me is meeting people.

    While I think you are a good writer – your prose is beautiful – you also sound extremely intolerant and judgemental.

    In small town USA (particularly some of the dying small towns in USA) people are doing the best they can. Some of them don’t have great clothes – or great teeth – or even a great command of the English language. But there are GOOD, KIND people everywhere.

    I’ve loved you on Ross’s blog – and I am sure that I will be booted out of the Ross fan club for saying something uncomplimentary about this blog. But I’m sorry, I found your tone less than kind.

    Most people in America don’t have a great deal of money, don’t live in the major cities – and their manners may not be up to your par (smoking outside) but I would also doubt that any of them would have purposefully farted in somebody’s face for not meeting their standard of acceptable behavior.

    Not sure why this bothered me so much – I’m not even from the Midwest – though I have traveled there and was touched by the warmth of the people I met.

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  13. Ryan, I love you on Ross’s blog but I must say that your view on those (red) states really bothered me. I hope you realize that you stating over and over about the toothless taco bell workers makes you sound as bad as those raciest people shouting vile things? You may not have been saying it outloud but to me it’s no different if you write catty things about people that probably cant afford a dentist and are most likely insecure about their appereance in the first place. Maybe its me but I felt as though your writing came off like, if people are not like you or come from where you come from then they are beneath you?
    Im from one of those (Red) states and Im neither ignorant nor raceist and I try not to look down my nose at other people because they are different from me. I really didnt think you would be that kind of person either. I mean no offense Im just giving you my take on what i’ve read so far. And so far it seems kinda smug.

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  14. Ryan, This is a great blog. I love reading about your travels and adventures. I loved when you were appeared with Ross, now I have another blog to enjoy.
    thanks for sharing
    nancy

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  15. I have to agree with Ally. Is is necessary to be so negative and smug about these people whom you perceive to be so imperfect? In one entry you equated being obnoxious to being overweight. In another you mentioned someone being portly. The poor toothless girl. You may be turned off by these qualities in people, but if you do not come off with some empathy and more sympathetic understanding of people, then it will be hard to create a following of readers other than those who also look down on the less fortunate. The concept of reading a traveler’s blog is interesting, but please stick to the experiences without commenting in a judgmental way. — Just a suggestion.

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  16. Agree with Ally’s comment. Learn and improve your view of the world Ryan. Don’t be so cynical, but have hope, and an open heart. Afterall, isn’t that what you want to be yourself, excepted for your lifestyle and your differences. We are all people of different colors, views, opinions, so don’t be a hypocrite..demanding equality for your group, yet being ugly to other groups of people.

    Be equal in viewing people Ryan, otherwise, your writing does come off as snobby. You can improve your readership with honey, not vinegar. Deep breath, hurt feelings, now, write something a little less toxic and more creative! Good luck to you and I hope your writing style changes for the better. you might make something of yourself.

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  17. I just have the travel bug in me and love to take a moment out of my whirlwind vacation where ever it may be and just write. Weirdest place, in a “western toilet” at 2am hotel lobby in China. Best place 6am on the beach of Miami (sigh) Enjoyed reading your words! Travel on ! Looking foward to reading more… I find it interesting to be able to have a sense of reading whats on peoples minds when I people watch.When people look a bit disconnected … This writing feels like its a little window into your thoughts.. Very cool.

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  18. I look forward to seeing what you do with this blog. Good concept. I love traveling. I’ve done study abroad three times, making it to many countries, and cannot stop. I love seeing the US too. Good luck with the blog!

    I see a lot of blog buddies in here!

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  19. I didn’t come here because of Ross. I don’t even know him. Anyway, I would like to say that I think the style is quite brave, and perhaps a little refreshing. It’s almost like being around someone who is not politically correct, in some politically correct place. I for one have never been to that part of the world, I quite like imagining it, how Ryan does. I live on a crazy, sometimes nuts island in the pacific… and I’m always fighting with myself… I want to say how things really are… but I want people to see it through my eyes too. Sometimes people don’t have dignity in my eyes. Sometimes they do.

    Anyway. I like it. That’s my two cents 🙂

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  20. funny, I didn’t feel any sort of demeaning attitude in your writings– i am a very visual reader and your writing made the pictures quite clear. You were painting a picture of what you saw and i sensed NO judgement in your words! You have the gift of writing– how about a book?

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  21. Ryan I look forward to seeing through your eyes what is happening in the world. I to have the itch to be…anywhere, at anytime and have often thought of starting just such a blog. Enjoy!!

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  22. oh Stacy– you are entitled to your opinion and I to mine– and you shouldn’t be so imtimidated by someone elses opinion– that’s all i’ll be saying to you so don’t bother replying and maybe you should grow up a little

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  23. Bigryanfan,

    Check your spelling first..2nd….actually learn to comprehend a sentence..or do they not teach that where u be comin’ from.

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  24. not quite sure why you need to pick on my comment– did you bother to read the others who defended Ryan and his writing style? I am entitled to my opinion as you are to yours– but the personal attack is unwarranted. And aren’t you doing, in your last post, what you accused Ryan of doing? You tell him to have an open heart and that we all have different opinions so are you the only one who is allowed to express yours? And by the way– I comprehend quite well and my spelling is just fine but thank you for your concern. –Do your parents know you are on a grown ups site? You should probably stick to those for children. Have a nice day Stacy. You are a joy to everyone on this blog.

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  25. Ryan — beautiful!!! Sums it up in one word. Was wondering if the picture dated may 24, 2006 is available for purchase. It moved me, and would love to have a copy. Please reply. thanks, take care, and I hope that “Penny” is doing well. Kathy

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  26. Vivid imagery evoking words but as many have commented before, a sense of superiority because of education and shopping ability is swirling in the air. When you are a part of a loving and diverse segment of the population that has a very long history of intolerence and deals daily with prejudice for being yourself, you must bring your every thought from a place of acceptance.
    The differences in people are what make each of them interesting, exploring their specialities makes you an ambassador of words.
    Just a thought.

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