It seems to me that I have had this stale profile picture of myself frozen on Deception Island for some time now. I have since been to a few other places and I have done a few things but I have not found a new photo to replace the current picture. How dreadful is it that I even care or have a profile picture? I mean think of it – profile pictures were for dating sites in the past when cell phones were the size of bricks, but now they seem to be for everything. I actually think these pictures do not even represent who we are, but rather what we want people to think of, when they think of us. I like to think of myself as an explorer of places, science, and of course I seek what cannot be seen – truth. So how does one beat Antarctica? I am going to Kiev, Ukraine next week – maybe a photo from there will do. The week after my trip to the Ukraine I am headed to Roma – maybe a photo from there. Rome has many options; Vatican, Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain and then of course there is Pompeii. But isn’t all of that “been there and done that” stuff? I also must add that my existing photo was from January 20th, so it, the profile photo, is getting old!
So with this in mind I think I need to top Antarctica and I have already been to the Arctic. So without further stalling or obsessing I have booked a trip/trek to Tanzania and yes I am looking forward to a new flag! (I collect Flags from all the countries I visit.) Having been to Kenya last year this seems like a perfect trek and I want to be in great shape for the trip so I will be starting a twelve week training regimen designed for those taking the two week trip up Kilimanjaro. Now this should result in loads of good pictures with none of them shouting out “there is Rob with a new background”. Having resolved this problem it occurs to me that it is getting harder. I am thinking Everest Base Camp Trek, but from there where next? Will I be off to Space? All of this for a profile picture, well maybe not, but it is a SOLID excuse for a little travel, no?
The good news about Kilimanjaro is that I will see the glaciers before they are gone (around 2015) and I will be able to write a new Travel book and this is a good thing to offset the cost of the trek. Speaking of Travel books, today is the last day I can give ‘Going to Antarctica’ away for free with Amazon, I get a total of five days and today is the fifth and final, so grab it for free http://www.amazon.com/Going-to-Antarctica-ebook/dp/B007BNEQEK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331835892&sr=8-1 – After today it is $3.99 every day.
About 20-40000 people a year go to Kilimanjaro. With a world population, as of this moment, at 7,000,685,820 – It is nice to go where everyone else is NOT.
Also, feel free to send some comments on what you think would be a great trip, I really cannot afford space!