On the Road Again - Becoming Jack Kerouac: Part I
Leaving my apartment yesterday morning, I sang the opening tunes to a favorite song of mine, "On the road again."
The last time I was in this position I felt free. I felt the world was presented anew. It was mine to explore!
That feeling of impending excitement rushed back yesterday. I felt free again, able to grow naturally, organically, into whatever the world threw at me!
But first thing is first. After I dropped off the last of my laundry, I went for food. Nirvani's Kitchen, in New Brunswick, down the street from the room I just moved out of, gives an amazing lunch buffet. Chicken Makhani, Samosa Chaat, and some amazing butter Naan almost shoveled themselves into my mouth, I was so hungry.
After chatting with the waiter (we've been casually chatting the last 4 times I've been there) he brings in this dessert. It is a brown, sweet cheese ball. I was surprised to hear it was made of cheese. I was under the impression it was a light, sweet pastry bread.
Alas, I was corrected. The ball was as sweet as I remember, decadent and warm. A perfect start to my two months of travel.
I stopped by one of my favorite coffee places, Hidden Grounds, to bid my friend Anand goodbye. He started up Hidden Grounds with his business partner a few years ago, and has helped me out with a few projects of mine. We have passionate conversations often and I love the light he brings into the room.
New York City was next, with my two bags of luggage trailing behind me like shackles (today, my Aunt and I are going to Target to buy better luggage, easier to move around.) As I boarded the train, I lugged the bags on, with my longboard and checked out logistics for the flight to Colombia.
Chatting with the group next to me, I found that Phish, a jammy band, was sounded out that night at Madison Square Garden. I went on my computer and found a flight which worked for me.
I received an order for 35 $2 bills (a side-business I started on www.TwoDollarBillShop.com for some extra money) so I went off to my supplier to pick some up. I was pleasantly surprised!
They were all sequential... Which means they were never circulated! My supplier tries but can't always guarantee this. The buyer will be pleasantly surprised.
So I met up with my family at Pennsy. I had assumed this place was a nice diner for all the times I had walked past it, however entering I realized it was a quirky interesting food court.
So I had a seitan burger with spicy mayo and other interesting toppings. The "Big Bang" burger they called it.
The rest of the evening included Belgian waffles, nuts from a place which I first thought was a gay porn vendor, and windows from a famous department store. And the realization that I had left my laundry in Jersey.
My next post will fill in the details and describe a movie which brought tears to my eyes. I'll introduce you to some of my family as well.
Stay tuned on my NYC-leg-of-my trip & Unchain Yourselves™ to live life on your own terms, subscribers!
In the comments below, which place would you travel today if you had no obligations and money was no issue?