Now Showing: “Elsewhere”

This blog entry was originally posted on April 11, 2005.

(Click here to skip the drivel below and jump right to the new slideshow.)

I often joke and say that I’m the stereotypical Japanese tourist, because when I’m out traveling, I sure do take a hell of a lot of pictures.  Anyone who’s joined me on the road on my 503-day journey knows that I’ve snapped pictures left and right with my little Sony DSC-U30 digital spy camera like there’s no tomorrow, sometimes not of anything photogenic at all, just so I can remember things instead of jotting them down in a memo pad.

While I did bring along the heavier artillery of a Canon AE-1 SLR with color slide film, and a little Sony HandyCam miniDV camcorder, it was the little spy camera that I kept in my pocket at all times to capture each moment — almost every moment — except of course, for those couple of times after it was taken away from me, like that time I got mugged at knifepoint in Cape Town, or that time I passed out on the beach in Valencia, Spain, only to have it robbed off of me.  (That was my bad, sorry.) 

In any case, the bulk of my photos came from my little digital camera (and its subsequent replacements of similar make and model), and in the end, I ended up with a whopping 33,824 pictures in total.  Insane.  For the past four weeks, I have used all of my available free time between freelance work, drinking beer and coffee, and watching episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation and Wonder Showzen (arguably the funniest and most twisted show on TV right now)  to go through each and every one of my digital photos on my new PowerBook G4 — Apple’s iPhoto is a godsend for such a task — and I’ve weeded them all down to a few hundred really good ones.  From that select group, I narrowed them down even more to just a few dozen exceptional ones (including some never-before-seen on the Blog), all of which I’ve put together in a brand new slideshow that I am proud to announce here in this entry:

The Global Trip.com Presents
“E L S E W H E R E”
Photos From Sixteen Months Around The World



Just click the link above, and then sit back and relax for the next eight minutes while you marvel and reminisce about life elsewhere on the planet.  Be warned that by the time the slideshow presentation finishes, you might be so inspired and teeming with wanderlust that you may just spontaneously pack up and leave without thinking before remembering that you left the stove on.


THE CAPTION TRACK:  It is my intention that this slideshow of my best digital photos be more about evoking emotion through sight and sound than about the questions of “Who/What/Where is that?”.  But, for those anal ones out there (hehe, I said “anal”), you can simply turn on/off the caption track in the lower righthand corner of the presentation.  For you diehard Blogreaders out there, you can test your knowledge and quiz yourself on the destinations with the captions off, and then turn them on to reveal the answers and see if you really know your TGT trivia.

TECHNICAL MUMBO JUMBO:  Just like the “Would You?” and “DAY 503” slideshow trailers, the Flash plug-in (version 6 or higher this time) is required.  If you don’t have it, you can download it by clicking here.  Also, it should go without say that faster, more powerful computers will probably handle the synchronization and timing of photos to the music better than a slower computer (even though I have it set to auto-adjust the quality based on processor power).  If you have the means, watch this on a decent computer with good speakers.






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Comments for “Now Showing: "Elsewhere"”

  • As LIZ pointed out, the title and artist of the song used in the slideshow is displayed in BIG LETTERS so that no one has to keep hounding me for what it is.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/11  at  02:07 AM


  • I’m still working on that “Best Of” list… stay tuned!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/11  at  02:09 AM


  • I didn’t think you took too many pictures… seemed normal to me LOL

    Posted by Liz  on  04/11  at  02:30 AM


  • I am truly a die-hard blogger. I recognized 90% of those photos. It was great to go through and play “Guess that country”!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/11  at  04:08 AM


  • ‘Elsewhere’ is hot.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/11  at  04:36 AM


  • This BLOG entry brought to you by the letter N…. fresh out of rehab, so I hear.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/11  at  04:50 AM


  • awesome

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/11  at  05:44 AM


  • Cool vid! I still can’t believe most of those were taken with your tiny spy camera.

    Posted by anthony  on  04/11  at  10:03 AM


  • RACHELJC:  It’s also brought to you by untitled vacuum cleaners that, on a subconscious level, are about two people having sex.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/11  at  02:05 PM


  • ANTHONY:  “Good photography comes from the person behind the camera, not the camera itself.”

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/11  at  02:07 PM


  • anal…hehe…

    picture 69 rocks..

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/11  at  04:02 PM


  • AWESOME!!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/11  at  04:25 PM


  • “Elsewhere” has sexual connotations from my days in photography school…..

    Awesome photos….I have used a few of those as my desktop!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/11  at  04:27 PM


  • AWESOME!  Inspiring!  Can’t wait to get home to watch it…..on weeeeed;)

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/11  at  04:45 PM


  • Could not wait until tomorrow morning to see it. Had to see it NOW! and did just that. Mindblowing.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/11  at  08:31 PM


  • As good as porn but without the mess.  Great job!!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/12  at  01:55 AM


  • One word:  AWESOME!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/12  at  05:02 AM


  • I have a Sony DSC-41 (4.1) with a 256 memory card.  I never get great pics…....... When I read that you took over 30,000 I realized I am still in “film” mode and only take 1 or 2 shots of each scene.  From now it’s click, click, click…....then pick and choose!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/12  at  05:07 AM


  • JANICE:  Yeah, all the good photos you see in a National Geographic are most likely a few from hundreds of shots taken.  Back in my film days, I only really got 1-2 really good shots per roll of film.  (This gets pricey, which is why I went digital.)

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/12  at  05:57 AM


  • E - these pics are amazing - thank you for sharing them. How does one find a publisher for a coffee table-type book? If you tell me who I should research, I can do that in my infinite spare time till I either get a job or run back to Thailand…

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/12  at  10:02 AM


  • stunning—what an adventure you have had.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/12  at  08:56 PM


  • I hadda come here and mention this…

    So, I figured to start looking around for a dig. camera…I put in a google search for “Sony DSC-U”  I figured to leave the number off, to see if there are any newer models out now then the one you used. 

    And the last link on the 1st page was….


    Paris Lost - THE GLOBAL TRIP 2004… GRANT: The Sony DSC U-30, Sony’s camera for “people on the go.” Posted by: Erik TGT on August 1, 2004 07:02 AM. Hosted by the BootsnAll Travel Network.
    blogs.bootsnall.com/theglobaltrip/updates/003621.shtml - 31k - Cached - Similar pages

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/13  at  03:37 AM


  • A M A Z I N G !!!!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/13  at  05:00 PM


  • Erik - What was that? I was bored to tears!  I just wasted 8 minutes of my life.

    Just kidding! raspberry

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/13  at  05:07 PM


  • I’m gonna need to re-watch it and look for all the sex everyone’s talking about. Did I miss something? Was there a vacum in there somewhere?

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/13  at  05:47 PM


  • Delete this site! If my friends see this then they are going to want to come with me! This cannot happen!

    Amazing pics…..Antartic looks so cool (no pun intended)

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/13  at  06:34 PM


  • Delete this site! If my friends see this then they are going to want to come with me! This cannot happen!

    Amazing pics….. Antarctic looks so cool (no pun intended)

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/13  at  06:36 PM


  • I gotta learn how to use Flash.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/13  at  07:04 PM


  • TDOT - it’s hard for 81ers to learn…sorry…

    hahahahah

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/13  at  08:17 PM


  • ...damm that hurt!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/13  at  09:15 PM


  • TDOT:  Remember it’s 2005 now, you’re on our side against the 1982ers…  Besides, you come from the city of Degrassi: The Next Generation.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/13  at  10:01 PM


  • That’s true… Please tell me you remember Joey Jeremiah’s antics circa 1987ish!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/13  at  11:07 PM


  • TDOT:  Yes… the best part is that he’s a regular on the new show.  Did you see the one where Craig punched him in the face repeatedly?  Or when Kevin Smith shoots “Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian” at Degrassi?  GREAT SHOW!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/14  at  05:55 PM


  • Awesome as usual.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/14  at  09:50 PM


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This blog post is one of over 500 travel dispatches from the trip blog, "The Global Trip 2004: Sixteen Months Around The World (Or Until Money Runs Out, Whichever Comes First)," originally hosted by BootsnAll.com. It chronicled a trip around the world from October 2003 to March 2005, which encompassed travel through thirty-seven countries in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. It was this blog that "started it all," where Erik evolved and honed his style of travel blogging — it starts to come into focus around the time he arrives in Africa.

Praised and recommended by USA Today, RickSteves.com, and readers of BootsnAll and Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree, The Global Trip blog was selected by the editors of PC Magazine for the "Top 100 Sites You Didn't Know You Couldn't Live Without" (in the travel category) in 2005.


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If It Wasn’t Entertaining, It Wouldn’t Be P.C.

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THE GLOBAL TRIP GLOSSARY

Confused at some of the jargon that's developed with this blog and its readers over the years? Here's what they mean:

BFFN: acronym for "Best Friend For Now"; a friend made on the road, who will share travel experiences for the time being, only to part ways and lose touch with

The Big Trip: the original sixteen month around-the-world trip that started it all, spanning 37 countries in 5 continents over 503 days (October 2003–March 2005)

NIZ: acronym for "No Internet Zone"; a place where there is little to no Internet access, thus preventing dispatches from being posted.

SBR: acronym for "Silent Blog Reader"; a person who has regularly followed The Global Trip blog for years without ever commenting or making his/her presence known to the rest of the reading community. (Breaking this silence by commenting is encouraged.)

Stupid o'clock: any time of the early morning that you have to wake up to catch a train, bus, plane, or tour. Usually any time before 6 a.m. is automatically “stupid o’clock.”

The Trinidad Show: a nickname of The Global Trip blog, used particularly by travelers that have been written about, who are self-aware that they have become "characters" in a long-running story — like characters in the Jim Carrey movie, The Truman Show.

WHMMR: acronym for "Western Hemisphere Monday Morning Rush"; an unofficial deadline to get new content up by a Monday morning, in time for readers in the western hemisphere (i.e. the majority North American audience) heading back to their computers.

1981ers: people born after 1981. Originally, this was to designate groups of young backpackers fresh out of school, many of which were loud, boorish and/or annoying. However, time has passed and 1981ers have matured and have been quite pleasant to travel with. The term still refers to young annoying backpackers, regardless of year — I guess you could call them "1991ers" in 2013 — young, entitled millennials on the road these days, essentially.




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