It is the end of a calendar year and normally I would post a list of places in the US that I intend to visit in the coming year: conferences, festivals and other events that attract my interest. In less than 30 days, I‘ll be embarking on a journey that will take me to at least 12 countries over 12 months.

In computing, a context switch is “the process of storing and restoring the state of a process so that execution can be resumed from the same point at a later time”. As the departure date approaches, I am putting old things aside and making room for new ones. I will be placing my essential belongings into a couple of backpacks, shutting off unneeded services and preparing for life on the road. I’ve been asked by many people, “What are you going to do with your house?” which is reasonable considering the distance and duration of my trip. This house has stood for well over 100 years and like the many unfinished projects within it, will be here if/when I return. This past year has been full of unexpected and unwanted change.

In the coming year, I remain hopeful without the rigidity of expectation. I don’t pretend to know how this next year will transpire. I’m just open to seeing what happens.

Feb – Montevideo, Uruguay

Mar – Buenos Aires, Argentina

April – La Paz, Bolivia

May – Cusco, Peru

June – Istanbul, Turkey

July – Prague, Czech Republic

Aug – Belgrade, Serbia

Sept – Cavtat, Croatia

Oct – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Nov – Koh Phangan, Thailand

Dec – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Jan – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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