Toridotgov is taking a break from regularly-scheduled (uh, whimsical, sporadic) programming to go on a totally spontaneous bought-my-ticket-48-hours-before-departure leaving-tomorrow-morning omg-omg-omg trip to the birthplace of the most adorable 87-year-old man on the planet, Gabriel Garcia “I love you too, Tori” Marquez! THAT’S RIGHT, I’M GOING TO COLUMBIA, OHIO! Minus Ohio. Oh, SIMILAR PLACE NAMES! You’re so tricksy, like Gollum! Two important things. No, three.
1. IF YOU WANT TO BE MY FRIEND FROM NOW ON WE ARE TAKING SPONTANEOUS TRIPS AROUND THE WORLD. Who cares about money? Put that thang on your credit card, baby! LET’S SEE EVERYTHING!
2. I just want to take a moment to say that I love my dad and this trip is extra-secretly meaningful to me because my parents traveled around Colombia (and the rest of South America) on their honeymoon. I am taking the film camera they used to document their shenanigans (well, the second film camera…the first one was stolen…in Colombia…SHH MY DAD DOESN’T KNOW I’M TAKING IT IT’S A SURPRISE/I DON’T WANT HIM TO PANIC). I am also taking a little journal embossed with my initials in real gold leaf that my dad picked up for me in Kenya, so that I can write down everything I think. I owe my (largely-unfulfilled) love of traveling to him, as well as my love of all things translated-from-the-Spanish. I wish I had his knack for languages and his ability to live off canned beans and egg tortillas so that he could spend all his money on seeing the museums and monuments and natural splendors of the world. Papi, you’re an inspiration!
3. Hi ghost of Scott & Zelda perpetually pinned to the back of my bedroom door, YOU INSPIRE ME TOO.