Or why I quit my job to travel around the world.
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After answering the same question from customers for the umpteenth time at work one day, I reflected on the decisions I had made to get to this point. In my younger days I had graduated from college with a not so marketable degree in history and anthropology. Despite planning on extensive traveling I nevertheless ended up with those items that make you settle down; a wife, queen-size mattress, a cat, a car, a house, another cat and then another cat. Ten years had passed and despite getting some initial short term employment with local archaeology firms, I decided to get a more stable job in retail for the last seven years.
I have never really known what to do with my life, I only went to college because I did not know what else to do. American society puts a lot of emphasis on having a college degree. However, what isn't really discussed is that not all degrees are worth the money you pay for it. In the my parent's generation, any four year degree was a path to a better life but now you must really choose one that will give you marketable skills. Having not done that (and not listened to my mothers nagging), I still need to decide what to do with my life.
Over the years I have had the opportunity to travel and enjoy a wide range of delicious cuisines. I have enjoyed cooking since moving to Portland and discovering better food than what was offered in rural Montana. Being here in the Rose City does have its benefits and the foodie culture really lets you explore the culinary world, I have blended my own spice mixes, ground and stuffed sausages and if the wife wasn't so afraid of bees probably would have tried beekeeping, although a coworker does that so I do get honey on a regular basis. While I have tried recipes from all over the world I really have enjoyed those that use cumin and chiles. Mexican, Moroccan, Indian, Sichuan and Korean are perhaps my favorites.
So having found something that I enjoy doing, I needed to figure out how to turn it into a job While I have toyed with the idea of opening a food cart here in Portland, but that would reduce the amount of traveling I could do. Having looked at a variety of options for three years without making a decision I needed to go for broke. One of the skills that my degree taught me was how to write and I have always wanted to write a book. Here was my chance, circumnavigate the world, eat food, write about it and publish a book. The journey will take six months and I will post to this blog about the places, people and food. This will form the basis of a cookbook that will detail the recipes of the delicacies that I had consumed on my travels. I estimate it will cost $14,000 for both the research and the publishing. The adventure has been payed for but if you want to help me find more recipes there is a link to Paypal on the side of this blog. Any amount is appreciated and when the book is published everyone who contributes will receive an acknowledgement in the book. If you contribute $50 or more you will receive a free copy of the cookbook.
I hope you will have a great time reading this as I will making it. And you don't even have to deal with the jet lag.