WORLD ARBITRAGE

"I ate the last mango in Paris,
took the last plane out of Saigon,
took the first passport to China
and Jimmy there's still so much to be done."- J. Buffett

  1. Sydney, Australia
  2. Hong Kong, China
  3. Cape Town, South Africa
  4. Auckland, New Zealand
  5. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  6. Salzburg, Austria
  7. London, UK
  8. Vienna, Austria
  9. Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Some of those "damn, this is what it's all about" moments:
At the YoHo bar in Salisburg having "Dancing Queen" come on and instantly travelers from every corner of the world are on top of the tables singing arm in arm until close in the early morning.
Being stuck on the wrong side of the river in St. Petersburg after the bridges have gone up at 4am, and with the other tired drunken souls, being forced to see the ships go by in the white night.
Over Christmas break, having just been reunited with my classmates from Duke, seeing the sun rise through a window as we board the plane in Hong Kong to go to Vietnam.
Driving through the Fijian highlands with my own private guide (because no one else showed up for this tour), local school kids waving as we go by, with the "Lonely Planet" theme song in my head.
Sitting in a cramped seat on a mini-bus of wide-eyed strangers, we drive through the Australian outback, listening to Sting and Crowded House over the speakers.
First full day in China, not understanding a damn thing anyone can say but looking like I should, walking through the chilly post-sunrise air and life in Tianamen Square.
After a day of seeing the sites in Rome, sitting around on the Spanish Steps late in the evening listening to the small group if guitarists serenade our crowd of strangers to the classic "More than words."
A chilly Swiss night in Montreaux singing "Bohemian rhapsody" in the shadow of the Freddy Mercury statue on Lake Geneva with my new Dutch friend Marielle.
Snorkeling around the underwater bungalows at our resort in Moorea, running into some new friends in the water as the sun goes down, and as I get back to our room and look through the window seeing Sonja curled up and sleeping peacefully on the bed.
What will we find on the next trip?

2010


Cruising Grenada & the Grenadines

January


My new company Wild On Tours comes on-line!

Jimmy Buffett concert in Ft. Lauderdale
February 27th

Jimmy Buffett concert in Dallas
May 22nd

National Parks of the American West - June 26-July 4th

Montreal July 17th and see U2?

Morocco/Buffett in Paris- September 15-26

Haiti- November with Project CURE?

Some trips for the next few years:

Norway Polar Bears/Oslo - July to Aug

Tanzania/Rwanda

Madagascar
Africa Adventure Company option
combined with Vic Falls/Chobe- between Aug - Jan

Ethiopia?
then Seychelles

Bermuda

Nicaragua- with Project CURE?

Long weekend in Lake Tahoe
Key West

Mexico- San Miguel de Allende (old planning site), Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta

Provence, France
Old planning site
option? Combine with a Buffett Paris show?

Iceland- combine with Buffett London show?

India tiger safaris- Oct to March
combine with Maldives before they sink
World Expeditions Cruise info
option

Iran?

Romania

Libya

Gators play at Arkansas October 5, 2013?


Europe 1992
United Kingdom, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam


Virgin Islands 1994


Europe 1997
Austria, Venice, Prague, Budapest


Russia/Estonia
May 1998


Germany
October 1998


Southeast Asia
Tokyo, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Min City, Kuala Lampur, Singapore, Bangkok
January 1999


Jamaica


Fiji/Australia
May 1999


Asia
Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Osaka, Kyoto
October 1999


Greece/Italy
September 2000


Alaska
August 2001


Africa
Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Cairo, Luxor, Nairobi, Masai Mara, Victoria Falls, Capetown
September 2002


Cuba/Bahamas
December 2002

Canada
Toronto, Whistler, Vancouver, Victoria


Cancun, Mexico
March 2003


Spain and Stockholm
August 2003


Peru/Ecuador
December 2003

2004



Costa Rica
April



Zihuatanejo/Mexico City
May


Rio/Buenos Aires
November


Hawaii '04


Curacao
December

2005


Heidelburg/Switzerland
January

Jamaica April 15-18



Cabo, Mexico
May


Virgin Islands 2005

St. John, Tortola, Prickly Pair, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Norman Island


Tokyo/Vietnam/Cambodia

November


Chile
Easter Island/Santiago

December

2006

Chicago


Tokyo/Okinawa
May

Jamaica May 27-31


Windjammer- Eastern Caribbean

Antigua, Montserrat, Nevis, Guadeloupe, Iles des Saints, Dominica
August


New Zealand

November


Hawaii '06

New Years in NYC

2007


Hawaii '07

Tokyo/Okinawa '07
February


"50 First Dates" Locations

Kauai
May


French Polynesia

July

Well, I'm back in Austin...

Jamaica September 1-5


My birthday dinner at Moonshine's


Linda at the new condo downtown


Figaro has a room with a view


Polar Bear Safari- Churchill, Canada

November


Prague/Poland

December


Spinning under the Christmas tree at Zilker Park, apparently an Austin tradition : )

2008


Antarctic Expedition

December/January


Groundhog Day/Pittsburgh


Botswana

March


Dallas to see Jimmy Buffett in concert- April 26th


Tulum/swim with whale sharks

July

San Diego


Jordan/Israel

Thanksgiving


Swim w manatees/Disney World

December


2008 comes to an end
Downtown Austin as seen from my balcony

"I hope I never get cynical. I think you need youthful energy, excitement, and optimism in life. There is a lot I want to do, and the more cynical you become, the more you sit on your butt and do nothing."
- L. DiCaprio

2009

"Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours." - Ronald Reagan


Guatemala/Belize

February


India & Normandy/Paris

March


Turkey

April/May


Balkans

May


France

UNDER CONSTRUCTION


Roatan, Honduras

July


Ireland and see U2 in concert!

July

"As I've gotten older, I've become aware that time is fleeting. I don't want to waste whatever I have left. I want to spend it with people I love, and I want to do things that really mean something."- B. Pitt


Meerkats/Namibia

August


China/Bali

September


Caribbean Cruise & Buffett Concert
UGA vs #1 UF

November

"I'm a good worker, I'm a hard worker, but I'm a world class vacationer."- W. Harrelson

FSU vs #1 UF, November 28th in Gainesville


Panama

December

United States
(a work in progress)

Rock stars I've Met
And Concert List

W Hotels

Those "It's a small world" moments:
Near the end of my stay in London, while having a beer at a near by pub with some classmates- eyeing a girl and she is eyeing me. Comes over to introduce herself and it is a girl from my high school class, Sheri Horowitz.
Standing on a street corner in Saigon- and as one of thousands of scooters go by, someone riding on the back of one yells out my name. Turns out to be my Fuqua classmate Rakesh.
Standing in the immigration line to leave Capetown, I see my co-worker Barbie standing a few people in front of me.
Checking in for my flight to the Bahamas, my friend from middle school Mark Engel is a few people behind me with his family going to the islands as well.
Missing my friend Eleanor's wedding since I'm heading off to Rio, but meeting up with her in Buenos Aires on her honeymoon.

"What lies in the future is a mystery to us all
No one can predict the wheel of fortune as it falls
There may come a time when I see that I've been wrong
But for now this is my song..."- K. Carpenter


Updated March 14, 2010