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day 40. live from the holy city

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day 39. planning for day 40.

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245195609 5Fe5169Bfe M forty days. yikes! frankly, i'm surprised that i still have my sanity...

speaking of sanity, i called up the indian embassy in ciaro and they told me it take five days to process visas. so, knowing reality to be somewhat a figment of consciousness, i'm not worrying about my visa until i walk though a metal detector and finally sit down with someone.

if you are planning on doing something as insane as this venture. you have two options, one get an ambiguous visa while you are in the states, OR drop into the indian embassy in paris or london. both locations will expedite same day visas (or following day visas) if you are willing to pay twice the price.

despite these headaches, tomorrow i'm venturing into one of the craziest cities in the whole world. tomorrow, i'm heading to jerusalem...

don't misunderstand me. i'm calling the city crazy, not because of all of the religious zealots that flock annually... no, not because of them... i'm venturing to the "holy" city because it's one of the oldest cities in the world and the "old city" is smaller than a square mile.... oh and did i mention the all the small tiny streets?

oh and if that didn't wet your whistle, i'm looking forward to finding a bus to Bethlehem to experience this lovely "security fence." i really don't understand the whole thing... from my conversations with activist, matan kaminer, this issue is deeply rooted in economics.

from my conversations and terse research, the Ashkenazi jews have long oppressed the middle eastern jews and Palestinians (muslim and christian). let's not even get into the armenian and Moroccan side of things... 'cause, that really starts to blow my mind...

nonetheless, with a country that is the cradle to three of the world's largest religions... let alone, a town that is cradle to three of the world's largest religions... it's bound to be crazy. maybe i'm too secular. maybe i've long lost my faith in a specific religion, but one thing has emboldened my perspective from the past few days...

these "holy warriors" would love to have an iphone, ipod, imac, internet, youtube, air conditioning, power, clean water, transportation, education, the opportunity to travel and the ability to move freely. so many of the Israeli's whom i've come across live a comfortable middle class southern californian suburban lifestyle. from shopping mall to shopping mall, from strip mall to strip mall, from gas station to gas station... the modern israeli is no different than the community i was born into nor the midwestern community i grew up in.

hopefully, tomorrow i will get to see a different perspective.

Couchsurfing solicitation for accompaniment in the jerusalem-yerushalayim / israel groups.

(photo discovered on fejron's flickr feed but obviously stolen from somewhere else...)

day 34. join me into a journey of insecurity

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today, i venture into the unexpected.

from istanbul, i fly to amman jordan and hop on a bus to one of a handful border crossings into israel. while i could have taken a plane, my wit and fortune did not find a suitable route. after reading several other travelers entries, i do not fear the crossing nor the 6 hours or more to travel 50 miles across disputed territory.

after traveling through the west bank, i'll find my way through jerusalem to a train bound for tel aviv. by the days end, i will have traversed more security checkpoints in 24 hours than i've traversed in the past 34 days.

with my whole life wrapped around me in two bags, will i feel safe?

not one bit, i will always fear losing sight of my thoughts, dreams and tools. no dog, metal detector, security checkpoint, will make me feel safe in a world where the pursuit of liberty is masked in the search for next new phone, social tool, president, ipod, car, stove or relic.

freedom is not a tag. freedom is not a twittering digg or new application for you ponce over. freedom exists beyond the loose keys that sit beneath your fingers. freedom is what you find beyond the thunderdome most call the work place.

i'd really love to see your thoughts on freedom... ann frank house

for the next few days, please take A photo and add it to the flickr group luck of seven and tag it "luck of seven."

the rule, you can only upload one image that best illustrates your perception of freedom. if you do not have a flickr account, point me to the URL or email me a copy of the photo...

see you in israel...

to my dear friend istanbul

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dear istanbul,

seeing how i'm addressing a city of 10 million, i'll keep this brief.

on 7 july 2007, i started a seven month global journey to explore the intersection humanity and technology at 12.15 on 1 aug, i will land and embark on a seven day journey in turkey. while i'm not sure if all of that time will be spent in istanbul, i'm sure that a good portion will.

i would love to meetup, grab a drink and chat about your couchsurfing adventures, mind blowing open source projects, or artistic creations. if you get a chance, i hope you send me a message so we can chat!

cheers!
noel

itinerary

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starting in new york city on 7 july 2007, noneck will depart for europe. first stopping in spain to run with the bulls during the festival of san fermín, and will then head to prague. after a month in europe, he will work his way along the mediterranean and into africa. some how, some way, he will traverse the deserts of the middle east and hop into india and travel along the coast of the indian ocean. in a miraculous feat cunning skill, noneck will snuggle into the arms of oceania for a few weeks before hoping into a plane back to north america for a road trip to see his brother's college graduation and celebrate thanksgiving with his family. shortly thereafter, he will collect his gear and trek through south america in a final attempt to make antarctica before the summer season ends. for the last leg, noneck will work his way along the eastern cost of south america, up the caribbean back to new york city.

live blogging at doors of perception!

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alexandra sonsino, friend, fellow lift 06 attendant and canadian citizen, has found her way to delhi for doors of perception 9. over at tasty thinking, food for thought and thoughts about food, alex and Dave Chiu are live blogging and have captured some interesting notes...

Hannu Niemien, Nokia - "The one planet economy will one day look like the internet. We will be able to have personal windmills and be able to sell the excess back to the network, its an internet-like energy architecture. Music delivery allows a direct link between the consumer and the producer of music and micro-networks get organized and bypass structures that exist now."

However nothing can replace face 2 face comms and even if we have the greatest communications, we still travel more and more instead of less. The perception hasn't been changing and we don’t see any good reason why we should not travel. Are the environment challenges enough to change this? "

Debra Solomon, artist, who's talking about "editable" architecture projects.

Sanjeez Shankar & John Vijay Abraham - Udipi, family run restaurants, where for 15 rupess you get all the rice and locally grown vegetables you can eat. Not to mention, the wait staff are all "freelancers" who get housing and food as part of their agreement to work.

André Viljoen, architect, researching urban farms in Cuba.

Naresh Narasimhan, the future of sewage?

Jimmy Wales, "Participatory: we should bring together W with other partnerships with trust networks to the problem of serach. Any propritary system limits the debate and we need to find new ways to find ways to search on the internet."

Alex Shaffen, "Everything needs to change. We inherited a broken future. We are living in the middle of an ecological nightmare. It’s affecting our everyday life. We’re stetching nature to the limit. We are now on global overshoot."

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Asia

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''My third continent is Asia. From September to October, I will bounce around looking to cover as much as possible. If you have something to add, please feel free!''

the hop from egypt to some place in asia is going to be intense. i would love to take a boat from egypt to india. then i will work my way along the indian ocean, and the second.

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== '''week 10''' ==
* '''8 - 15 Sept'''
* '''delhi, india'''
* OSS Camp Delhi - http://www.osscamp.in (8 - 9 September)
* hole in the wall project - http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com [http://www.liftconference.com/videos/view/single/33 video]

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== '''week 11''' ==
* '''16 - 22 Sept'''
* India
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal taj mahal]
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangalore bangalore]

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== '''week 12''' ==
* '''23 - 28 Sept'''
* Thailand

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== '''week 13''' ==
* '''30 Sept - 5 Oct'''
* Cambodia
* [http://www.theculturedtraveler.com/Archives/Sep2005/Angkor_What.htm Angkor wat]

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=== '''Seas to Sail''' ===
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Ocean Indian Ocean]

=== '''Events to Attend''' ===
* 4 October, Sputnik party (50th anniversary of the space race)

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22 and going around the world on a motorcycle

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in 2005, Gionata Nencini started his journey with $2200 in his pocket, then he hopped on his BMW motorcycle to discover the world. as any good fun loving twentysomthing or maybe more like any good italian, he not only has a page of nudes of himself but also a page dedicated to the women he's "loved."

outrageous as it might be, there are countless people traveling around the world who are always looking for places to crash. if you're hospitable and looking for a change of pace, check out couchsurfing.com

in the past week he's been on youtube, partireperit uploaded 243 clips... below are the two summaries of 2005 and 2006.

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on the luck of seven was an open-source, around the world project by noel hidalgo, a new york city based activist, organizer, barcamper and coworker.

for seven months, he traversed the globe. using a new media voodo (blog, vlog, wiki, flickr, couchsurfing, twitter, myspace, dopplr, and facebook), noneck harnessed the collective knowledge of the internet, and report on seven topics of freedom. this trip was funded by 253 people and supported, house, fed, and loved by countless others.

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