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Got my BackPack, My Passport, and my Camera

The countdown starts...

I have lived in this world for twenty-five years and I have never left the American continent. Thanks to my wonderful parents and a cousin in Madrid, my destiny is now changing. I am headed to the Old World to experience bohemian life at it's best. I have my backpack, my documents, and a few memory cards ready to be filled with interesting photos and new memories.

If you are curious about the term VagaMundeando, I'll explain. It's really an old concept. While in graduate school, I would frequently look through South American magazines for random news and stories to entertain myself and my office-mates. One afternoon at home, I was reading a magazine that I picked up from a LAN Airplane on my way to Cuzco... and I ran into an article about the Chilean poet Gonzalo Rojas". When asked if he had invented the term, he simply answered:

"No, esa [palabra] existe. La usaba Quevedo, uno de los progenitores de los poetas latinos. Yo la uso, porque vagabundo tiende a una vertiente peyorativa. "Vagamundo" es el que se atreve con el mundo, con libertad, con imaginación. El viaje no es sólo físico, se viaja con la cabeza. Un viajero tiene o parece tener una apetencia de mundo." - Gonzalo Rojas

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The next day I posted a copy of this quote on my office door. In a matter of hours, my office-mate Kelley and I decided this concept would soon become part of my new graduate school e-mail account I need for personal use.... And it did. Since then, I have enjoyed the countless awkard expressions and intrigue I receive from strangers when I need to give out my e-mail and need to spell it out for those who aren't so familiar with Spanish. Yes, it's m-a-r-i-v-a-g-a-m-u-n-d-o. Was that a V or a B? Did you say M or N? hahaha I can't help but laugh at the fact that I may or may not receive that e-mail because of spelling issues and miscommunication. Oh well. I don't mind being misunderstood.

So it's finally time for me to explore España and see with my own eyes what I have been reading about for the last....8 years in Spanish Literature courses. And feel, learn, and taste what España is all about. There's also some family history I want to explore... My mom tells me that her grandpa was involved in a war in the 1800s there... I'll do more research and look into it. She mentioned something about my great-grandpa being a war mercenary.

Well, I guess my next post will be from Madrid. Hasta luego!

Posted by mvagamundo 06:45 Archived in USA

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I love that quote and it's a very fitting way to start your journey. You have been wanting to do this for so long and now you're finally going!!! I'm so proud and happy for you!!! PLEASE keep updating your blog because I want to read all about what you're up to. ¡Buen viaje!
TQM...
TT

by Tracie

Mari,

I love that you are taking some risks to explore Spain. I wish you the best during your adventure. I wish I were able to go with you.

Besos y abrazos,

Becca

by Rebecca Crain

Oi princesa,comece a acrescentar coisas no seu blog.
estamos ansiosos por novidades.Falei com a Gloria hoje e ela disse que o Ernani tem uma irma em Portugal, acho que trabalha pro governo brasileiro, nao sei se no consulado....mas enfim vou informa-la do seu blog, e ela repassara pra cunhada em Portugal falando de vc, disse que mora numa kitchnete, e vai falar com ela sobre vc, ok?

by zile

Oi Mari.
E aí, o q tá achando da Espanha?
E o Marcos, como tá?
Mande notícias e fotos.

bjs, sua madrinha

by claudia ribeiro

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