Real Life On Hold - these are the adventures of California native Travis Emmel, as he takes time off from the rat race to travel and see the world.

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Man in the Window

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

What the guy in the seat in front of me has up his nose, I'm not sure, but it must be something really good. Over the course of the last 35 minutes, he's been hard at work digging around both nostrils. Thumb, index finger, middle finger, pinky, they're all getting a thorough workout. My repeated efforts to look out the window of the bus on the green carpeted hills, dotted with miniature sheep-shaped cotton balls are rewarded with the overlayed reflection of the nasal miner as I make my way back to London after a full day of sight-seeing. Today, I've taken in Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and the Roman Baths.

The imagination takes quite a toll on days such as this, trying to imagine what life was like back when these monuments were created. How did all these people live? What did they value? How were these buildings created given their current technology? And, in the case of Stonehenge, why were they created? It makes me wonder what people 2000 years from now are going to think of our world. I fire up my iPod, clear my head and try to look past the man in the window.


  • At 4:08 PM, Blogger *britt* said…

    they lived by hanging out with the cotton balls, and passing the time by picking their noses.

    ps - how's your motion sickness going with all these bus and train rides?

  • At 7:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well written.

    Concise, engaging, and personal; by far your best entry yet.

    You're improving and I'm noticing. Keep it up.

  • At 3:23 AM, Blogger Travis said…

    No issues with the motion sickness...only felt it once on a train and was easily corrected by switching to a forward-facing seat and by ceasing to take Kurt's money playing cards.

  • At 10:59 AM, Anonymous GT said…

    Stonehenge was created by an advanced race of humans that evolved to a higher plane of existence...

  • At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow...I'm interested in the deodorant replacement girl...SABINA! I bet she always smells good! Uh, not that hearing all about YOU isn't fabulous, but on behalf of her colleagues here at the office...please give a few lines on her gives us hope of someday going on a similiar journey out of this, "ahem" wonderful work place. Thanks a bunch! -Bridget

  • At 3:59 PM, Blogger kurt said…

    I'm glad to hear that you will risk vomiting on me in order to take my money.

  • At 12:46 PM, Blogger Nancy said…

    Cool! Stonehenge! and I have a ton of pics I will send once I get everything settled in LA (moving today). What's your email?

  • At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Eric said…

    I'm in England now--I probably just missed you by a few days. :(

  • At 4:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    yum yeah i live in london thanks for looking me up :P



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