Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The time is near.
I will board an airplane Tuesday and fly off to London for a week of Olympic fun in Britain’s capital city. I have my passport, plane, hotel and Stonehenge tour reservations and my Olympics tickets.
Don’t use my time away as a chance to celebrate my not being here for a week. That is directed at certain people who I know will try to do just that. I’ll only be on holiday for a week and will return to work on Election Day.
Before I go any further in this column, I want to point out that there is something related to my travels that I have never mentioned in my columns before. Outside of my job for the newspaper, I maintain a small travel blog called “Life Outside the Perimeter.” It is located online at http://lifeotp.blogspot.com/.
OK, when I say I maintain the blog, what I really mean is I post to it every once in a while. I’ve had it for more than two years and I’ve posted about 20 posts on it. Five of those posts have been in the last month, however.
For those of you who don’t understand the blog title, it is a reference to I-285 which is otherwise known as the “perimeter.” It harkens back to the old back-and-forth debate between people who live “inside the perimeter” and people who live “outside the perimeter.” In more recent, text-speak, it’s ITP versus OTP.
As far as chronicling my trip is concerned, I could easily use Facebook or Twitter. Those of you who remember my writings about my trip to San Francisco last year will recall I did an entire column where I recounted the Twitter posts I made during my trip to California.
I want to do something different this time. I am going to use my blog to chronicle my trip for the simple reason that I can write more on my blog than I can in a 140-character Twitter post or a Facebook status update.
I might post two or three times a day, depending on the Wi-Fi availability. I will very likely use stuff I write on my blog during the trip as inspiration what I write in my columns afterward, but you will have to see the blog for a more complete picture (a literally more complete picture because I’ll try to post photographs to my blog if I can).
I can already tell that some of my plans for the trip will allow for some interesting blog posts.
I have set myself up to stay in a small room at the Prince William Hotel on Gloucester Terrace in the Paddington neighborhood.
Yes, the mythical Paddington Bear was from this neighborhood, so the residents have erected a statue in honor of the traveling bear at Paddington train station. A lot of street vendors apparently also like to sell Paddington Bears in that area.
All of that means you should expect some Paddington Bear posts on my blog.
I’ll visit Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and the Roman baths at Bath on the same day as the opening ceremonies for the Olympics. Just the tour of Stonehenge alone will provide opportunities for interesting ramblings. Getting to see a little bit of Roman culture outside of Rome will be the icing on the cake.
I will be back in London in time to see the ceremonies, however. I just haven’t figured out where I will watch them from. I’m still trying to figure that out. If there is a big public viewing of the ceremonies, I plan to be there, take some photographs of the crowds and post them on my blog before Americans even get to see the event.
So, with that in mind, I will see you all when I return!
Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247 or via e-mail at email@example.com.