i am nicole, otherwise
known as elocin (my backward name). i am (usually) a freelance information architect by day and a decadent
freak by night- or a mopey couch potato, depending on who you ask
and how close i am to taking a trip :). i was born with a restless
gene, or a simple innate refusal to trap myself in the typical situation
of routine and stagnation (hubby, kids, screensavers of my dog in
my windowless office, minivan parked outside my suburban plastic
house), which makes me an avid traveller. on october 16, 2002, i
threw all caution to the wind, and despite the current political
unrest in the world, quit my job, packed all of my possessions into
a small storage unit in brooklyn, split with my boyfriend of five
years, and left NYC to attempt a year and a half trek "around
the world" (or as close as i can get to it). i picked the trip up again in october 2007. check out my main
links page to get an idea of my (rather
liberal and unconventional) interests in general.
is this site all about?
i originally intended this to be a travel guide based
on the places i have explored. but the fact is, when you are travelling
you are hardly tempted to take the time to build a well-presented,
thorough analysis of wherever you are (unless you are 'x').
somehow it has turned itself into more of a travelogue. people seem
to enjoy reading my day by day experiences, mundane though i sometimes
feel they are. maybe it's nice to know that things are fairly similar
across the planet. but there are always little differences which
fascinate me and which i like to point out for the benefit of those
who can't see them for themselves. i also have attempted to be 100%
honest and non-pretentious in the way i write. my audience is made
up of friends, neighbors, family, and ex-coworkers as well as the
stray wanderer... these are people whom (given my nomadic nature)
i am unable to keep in regular contact with otherwise. it's nice
to be able to keep a running conversation of sorts, and to me it's
important to be true to myself so that in the long run, these people
have a real idea of who i really am. thus what you see is what you
get. and in as close to real time as i can get it given the technological
limitations i encounter as a traveller in mostly third world countries.
how did you do this site?
i take pictures with my digital camera and download
them to my laptop, occasionally cleaning them up with photoshop.
for my pages i prefer to use straight html, so i have one simple
template that i update every day and periodically burn to cd. i
ftp my files up from internet cafes- easy to find though the connections
are not always so reliable. i originally built the site in cold
fusion with an admin tool that i can use from internet cafes to
update it, but i am simplistic and rarely do so. i use dreamweaver
to do my code (easy), and access as the database for the few database
do you travel?
travelled all of my life, though mostly domestically in the US with
my family. since i have been on my own i have decided to make international
travel a priority in my life. it makes me happy. therefore i had
fallen into a somewhat frustrating pattern of working for a few
months to save, and travelling with the money for a month or so,
working some more to save, etc.... for this trip i forced myself
to stay in one place for a year and a half to save, and hopefully
it will balance out by allowing me to have a year and a half free!
luckily i am in a very flexible and well-paying line of work, and
i constantly update my skillset by reading up on the side, so i
hope to eventually be able to work independently from wherever i
am, and in fact it is a goal to do so. overall though, if you want
something bad enough, you find a way to get it, and that's what
i have done. (you can too!)