Daily Archives: February 13, 2008

11 Months Traveling And I Never Left Azeroth

Posted by on February 13, 2008

My World of Warcraft alter-ego: Caesar, Level 70 Undead Priest

This post is going to divide people who read it into two groups: one will roll their eyes and say OMG, and the other group will laugh out loud and say OMG! The first group will have no clue what the hell I’m talking about, and the second group will know exactly what I’m talking about.

When you travel, especially traveling alone, you often have lots of time on your hands. You can’t always just being running around visiting things non-stop. That might work when you are on a brief vacation, but when you are doing long term travel, you can burn out really quick.

Before I started my trip I was an pretty avid World of Warcraft player. I was the leader of a raiding guild on Dark Iron (Djork) and was one of the first level 60 and 70 characters on my server.

When my trip started, I never canceled my WoW account. While I can’t really play seriously anymore, I have been able to log on every so often from different places. I can’t say I’ve spent much time playing and I wouldn’t even call what I do “playing”. I usually just log on and say hello to my friends in the guild for a few minutes. I’m basically using it as a glorified chat client. I have done some daily quests and simple things, but that is about it. Playing on satellite connections in the middle of the ocean doesn’t really make for an awesome playing experience. (Please, spare me the comments about how traveling and playing video games is a waste of time. I don’t play much and after you have traveled solo for a year, you can preach to me.)

To date, I have logged on from 23 different countries and territories. The only reason I am writing about this is that I think it is some sort of record. I have no clue and I am sure no one keeps track of these sort of things, but I don’t think the average WoW player does much international travel, let alone try to log on while they are overseas.

Here is the complete list:

  1. USA
  2. French Polynesia (a cafe in Papeete)
  3. Cook Islands (a cafe in Rarotonga)
  4. New Zealand (a Starbucks in Auckland)
  5. Fiji (an internet cafe in Suva)
  6. Samoa (with great difficulty from an internet cafe in Apia)
  7. American Samoa (Tradewinds Hotel)
  8. New Caledonia (Le Meridian Hotel. Very slow)
  9. Vanuatu (hotel in Port Vila)
  10. Solomon Islands (King Solomon Hotel)
  11. Guam (Days Inn near the airport)
  12. CNMI (hotel in Saipan)
  13. Palau (motel in Korror)
  14. Philippines (internet cafe in Makati)
  15. Taiwan (hostel in Taipei)
  16. Japan (several places)
  17. South Korea (hostel in Busan)
  18. Hong Kong (Chungking Mansion)
  19. Macau (McDonald’s)
  20. Brunei (internet cafe in BSB)
  21. Malaysia (hostel in Kota Kinabalu)
  22. Indonesia (restaurant in Bali)
  23. Australia (Hostel in Melbourne)

If I had been trying, I could have logged on in a few more locations. Easter Island and the Marshall Islands would have been possible if I made the effort.

Daily Photo – Nauru

Posted by on February 13, 2008

Waiting room, Nauru Airport

Waiting room, Nauru Airport

From a strict artistic standpoint, this is the lamest photo I’ve ever posted as a daily photo. However, this is my only proof that I was ever in the nation of Nauru. The way the flights to Nauru work, you basically have to stay there a week or an hour. I flew on Our Airline (formerly Air Nauru before the plane was repossessed) from the Solomon Islands to Kiribati. I got to spend an hour in the transit lounge at 1am in the pitch dark. Even though I technically was in Nauru, I really saw nothing of the island. Nonetheless, I am one of a very small handful of people who can claim that they have been to Nauru. On August 3, 2007 I was in 5 countries in 30 hours after getting denied entry into Kiribati (a story which I will never tire of telling).

Vacation From Vacation

Posted by on February 13, 2008

I’ve started my Melbourne vacation from vacation. It has been a pretty productive first day. I got a new site up and running. It is called Where On Google Earth?. It is pretty simple. I put up an image from Google Earth and you guess where it is from.

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be going through my backlog of article I’ve intended to write as well as going through some of the photos which are sitting on my hard drive.

So far, I’m enjoying Australia, but it does seem expensive. The price of a 600ml bottle of Diet Coke (about 20oz) is A$3.50 (about US$3.25). That almost rivals the cost of Tahiti. It is about 3x the cost I’ve seen everywhere else. Other things don’t seem as expensive, but it is still on the high end of prices I’ve seen so far.

The internet here is reasonably fast. Something which I am taking full advantage of.

Tomorrow, in addition to photos, I’ll be going to the US Consulate in Melbourne to get my passport renewed. That should take about 2 weeks to process from what I’ve heard.