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December 24, 2001

12/24/2001, 3:22 am, Long Island

12/24/2001, 3:22 am, Long Island

Had a nice day of haircutting, goodbyes, guitar-playing, and good times with old friends. Before catching a few hours of Zzzz’s and leaving for the airport, I’m sending the following note to my travelogue list:

Dear friends, dear family,

I hope your holiday season is treating you well. May your last days of 2001 be good to you and may 2002 have great stuff in store for us all.

Iím having an airborne Christmas this year (as if the jewish star on top of my familyís tree isnít non-traditional enough). I leave tomorrow on a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Tokyo and then Singapore.

Iíll be gone 4 weeks, and I hope to use this list to share a few stories from my travels. If you want off the list or want to subscribe with a different address, nowís a good time to do it. If I set things up right, there should be instructions in the header of this message.

A rough itinerary: In Singapore, Iíll spend a few days with Aji, a good friend from Bangalore, India. (You might remember Aji from my letter about the night we met [see ďWednesdayís ExpeditionĒ on http://www.lukemelia.com/travel/indialetters3.html]). On Saturday, I fly to Laos, where Iíll celebrate the new year and hopefully find out why so many backpackers say that Laos is their favorite part of Southeast Asia. From Laos, I go overland to Thailand to meet my friend Elbert on January 4th. We plan to go north for a bit and then south in Thailand and be back in Bangkok around the 18th for our flights home.

Iíve purposefully tried to leave my plans a bit vague and leave things up to chance. I only expect to send a few emails to this list, but will check mail when itís convenient, so donít hesitate to drop me a line.

Happy Holidays and Peace & Joy to the World!

-Luke

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