I have two days left at work, before I go on extended leave, which gives me thirteen days before I leave the country.
I’ll be setting off on my almost-three-month-long adventure, travelling to New York City for the first time, on 4 May, 2011. From there I will join a friend before we head down to Baltimore, on to Washington DC, up to Pittsburgh, then on to Chicago. We’ll part ways here, and I go on to Milwaukee. While there, I plan to take a trip to Two Rivers, before heading back to Milwaukee to catch a train to Minneapolis, spending a month there, and catching a train to Portland, Oregon. There’s the possibility of visiting Seattle, seeing as I’ll be fairly close (in America terms), and then a flight to San Francisco, before heading on down to Los Angeles, where I will catch my return flight back home to London on 13 July.
I can’t really describe how excited I am, as it doesn’t quite seem real. I never really travelled while I was at university, and didn’t really have the funds to do so once I’d graduated - aside from a couple of trips to European countries. The furthest I’d been was last year’s three-day sojourn to Tokyo (which was amazing - I’d have loved to have stayed longer).
The reason for the trip is two-fold.
It is, first and foremost, a research trip. The US has such a wealth of printmaking and book arts institutions and centres, and I’d be mad not to attempt to visit at least a good handful of them. Fortunately I’ve managed to contact a few and arrange workshop and studio visits, and will be furiously jotting down notes and snapping pics at every given opportunity.
Secondly, maybe it’s time I stepped out of my comfort zone. Did something a little bit daring, scary even. I’m positive that it will change my thinking for the better.
I can’t wait…