From reading my blog some of you may have discerned that I’m a visual person. It’s true that when traveling I probably can’t tell East form West but I do remember how many barber shops we passed or that we need to turn at the giant chicken statue. I’m also very detail-oriented and keep track of almost every cent I spend on the road. Naturally, I’ve combined these two traits when documenting my trip. Some travelers keep a calendar where they write down which city they visited each day—I keep a calendar where I sketch an image of what I did each day.
The calendar started out as a quick way to remember what I’d done when I fall behind on my written journal. By cross-referencing my expenses with the image on my calendar I could almost always remember exactly what my day entailed even if I was a month behind on my writing. The early sketches aren’t very interesting but the last six months begin to really develop into something worth following. In fact, it wasn’t until I entered Africa that anyone noticed my obsessive detailing of the trip. Some fellow travelers who caught on began anticipating my drawings and would sit around the hostel drinking cheap beer and guessing what I would draw. At times the pressure was so great that I would field complaints if I didn’t complete the day’s drawing by dinner. Granted, we all have to make our own entertainment on the road when we’re stuck in the middle of nowhere.
Sure, they’re small and rough but I thought some of you would want to see my sketches while others might draw inspiration and take up your own calendar-making when you leave on your trips. My favorite is May 18th, where I am depicted wading through a flooded road in Western Madagascar. Continue on to scroll through all 400+ days.