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1. Posted by Odysseas (Full Member 1359 posts) 7y

I'm back, for those who might have known me, and those who would still care eventhough I've been away for years. I've missed it here, and my life has been so f***ing hectic these past years, but I think I'm on a new start, though everything is still unsure.

I have a bunch of messages, I think its way too late for most of them, but I'll see what I can do about it.

And, damn! It's good to be back!

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

FRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Welcome back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You know it's not nice to fall of the map like that... It tends to make certain Moms very nervous... So, in 5 words or less tell us what's been happening!

As if you couldn't tell, we've missed you!! And, how's Suraj???? Give him a big hug for me!! ;)

3. Posted by Odysseas (Full Member 1359 posts) 7y

Jesus Christ! Mom, are you really over 12000 posts?

Five words would definitely be a bit short... But to get that resumed, I ended my trip, walking across the chinese desert that really tried to take me down, I went to Pakistan get thrown rocks at, and finally reached India.

Then some friends came to join and help me, I came back to France, by plane and without Suraj because of new french laws it took me six months to deal with. I had to face my past and how things had changed during my four years trip. Then having jobs and struggling to find a place in this world for a non-sense lad like me. Which I'm still on.

As a good news, I've made a book of my adventures, by puting together all the letters I wrote to my family while travelling (talking about what, I still have four or five postcards written for you in Nepal that I never sent), into a 180 pages book, which I have very recently submitted to five editors, whose answers will decide in a big part of my next-future life.

I gave this hug to Suraj and he just got crazy. I hope you two can meet some day. Can't believe the boy is almost 8 years old now. I'm sorry if I made you nervous. I'm a bad son, I know that. But a loving one, that's for sure. ;)

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Fred!!!!!! Where have you been??? Haven't heard much from you since Marseilles. What's new? How's life? You back 'round for awhile...?

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Great to see you posting again Fred! Sounds like you had an amazing trip indeed! You'd better be sticking around now though or else Isa might get very very upset :)

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

See what happens when you stay away so long?! While you were off enjoy your adventure, I was racking up posts. You have to remember - this is not a hiking crowd (meaning Dad and me) so I travel vicariously (meaning armchair traveler) and wait for sons like you to report back in from time to time. ;)

Best wishes on getting the book published!!!! It will definitely make for an interesting read. Make sure there's an English version because I don't speak French. (And no, I'm not going to take a French as a second language course just to read it.) Has Lo read it yet? I'm sure she will be proud of you! (Has she gotten published yet or is she still "fine tuning" everything? Haven't spoken to her in ages either. :( )

Gotta love Suraj - that dog and I have been through a lot! Oh, I meant that dog and YOU have been through a lot. See vicarious dog ownership too.

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting Sam I Am

You'd better be sticking around now though or else Isa might get very very upset :)

Damn straight!!

8. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 7y

Hey Son.......welcome back to a separate reality!!! You know, it's not healthy to lock yourself in a room and write for 6 months. Among other things, you eventually have to use the bathroom.......

It won't take long to get up to speed on TP. Just start reading back about 40 pages in each and every Forum, and before you know it.......

9. Posted by Odysseas (Full Member 1359 posts) 7y

You guys just warm my heart up. Thanks for that.
T, I do think I'm around for a while, and I hope you know you're among those I missed. Mon petit canard ;)

Yeah dad, I'll surely do that, but then again, what about going to the bathroom for the next wo months? /me thinking about taking the laptop on my knees.

You're sooo right, Big Sam, and nobody wants her that way, right? She might get really rude and all that, calling people by funny names, like mother ******* *** ** * ***** .... Anyway I'll stick around, I love it here.

My real-life mom has read my book for sure, Mom, since she had read the letters far before I decided to make a book out of them, when I was on the road. I guess she's a bit proud of me, I know at least she's been moved. The title of the book is what I used to say at the end of ervy letter: "I Love you, Fred". She's not being published yet, this is some difficulty. I don' know about the states, but in France they recieve like 500 books a month, and publish five, so, you imagine how much chance you get....