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May 24, 2007

And On the 80th Day He Slept

In_front_of_ship_80days Editor's Note:  The Queen Mary 2 slipped under the Verrazano bridge at five a.m. this morning depositing Mark in the same location from which he departed 80 days ago.  Awaiting him were his wife, Laura, and daughter, Greta, and a couple staffers from Conde Nast Traveler who came under the false impression that doing so would excuse them from going to the office.

For a man who has spent 80 days on the road writing blog posts, foraging for food, and pestering people with questions, he looked remarkably fresh.  We credit the algae wrap (and the handsome budget).

Initially Mark promised to send a post today highlighting his last night on the QM2, but we insisted that he reserve his writing for tomorrow.   An unlikely request, but we've been as blown away by the blog as anyone.  After time with the family and some shut-eye, Mark will be back online tomorrow (no doubt trying to find out if he can resurrect the budget for a visit to Peter Luger Steakhouse). 


The amazing think is that Mark ate his way around the world, but doesn't look an ounce bigger than when he left.

I just came back from a one-week cruise, and I now have the figure of a Volvo.

welcome back, mark. great blog. your writing skills are truly of a jedi master quality.

lol paul...too funny. I was thinking that about Mark myself. Lucky man you are Mark, to eat as you do and not gain an ounce! Fantastic blog. Welcome back to the good ole USA. Get some rest and enjoy your beautiful wife and daughter. I look forward to your update and to your new adventures.

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