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Good Morning, Brooklyn!

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Me, my nose, and Greta

Here is my first thought after stepping off the Queen Mary 2 and reuniting, after two long and lonely months, with my family: It is amazing how much weight the human female can gain in a mere 60 days. Especially so if the female in your arms was 5 months old the last time your saw her, and has since aged to the ripe old mark of seven months. Back in Hong Kong, when I bid Greta and her mummy a tearful goodbye, she weighed 14 pounds; she now tips the scales at 18. In the interim, she has mastered several impressive new skills: She can sit on the floor without toppling randomly over; she can stick her tongue out, and at three a.m. she is able to make a compelling and rhetorically sound argument--without uttering a single intelligible phoneme--that a crib is a cruel and unusual place for a baby and that where she truly belongs is in bed between mummy and daddy.

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About the journey, STUNTS

Slideshow: Around the World in 80 Days (and 32 Pictures)

Editor's Note:  No time to read the entire blog?  Click here for a slideshow of blogger Mark Schatzker's 80 day trip around the world—a journey that involved everything from mud-bathing in Napa to hiking the Great Wall and dancing to bawdy Italian folk songs.  What a gig!

About the journey, STUNTS

Don't Touch That Dial!

Editor's Note: Mark's 80-day journey may be coming to an end, but the blog must go on. In the days following Mark's return home, he'll be blogging about his gear, answering readers' questions, and readjusting to normal life (or not, as the case may be). And for those of you who've become addicted to his travel writing, fear not, because Mark will be setting off once again (as soon as his wife lets him, that is--he owes her roughly 482 diaper changes). In PROJECT GUINEA PIG, Mark (and the occasional guest writer) will be put to various travel tests--and will write about it every step of the way. He'll be looking for your help in planning these trips, and he'll appreciate your company when he's on the road.

About the journey, STUNTS

Contest: Guess Mark's Location and Win

Editor's Note:  When Mark started his 80 day journey back in early March, the first question many of you had was "where is he going next?"  Mark never did reveal much about his itinerary during those early days.  In fact, he still keeps that information close.  There are a number of very, very important reasons for his secretiveness, but don't fret, readers, as all will be divulged in the September issue of Conde Nast Traveler.

But one thing we can tell you.  We're having a contest based on Mark's final, final international stop before completing his around the world journey.  One lucky winner will win a trip for two to Palm Springs.  Click here for details.

About the journey, STUNTS

How Much This Trip Will Cost

Some of you have asked about how much this whole thing is costing Conde Nast Traveler.

As much as I'd like to tell you, the first in line to receive that weighty bit of news is my editor. And I was hoping to soften him up with two or three--or twelve--gin and tonics before dropping the figure on him. Im also considering converting it into a stronger currency to make the final tally seem less big. Is anything trading higher than the pound these days?

About the journey, STUNTS, United States

Day 1: My 80 day journey has begun

Red Hook, Brooklyn

This extremely beautiful stretch of asphalt is the pier at Red Hook, Brooklyn. Actually, it's the parking lot. I tried to get to the pier, but the security guard would hear nothing of it, for reasons that remain unclear. If all goes according to plan, I will be stepping onto said pier exactly 80 days from now. Soon after that, I will reach the parking lot. But I have many miles to go before any of that happens.

Today I start the first leg of my journey around the world. My objective: Los Angeles. I must be there by Sunday, when I am scheduled to voyage across the planet's largest ocean on a big, beautiful ship. All that lies between myself and the pier at Long Beach is 2500 miles, the Rocky Mountains, and a whole lot of highway. If it snows, I got problems.

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About the journey, Gear, STUNTS

What a Long Strange Trip it's Going to Be

Packing up for my 80 Days or Bust journey
Hopefully I won't have to dip into the Imodium too much

I am less than a week away from leaving on a trip around the world, and no matter how hard I try, I cannot keep the following vision from running through my head: I am in outer Mongolia being pursued by a pack of wild dogs, all of whom are frothing at the mouth. As I scramble across the uneven frozen terrain, the pack gains on me. It's raining and the grey light of day is getting weak.

Two months ago, I visited a travel clinic so that I could be inoculated against some of the diseases that still rage across various parts of the globe like scarlet fever, polio, pertussis (something I'd never heard of, but involves a lot of coughing), hepatitis, the measles, what have you. I received seven shots, and I am just now able to lift each arm above the shoulder again. But there was one shot I did not get, because it cost $500: rabies. The doctor asked me about my route, and eventually narrowed his inquiry to this: Will you be hiking in rural Asia? I said that I would. He went on to inform me that there are a lot of stray dogs in Asia, and that rabies is a much bigger problem there than it is here. Then he told me the price. "Do you know anyone who'd ever gotten rabies in Asia?" I asked. He said no, so I politely declined the shot. I was on my way back to the car, not more than 30 feet from the clinic, when the wild-dogs-in-Mongolia visions began.

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