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  • Tyler Reed Shields

Eastward Bound

Kotor, Montenegro

Hello family and friends! Welcome to my "blog". I never thought I would start one of these but here I am, always in need of a new creative outlet! I want to use my blog as a partly creative outlet and partly informative online journal for my upcoming adventure and onward.

Speaking of upcoming adventure, tomorrow (26 April 2018) I fly out of Chicago to Barcelona, Spain where I will embark on a seven month journey/performance contract with Azamara Club Cruises! This contract will take me along the southern European coast, eventually traveling through the Suez Canal and the Middle-East, and finally through the Asian Isles, flying out of Singapore.

I accepted this gig in February and it took me all of about...until three days ago to realize


It's the first time I'm hopping off this continent, and I'm circling the globe. Woah! I'm still not entirely sure this is real life. Two days from now I'm waking up in another world, and I won't be back until December. That's a long time to be gone, for me.

Fear of the unknown can be dehumanizing, but if manipulated correctly it can be invigorating. I've held onto more than an average American serving size of nervous energy, facing the fact that I'm leaving everyone I love and everything I know behind to seize this opportunity but,

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it, I want to have lived the width of it as well. - Diane Ackerman

The only thing I'm taking with me is my eagerness for adventure and my ability to hit drums and make them sound good! THAT, I hold sacred. Oh and a camera and my toothbrush of course.

My intention is to post to this blog weekly throughout my excursion and onward after I arrive back in the States so look out!

I look forward to sharing my journey with my readers! Cheers and...I have to say it...

P.S. That picture at the top is a stock shot teaser of the port in Montenegro so take a peep at that if you want a taste of what I get to see.

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