I thought about sharing some of the lessons learned from our travels. One direction on this path involves what we carry. This is a theme I have touched on before. It is interesting to me to experience how the artifacts both physical and electronic define the modern self and its relationship to its environment. No tips and tricks here except to keep experimenting and be observant.
Our rain jackets are essential for any trip. Beyond keeping dry and warm, they offer freedom to explore even during bad weather. This has led us to many interesting discoveries and appreciations of the neighborhoods we visit.
My simple jacket folds itself neatly into a zippered pouch which I store in an outside compartment of my bag for easy access (see below). Sometimes, it stays stowed for a month. Here I remember Malta, Kuala Lumpur and Cape Town. At the other extreme, I wore it every day in Vancouver.
My photos provide more of a documentary experience than an artistic one. Over the past seventeen years, this raincoat became a central theme of my travels and showed up in way too many photos.