Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Where the Hell is TimTim?

I'll tell you where! Everywhere. To quote those intrepid lyrics of beloved crooner Johnny Cash:

I've been everywhere, man.
I've been everywhere, man.
Crossed the desert's bare, man.
I've breathed the mountain air, man.
Of travel I've had my share, man.
I've been everywhere.
I've been to Sydney, Angkor Wat, Ratanakiri, and Bangkok. Port Douglas, Luang Prabang, the Daintree and the Mekong. Phnom Penh, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns and Siem Reap. And that's just the last four weeks. (I'd love to hear Kanye West have a go at those lyrics!).

Needless to say, I am playing a little catch up. But Oh! I have I got places to take you and people to show you from my recent travels in Australia, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.

By the weekend I hope to be blogging at the speed of sound and promise to be short on words and long on pictures with a little something every day. I have so much to show you of this magnificent world! But first immediate attention must be given to four-legged friends and expense reports and mail and precious nephews. But I'll be right back to relive the last month.

Now, listen, in the interim there is someone I want you to meet and I need your attention for the next four and half minutes. So minimize your Facebook screens and look this way and meet Matt. Dancing Matt, in the video below.

Matt's claim to fame is that he dances badly and he dances badly all around the world. In early travels he initially had someone video tape him doing a sort of "white-man-can't-dance" dance at every new destination. He posted the videos for the folks back home. They went viral. People from all over the world began to email Matt asking if they could join him in the dance when he came to their parts of the world. A sponsor got involved and the rest is history in the form of this "Where the Hell is Matt" video below.

You can read all the Pulitzer Prize-winning travel-based literature out there - but nothing, nothing conveys the joy of travel and discovering new geographies and meeting people from faraway places like this video. The first time I saw it last fall I weeped with joy like a big ole baby. There is something absolutely magical about this video and its been burning up the blogosphere for sometime now. Dance is an innate, natural response to joy that everyone around the world shares - and this seemingly silly little video captures the rare beauty of our common humanity so perfectly.

I've been waiting for an appropriate time to share it with you (if you haven't already seen it). I have just returned for some of the most intriguing places full of breathtakingly beautiful, graceful, joyful people and it really does make me want to dance. So I guess now is the time.

So here's Dancing Matt, who until I get rested and organized, will show you the absolute joy of travel in nothing more than a bit of bad dancing shared 'round the world. If nothing else, the music is fantastic. Stay with the video as the momentum slowly builds. See if you can't find yourself reflected in the faces of some of these people from all around the world. Make sure to click "watch in HD" button on the panel.

14 months in the making, 42 countries, and a cast of thousands.
Where the Hell is Matt?

TimTim promises to be right back....
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