What’s up, people? This is Fly Brother, better known socially as Ernest White II, part-time writer, full-time educator, and all-the-time traveler. I’m 30 years old, originally from Jacksonville, Florida, and currently teach English in Barranquilla, Colombia (Shakira’s hometown). Since my first foreign exchange trip in 1994, I’ve been to 19 countries on four continents. That may not seem like much to some of my better-financed contemporaries, but to many of my own people back home in Flawda, I’m like the new millennium Magellan, black-packing my way around the globe through climes and latitudes the homefolks only read about (“Where he off to nah?” they ask my mama). And while yes, I do want them to read about it (especially here on Fly Brother), I also want them to be about it—to pay the hunnit dollars, get a damn passport, and go somewhere besides Atlanta and Orlando. I’m trying to be informational and inspirational, encouraging folks to get out of their comfort zones and enjoy the entire range of human interaction offered on this planet. That might sound all esoteric and new-agey, but hell, this is the new age (with Obama and sheep cloning and what-not). Pull up.
“Free your mind…and your ass will follow.” -Funkadelic
My passport has been stamped in:
- The Bahamas
- Brazil (thrice)
- Cape Verde
- Cuba (thrice also*)
- the Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- France (twice)
- the United Kingdom
- Venezuela (thrice)
What stamps you got in yo passport? Holla.
(*Cuba doesn’t really stamp passports; they issue a stamped card on arrival that’s retrieved upon departure.)