Tonight I started working on my NCAA bracket pool for 2009, a 19-year ritual for me that I enjoy immensely, despite the sheer amount of time it takes to organize.

This lead me to a remembrance of my friend, Spero Peratino, who passed away a short time ago. I didn’t expect the flood of emotions that followed.

It makes me want to live every moment to the fullest, and enjoy time with family and friends.

I’m off to the ACC tournament with my best friend, David, this week. My hope is that we’ll be there for 4 days, culminating in watching Duke win the ACC tournament. But no matter the outcome, it’ll be a great experience with family.

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My goal in life is to fill my family’s passports with stamps, creating buckets of memories along the way. You’ll find me writing about realistic ways for normal people to travel the world, whether you’re on a budget or enjoy luxury. I also enjoy taking us on the occasional detour to explore the inner workings of the travel industry.

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