Monday, November 14

Around the world in 72 days

My hero.

On Nov. 14, 1889 pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) began a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days.

She only took with her the dress she was wearing, an overcoat, several changes of unmentionables, and a small bag carrying her toiletries. She carried most of her money in a chamois bag tied around her neck.

While on her trip she met Jules Verne, author of Around the World in Eighty Days which was first published in 1873.

(When Verne asked Bly why she wasn't going to Bombay, India as Phileas Fogg had, she said, "Because I am anxious to save time, not a young widow.") 

Bly completed the trip in 72 days.

I'll bet she asked for directions.

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