I lived most of my life in Chapel Hill until I was 40. From my childhood through late adolescence my social life was exceptionally fluid as new friends came and went almost on a yearly basis. I seemed to always be changing and found it hard to remain compatible with anyone for very long. I had many good friends, but not a best friend by the conventional definition of someone who I felt secure sharing my deepest thoughts with, was non-judgmental, and would always be there to lift my spirits if needed. From an early age I thought of life as an adventure and I have been fortunate to share that journey in a literal sense with more than two dozen Chapel Hill friends. This article details trips and lessons I learned on them with seven of my favorite male travel companions. In a future article I will do the same for journeys with some of my most cherished Chapel Hill girlfriends.
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What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.