I have spent the last month or so in a small town in northern Colombia living with a family who speak no English. As such, my level of Spanish improved drastically and I would put my current level as: ‘pretty decent’
Travelling has taken a strange turn in that I feel I have accomplished everything I wanted, and more, so I don’t really know what to do.
Starting out I wanted to learn about Eco farming and building, and learn languages. I’m pretty sure that was my goal… I now know about various farming methods, from the most basic all the way through to the technicalities of aquaponics. I have learned to build with wood, stone, clay and bamboo. I have read about all sorts of views on religions which has even ruled out Buddhism for myself. I have learned two languages up to level ‘decent’ and have seen pyramids and ancient monuments around the world. I can walk in to a shop without buying something. I think slower, talk slower, eat slower. I can sew the holes in my clothes. I look after my body as well as my mind. I am happy with who I am. I have discovered a passion for reading (thanks to mum buying me a kindle).
I know exactly what I want to do with my life and so travelling has become less and less useful. I cannot find volunteer projects I am passionate about so I am making my way back to Brazil, by bus, from Colombia, through Bolivia. Check the map for the monstrousness of that journey. Baring in mind it will mostly be mountain roads.
A couple of months ago after reading a bit in to Buddhism I decided my final six months of travelling would be in India. I’d go on a six month tour of yoga/meditation retreats and go full hippy, and float back on a magic carpet wearing nothing but a nappy and a turban. But having read a book that swiftly destroyed Buddhism as yet another religion designed to keep people poor I found it impossible to continue following it.
So now I’m a bit stuck. My dream is to live off a piece of land using everything I have learned. My dream is never to have to work a job again. As the two do not go hand in hand i have no other option but to make my last 5Gs last as long as possible. Flitting around the world trying to find quiet places to read and enjoy life
I really liked my time in Colombia so here are some photos to avoid writing about it