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Years after…

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… I see this blog and I think of things changed, of things uchanged and things to come. It was definetely one of the best things I have done in my life and in retrospect it has shaped me to be the man I am today. Will there be more?

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March 17, 2017 at 1:09 PM

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Going back to what you have chosen to be your normal life (in some other life)

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So I am back to Spain now.

I feel comfortably numb about it.

But I guess a break from the streak is always good.

I have to take it easy and see what’s the next step.

I will let you know how it goes.

For now, jet-lag be my witness, I just want to rest and worry later about the rest.

Thanks for following me. I’ll be back to you soon 😉

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November 4, 2009 at 12:34 AM

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New fellow traveller added…

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… I was so between doing it or not the last months. I researched the market in Bangkok, Borneo, Singapore, Australia and Indonesia but it seemed that it was never the right time to make the buy. Until now. Since July 16th I will be travelling with a new companion, the Lenovo S10-2 Ideapad!

Lenovo Ideapad S10-2

Lenovo Ideapad S10-2

Believe you me it was not an easy decision. To start with I was to add 1.2 kilograms in my backpack; something being on the contrary to my trying to travel light. But then I thought I will soon have to do without my Lonely Planet guide – to be honest I had enough of it – so that will make up for it likely.

Now I promise to write up on the blog more, upload those photos faster and well… erm… keep in touch more? We’ll see 😉

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July 19, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Books read so far… (11)

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Jack Kerouac’s “Dharma Bums” was to come… and it did come… and I will probably read it many more times too.

Beat Generation’s greatest gives an insight to what happened after the years of “On The Road”; his most famous book. In the character list of protagonists many of his famous friends are included; Gary Snyder, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky (between others). What a cast and what a story…

The Dharma Bums Deluxe Edition

The Dharma Bums Deluxe Edition

It is one of those books that once you read it, you are not the same person. Or better said, once you read it, your mind runs faster than you could ever do. And mine did. It made me think of my next journey and of the way of travelling. It made me think of travelling lighter (even lighter), spending less and concentrating on one place at a time – instead of being on many places for less time. The story does not matter I think. What matters is that the “backpack revolution” Kerouac is talking about is but to be saved. Can we travellers change the world? Can we change ourselves for this matter?

When the book was out, the critics did not like it at all – even if Kerouac was getting fame at the time. His way of writing is what i loved. Not structured and with harsh traditions it is a bit like the way I write – when I do – in my notepad. Who cares about form when you can transfer the message? All in all it is a great book but for dreamers it can be seriously addictive I found. I shall not read another Kerouac book as long as I am travelling – I might stay on the road for ever….

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July 18, 2009 at 4:41 AM

Books read so far… (10)

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What a pleasing read! I always knew about the book and I was happy that I had the chance to read it. It was written in 1922 and only published in the USA in 1951 – I wonder why…

The book cover

The book cover

The book handles the story of the founder of Buddhism beautifully and as everything coming from Buddhist philosophy not once I felt I was reading something with relation to religion. Hesse tackles problems every thinking man will some time find himself wondering about. Spiritual beings; is man one of them?And if he is how does he reach his personal heaven? Does he have to be? I like the conclusion that everything is in the mind. The world is the mind and your world therefore is your mind. Good VS bad acts were always – so far – dictated by religions. Guiltiness was their judge but Hesse and the philosophic background on where he moves suggests something else.

Things are really simple. The way to simplicity though is not. Coming back to the book as such; it can be read many times. Its tight coherence makes it perfect for writing basis. Writing of your thoughts and the beginning of endless existential conversations. Read it but be sure to have a friend and a beer beside when you finish it. You will make the most out of both for sure!

Take it easy ’till the next time!

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July 2, 2009 at 3:07 PM

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Somewhere between the islands of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan I finished Frank Herbert’s “The Santaroga Barrier”. Many people know the author of “Dune” – a great book filmed into a movie by David Lynch. I had no idea he had written so many other books.

The Santaroga Barrier by Frank Herbert

The Santaroga Barrier by Frank Herbert

I really liked the book – everything but its ending. It does not follow standard science fiction conventions and at times it reminded when I was younger; devouring Stephen King’s novels withouth second thoughts. And it could so be a Stephen King’s novel I reckon. First thing it came into my mind half way through the book was how different was from Dune’s world and story. I guess it shows the author’s multiple talents but it is not what you expect from Frank Herbert after having read “Dune”. The similarities are there nonetheless though. “He who controls spice, controls the present and therefore the future” becomes in this book “He who controls Jaspers…”. Jaspers is a substance that gives the habitants of Santaroga some strange powers and resistance to the “exterior” world. Are they the rebels of their time or just some strange close-minded village people.

Read it and find out 😉

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June 16, 2009 at 2:06 PM

H1N1 swine flu tracker

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The other day I was told about this website FluTracker developed by Dr. Henry Niman.

H1N1 portrait

H1N1 diagram

Now, personally I will not change my life or my travels because of the virus. Some years ago it was something too, some years in the future there will be something else. It is bound to happen. You only have to see what we are doing to ourselves and the planet… In any case I thought I’d share it with you and maybe it will relax some people. The website is good in that when you zoom in a country you can browse each confirmed case independently; a link is given to the page that writes about it. Give it a try but try not to stay in just because of it 😉

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June 10, 2009 at 2:24 AM

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