Exploring Experience – Part 3 [Extract]

The pathfinder is standing in front of the open gates to the city. The walls are thick and high and cannot be scaled. It makes him wonder why there are no guards. Such defences, yet the doors are wide open.  A signpost just inside of the entrance reads: “Please Disarm”. Well, I hardly have any armour left anyway”, he thinks to himself and passes through the long gateway. Once through, he finds himself in a circular lane, bending slightly inwards, […]

Exploring Experience – Part 2 [Extract]

[Extract] The traveler is traveling against the stream of figures approaching through the thick fog. No one is acknowledging him. It is as if he doesn’t exist. “They must be focusing on the destination”, he thinks to himself. The ground below him is slippery, but he tries his best to step on solid stones and rocks to get some traction. He cannot see any landmarks.  This must be a type of flatland area, but which direction is he going? .. […]

Exploring Experience – Part 1 [Extract]

[Extract] The well travelled traveller has made a decision to explore more. To explore experience down the road never travelled before. Going down a new road is what he’s going to do and unexplored territory is what he’s going to go through. He has a feeling that this road could be dark, but he understands that all roads have dark and light. He knows how dark can sometimes be experienced as light and light as dark, depending on how many […]

Obtaining Clarity

From a bleak Pskov city we were transported by bus into the rural Russian countryside. On the way, we were asked not to consume liquids as it may be detrimental to the activity we were soon to engage in. Miles of winding forest roads decorated with occasional rustic homes finally led us to our isolated destination. Temperatures were submerged and a small frozen lake could be glimpsed through the trees. On entering the log cabin building we were given clear […]

Let me tell you an Irish story

DUBLIN I arrived on a shoestring and found this little youth hostel on top of Doran’s Pub in Marlborough Street. It was downtown North Side, the area was seedy, but the place was affordable and reasonably clean. I ended up in a dorm room with 13 other blokes, with complimentary smelly socks and deep thunderous snoring at night. The lifestyles of the lads were work hard and play hard, building construction by day and 101 pints by night. During the […]

A Man and His Bicycle

It’s a wind-blown Saturday afternoon in Belfast in the north of Ireland. A new restaurant called Ratz, with an international theme has opened on Bradbury Place. The display menu boasts a wide variety of exotic dishes from around the globe. The exterior has an attractive sand-blown, glass fascia with a world map etched large onto it. Above the door a sign reads in bold italics: “Intercontinental Brasserie.“ I’m peering through the gap between Africa and Asia to have a look […]

Krzystoff and Bogdan

I’m standing on the access road to a German motorway, close to the Polish border. I crossed over about an hour ago by train and a fellow passenger offered to drop me off. It’s absolutely freezing and I reflect on how I’ve misjudged the sting of an early October, Central European winter. Cars are speeding past me and I vaguely recall being told by someone that in Germany hitch-hikers don’t often get lifts. I also realise that I won’t be […]