Inca Trail Views (2/2)

The Classic Inca Trail Peru, South America Part 2 Things we learned on the Inca Trail: It is not a competition. It is not about fitness, but endurance. It is not so much about endurance of the body, but of the mind. The speed of your progress depends on how much luggage you are carrying, physically and mentally. At the end of the trail you are bound to have lost some baggage along the way. You will meet many different […]

Dublin Revisited

Just over a year ago I returned from Ireland. For me this is so recent that I could just as well still be there, but I’m not. I could just step out of my Irish Sea red brick sea-facing house (in which I rented a small apartment), jump on a bus and be in the city centre in about 12 minutes flat, traffic depending, but I can’t. I could just take a stroll up to the local Dart station and […]

Authentic Treedom

People are like trees. Depending on the forest, they are all similar, yet different. In very many forests the trees are so similar that the odd trees really stand out. These are the trees we are drawn to, to find shade under, or talk to, or confide in, or share our dreams and thoughts with. Often it’s just good to know that there are trees which can be trusted to be different. In most forests authentic growth is not permitted. […]

The Great Unforeseen

.. We cry about illusions   and we cry about reality until finally in the  epicentre of disparity we find the vast unseen – We expected a different scene, but what could it mean? –  It would seem that if not for the unseen we would not have been able to finally come to see the Unseen ..  Jean-Jacques Montagnier  © 2012. All Rights Reserved. Recent & Related Choose Conscience Authentic Treedom The Liminal Space The Circles and Spirals of […]

The Circles and Spirals of Life

It could be said that our life cycles include Circles and Spirals. Circles can become Spirals and Spirals can become Circles. There are two types of Circles: The ones we need to transcend: Circles which need to become Spirals. The ones we have already transcended: Spirals which have become Circles. The latter cause us no stress. They keep us grounded and give us balance and guidance. They form our foundations. The Circles we need to convert into Spirals can keep […]

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 […]

Time

Pechory Monastery, Pskov Region, Russia, 2006. We were told on arrival not to address the monks directly, not to stare at them or attempt to take photographs of them under any circumstances. Along with a few local pilgrims, our small group had already been waiting for over an hour for a local translator to arrive at the entrance to the caves. She had been booked  by our tour operator, but didn’t turn up and our own tour guide did not […]

Intermission

  You have to return eventually, To see everything differently. To see what you see differently. And how you see it differently. Due to having gone away. Old points of reference Faded through absence Return to conscience And highlights the essence Of what you have transcended Compared with if you had stayed This place is not the same But its from where you came Similar, but only in name Or is it rather who you became Will what you have […]

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 […]

Beyond Borders

We all have our own personal journey, yet I would like to propose that evolving is part of everyone’s path. Going beyond geographical borders is as easy as buying travel tickets, but not everybody is affected by the process in the same way. We don’t all travel for the same reasons and we are not all here for the same reasons. Or are we? Unlike other species, our self awareness, consciousness and a certain sense of being part of something […]

Safer than Houses

The long term traveller makes short term investments in short to medium term experiences. During the investment period, short term loss of income may occur, but the long term profits are immeasurable  and immense. Even the shortest experiences yield high returns of knowledge and continuously pay out  dividends in the form of memories. The traveller’s assets are of a non-tangible nature, deposited safely within his mind and soul. His or her assets of experience cannot be eroded, diminished, transferred or […]

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 […]

Travelosophy

Early in 2004 I was about to start my first blog. I had already been on the road for a few years and was trying come up with an appropriate title. It had to describe quite closely what travelling really meant to me. I knew that I was getting from it much more than just visiting places, seeing things or meeting people. At the time I was practising a “work your way around the world”-style of backpacking, which meant that […]