“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” - Lao Tzu
Well that has held true for me this past year. Before I started on this journey I had clear plans:
- Learn to live in the moment,
- learn Spanish, and
- investigate functional traditional medicines around the world.
That being said, I also had plans to start with a few weeks in the Himalayas then embark on a spanish study and volunteer trip in Uruguay with a finale at the Mali Touareg Music Festival. For those that have followed my journey you know that plan changed drastically and it continues to evolve. I realized pretty quickly if I was open to new experiences it really was impossible to have concrete plans. In the end I spent 4 months in India, then found a new passion in diving, when I met up with cousins in the Philippines, and pursued my advanced certification while on a search for novel sharks in Malapascua. I’ve been to places I didn’t know existed and met so many tremendous people along the way, locals and fellow travelers and even a few that happen to live blocks from me in Seattle.
Today, one year and 2 weeks into my journey, I’ve landed in what could be home . . . lush, green, surrounded my mountains and intermittent downpours.
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
“We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience.” – Martin Buber
Where am I?
I’ve left the history, heat & humidity of Cartagena . . . along with memories of lovely aqua beaches and volcanic mud baths . . .
. . . and entered a land of fresh cut flowers, voluptuous statues and cooler days, I hope!
Where am I?
Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia