Mi sueño se hará realidad!
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It was at the end of last year when I had a dream and I awoke with a pain. It took me a while to understand what kind of pain it was but then I realised: It was the yearning for more travels. I was ready for a change, ready for a new adventure, for a new life.
So here I am now, just a few weeks away from starting my next big trip. I am ready, I am over-ready, enough of all this anxious waiting, this is it and there’s no way back!
It’s another attempt of self-discovery and discovery of the world. Another escape from the “real” life. Once again I’ve had enough of this confined life full of useless rules. All these alleged constraints and necessities and social compulsions.
Dreaming of your future travels is part of the whole journey. Travelling all starts with a dream, there is a vague idea somewhere in the back of your head, then the idea becomes a thought, the thought becomes a yearning and soon there is no way back but to put the yearning into practice. The time of planning begins, the time of calculating your money and realising that it will probably never be enough. You buy a guide book and the guide book soon becomes your bible. You study maps, think about itineraries, change them a hundred times, you calculate your budget again, again it’s still not enough, so you cut your itinerary again and again until you think it’s right for what your wallet can afford. You need to save money which is always a hard thing to do but with travels as a reason saving money is always worth it.
Then you think about what it will be like once you have arrived at your destination.
So South America it will be.
When you hear people talk about South America much of this talk is negative. Whatever news reaches Europe via newspapers or TV is full of war, blood and thunder, kidnappings, poverty, drugs etc. etc. And often when I told people that I’m going to South America they threw their hands up in horror: “Isn’t that dangerous?” --- “What??? You’re going all by yourself? Alone?” --- “But where are you going to stay?” --- “What are you going to eat?” --- “Do they have Internet there?” --- “But they are all so poor there!” --- “What if something happens?” --- “Did you think twice?”
Especially the fact that I’m going “alone” was surprising for many.
Surely it’s nice to have people around you who do worry about you, it would be quite sad if no one cared, but then why can’t they understand? Whenever someone asked me: “What will you be doing in South America? Study? Work?” I said: “No, I’m travelling.
Travelling is all about overcoming. About overcoming one’s weaker self. It’s about wanting it. But many people WANT it but then don’t do it. The bottom line is that it’s only a question of suiting the action to the word. It’s about daring to set off to a foreign world. It’s all about leaping over one’s own shadow and breaking the habits. It’s a test for oneself.
That said some people might say it’s brave to travel that far.
I crave a little risk, some danger, an untoward event, a vivid discomfort, an experience of my own company. Isn’t that what travel is all about? Isn’t that what makes it special? Isn’t our need for security a mixed blessing anyways? Surely everyone is thankful if one’s life isn’t threatened every ten minutes. But then again: How much do we miss out on when fear is constantly stopping us from moving a step forward? Therefore this faint hint of danger is part of travelling, it’s part of the experience. Travel is not a vacation, and it is often the opposite of rest.
“The journey is the reward.
Needless to say that I am looking forward to see Machu Picchu, Tierra del Fuego, Perito Moreno Glacier and all the major sights that I will (hopefully) get to see during my trip. However, I know that in the end it won’t be all those important sights that will make this journey so compelling. The bustling city, the stunning mountain, the perfect beach, the lonely road are only frames to your whole picture. All the touristic sights are simply extras or props in one’s own film. Starring as lead actors in one’s travel documentary are always the fellow travellers you meet on the road and the locals who introduce you to their country with overwhelming geniality.
So thank you for helping me with my preparations. Thank you for sharing all your travel experiences with me. And most of all, thank you for sharing the same travel addiction :)
América del Sur, estoy listo! Hasta pronto! Mi sueño se hará realidad!