norman - Nov 19, 2006
There's some satisfaction in the San Fransisco rain, but no matter what comes down the Mission always looks the same.
i met 'this guy' in egypt too and the 'ultimate traveller' is full of s**t. everyone shares there travel stories in backpacker hostels (sharing experiences is part of the fun in travelling) and thats all he does which is/was interesting and helpful to anyone with similar plans, and genrously sets up his laptop so everyone can watch south park!!
I met this guy in Egypt, he was the loud American handing out a business card that said "world traveller", I thought for a moment is the guy for real? Then in typical American fashion he began to talk AT everyone, attempting to prove his status as the ultimate traveller. As everyone kind of rolled their eyes back into their heads he went on about his un original scheme to go over land around the world. As far as getting to know the local culture, all I could see was him staying firmly planted in the heart of that western backpacker hostel every day and night bragging about his trips. I never actually saw him leave the place the whole time I was there.
Well... I suppose that you're welcome to your opinion. I thought about deleting this message, but decided to leave it.
I hope that at least my readers see the irony in someone who calls himself "The Ultimate Traveler" criticizing my boastfulness. And actually, some of the closest friends that I've made along the road have been people who's travels make mine look dull and overly cautious by comparison.
As for what I'm running from, I think that I've been pretty clear about that. I'm running from the corporate world and consumer culture in America. Living on a beach in Dahab and working 2 hours a day, beats the hell out of living in SF and working 12 hours a day.
Real nice meeting you....Hope you'll find some plesant ride to Georgia....
We hope that all is well with you. We saw your site a few months ago before we went travelling through Europe, and we just came back to see what you had been up to. Hope everything is ok and that you can continue with your adventure soon.
All is well with me. I've been living in Berlin and relaxing for the past few months.
But very soon, I should start new adventures and start writing (or video blogging) again.
As to your house and car, let me give you my thoughts through the words of Khalil Gibran. He says it much better than I would:
And tell me, people of Orphalese, what have you in these houses? And what is it you guard with fastened doors?
Or have you only comfort, and the lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters a house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master?
Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul, and then walks grinning in the funeral.
As to a family, well.... largely that seems to be a matter of finding a woman who is similarly interested in leading an adventurous, alternative, relatively possession free life. Kids are a more complex issue - there are big positives to giving them stability - but also big positives to giving them new experiences and showing them the world.
im terribly jealous. your living the life im trying to make for myself. its good to see its working out for some people though.
Come on Adam - we are all waiting from some action! Time to get back on the road?