Bust out your inner hippie!
Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
36Trip End Nov 09, 2010
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Where I stayed
Hostel International Uspallata
As I sit in this fantastic, peaceful beautiful hostel surrounded by mountains, near a flowing river stream 6 km from the sleepy town of Uspallata, I let my mind wander to what it meant to be a hippie. I asked a couple of the young American volunteers (age ranges from 23 to 26) on the farm if they considered themselves hippies, and they said yes. Then one of my older friends from Corporate America commented that he had an "inner hippie". So I started wondering what these people had in common, and if, in fact, I have an "inner hippie" too, that has been trapped in a yuppie all these years…
So I went to dictionary.com and looked it up--The first definition that came up was:
a person, esp
I guess a modern day hippie would still have the same value system - seeking “spontaneity, direct personal relations expressing love and expanded consciousness” (although I suppose this might be code to actual hippies for “lots of sex and drugs”), but I choose to take it at face value. In my 20’s I was incredibly spontaneous, would decide to do something and just do it--somehow it always turned out okay. I saw this wonderful quality in the farm volunteers--living an extremely happy life working on farms, staying with jobs that made them happy and no worries about getting the next job, where they were going to live, etc. Do all people in their 20’s have this quality for awhile and lose it to “time to get a career now!!” or are there truly some people born to be hippies that either stay on that path or get turned by the dreams of being “rich and successful?” I’m not sure what the answer is, but I would like to think that we all have an inner hippie that would allow us to be happy with less, carefree, non-judgmental and open to new experiences and conversations
As for our next move, we've decided not to head over to Santiago and Valpariso (as there is a State Department travel alert for Americans), and instead bought bus tickets for a 17 hour journey north to Salta, Argentina. We are sad to leave the Hostel at Uspallata, as it is a favorite so far--again the sense of community is strong--the owner is incredibly hospitable, we have dinners each night with whoever is at the hostel, sharing travel stories, wine, and the occasional mate. I love hearing everyone's story--we continue to meet people in transition, starting new businesses, trying to find themselves--lots of kindred spirits!!