A Sort of Homecoming
Trip Start Sep 16, 2002
19Trip End May 31, 2004
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"Take only memories. Leave nothing but footprints." - Chief Seattle
When I returned to the old world it felt strange. The journey homeward came without warning. It was as if some invisible hand was gently coaxing me back to the beginning for some inexplicable reason. It just happened. Something in the universe had shifted
and one morning I woke up and felt the change. It was time to go home. And so I did a few weeks of sight-seeing and then flew out of Lima.... leaving the wild continent for the "civilized" world
After spending 2 months in Canada I finally decided to make my way back to the beginning. And now when I look back, travelling through Central and South America was like a re-awakening of the senses. A sometimes chaotic and noisy world. Music blaringly loud so you feel it and streets so busy you forget where you were going or what you were doing. Of pink cloud sunsets and radioactive moon (in the south anyway). Where lakes are blue, green and red. And deserts give way to seas and mineral coloured rocks ascend into yellow plains thousands of feet above sea level and then higher still into jagged mountains. It is a land of extremes and I believe that God had decided to enter the world of surrealism when he created South America
As I sit here now I find it difficult to put into words my feelings on returning. Everything is the same and yet it is not. Travelling has opened up my eyes and allowed me to venture out of one world and into another. Into a world where there are less distractions and mortality doesn't seem so abstract
Hasta la proxima vez .....
While travelling Al sent me this which I thought was very apt while I was travelling (and living). Goethe once said:
"Until there is commitment, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiation (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: That the moment one definitely commits oneself then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues forth from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now."