We stay on the move, for stillness brings death and slowness brings fear

I have been in Athens for… three weeks, I believe. The original plan was to be a week or a wee bit longer, but due to obvious reasons I have had to wait. Luckily my couchsurfing hosts are lovely people with more or less minds on the same frequency as myself. There is no awkwardness when there isn’t much to talk about, and we all can do our own thing without thinking we’re ignoring each other or simply being rude.. for an introvert such as myself, it’s really nice to be around people like this. I’ve never liked talking or being talked to because it’s “the right thing to do.”

With such a large amount of time spent in one place, and walking for hours everyday getting a bit too redundant, my mind is having a lot more time to think and think and think some more. Although much of the time is reflecting on where I have been, who I have met, the feelings and the smells – all of that – I still relapse into some of the pessimism I reveled in as a teenager. The smells of the city, the unsmiling, lost, or simply miserable looking faces that drift throughout the crowds I navigate through is such a change from all the small towns and the nature that has surrounded me for the past five months spent in Greece.

I see so many phones brightening the faces of young people as they all sit together in the cafes and bars at night, and wonder at the world I have been very distant from for so long now. Bars are an oddity for me, having stepped in only one for maybe 8 or more months now, and it was a culture shock. Loud music drowning out all but the loudest conversations, with those few conversations being of the most shallow and skin-deep kind. Yikes.

Now I don’t want to sound over negative about everything. I realize and agree that everyone lives their own lives, and they’re entitled to it, but I feel more of a sadness than a resentment towards these people. By the way they talk, their faces, their mannerisms, it seems they are missing out on the outside world and things not based on temporary gratification. people live in their little boxes, and spend much of their free time in other more crowded boxes, to eventually return to the home box and work to keep that box and their boxey sorta life. ANYWAYS.

This time spent in such a large city has also made me appreciate what I am doing, to a greater extent than before. i think back to all the beaches, mountains, rivers, and forests i have spent time in, where the only sounds are of the surrounding nature and random conversations with my departed travel friends. At the time I thought of how nice it would be to have hot showers, internet, a full kitchen, etc. Not all the time, but usually during heavy rains, those colder nights, and so on. now that I have a place  to stay with all these things, my mind feels less at ease really. I suppose it could be that part of all of us that, once we get the things we desire, we want the next thing, or just something else. Of course it’s good to realize these things and feel more humble in my opinions.

My passport SHOULD be arriving next week, and the plan is still off to Crete, and East towards Turkey. The next couple of months will be relatively cool, so says everyone, but I should be able to avoid the freezing temperatures. So head comes a departure from Europe, and the easiness of crossing borders ceases. The politics of the regions I move toward i find interesting, coming from such a quiet country devoid of such things. I hope to learn a lot in the coming months, and get more than what I read from online sources.

A year and a half away from home, and on the edge of the next big change – leaving Europe!


About OutsideYourWorld

I'm a Canadian from Vancouver, BC. In the winter of 2011 I quit my job and sold as much as I could to travel. I began in the summer of 2012, in Glasgow, Scotland. I have travelled since then, and don't plan on returning home for a while yet. I travel to experience different cultures, languages, landscapes, and to further my knowledge of... myself. Travel is what makes me happiest, so on I go.
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2 Responses to We stay on the move, for stillness brings death and slowness brings fear

  1. hellos! i read one of your posts then i got sucked in and read another and another hahahahhhah! anyway i am in the process of doing a big hitchhike travel explosion thing like this myself in Europe and i want to travel and pretty much do what you are doing. but i am at the beginning stage and trying to learn a bunch and prepare before i go… i was just wondering what you do for money and food.. like is there ever any points where you dont have any money for food or not have anything in your bag to snack on? thank you so much! your webiste is really inspiring me to get out and explore this huge world even more!!!!!

    • Thank you so much for the kind words. I figure if I can help inspire one person then this page is a success 🙂

      The research before you go can seem overwhelming, and to be honest mist things you just have to learn on the way. Make mistakes, get lost, but use it all as learning experiences…. This is how I do it. Haha.

      I’ve always had money to fall back on. Originally I saved up while in the army, then on my big two year trip I did a lot of volunteering for room and board which really cut costs (through workaway)… By the end I was pretty poor, but worked half a year back in Canada in the forests which paid well and I saved a fair bit.

      If I have to, I’ll dumpster dive, but I usually make sure to have a couple days worth of food in my bag in case I get stuck somewhere. Although having water is of course more important. There are almost always very cheap ways to eat wherever you go. Just gotta find out how the poorer folk get by.

      Honestly, as long as you don’t drink or smoke much, hitchhike, wild camp… It’s easy to save.

      I’d start in eastern Europe if I were you. It’s beautiful, people are cool, cheap, and easy to hitchhike.

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