Currently i’m writing this in between a small village and the jungle. To my left, the small little village with little children running around asking me if i have any “Pen? Notebook? Chocolate?”. On my right, the jungle, with the buzzing secedes, a few monkeys, and some wild chickens. We just arrived here 2 days ago coming from alleppey, where we went canoeing the backwater swamps and drank some rancid coconut beer (just don’t do it).
It’s been 3 months now, which means i’m half way through my trip, and what an amazing experience it continues to be!!
Here are a few amazing things i’ve seen or done in the past 2 months that I won’t forget
- Swimming in the ocean under the stars at kudle beach
- Getting bit by leeches while trekking in kumily
- The AWESOME silent parties in goa (playing music is illegal after 10pm in goa, so they give out wireless headphones playing the same tunes)
- Renting a scooter in goa and riding it around to different beaches
- Being silent for 10 days during a meditation course.
- trekking through munnar tea valleys through pouring rain and lightning storms
- hearing the sounds of the jungle. There’s birds that sing complex melodies that sound impossible for a bird to create
So much has happened it’s hard to write about all of it. I’ve realized that I really love traveling. Meeting people all over the world is so great. I love having no plans whatsoever and just trusting that things will work out. My biggest fear before I left was that I wouldn’t meet anybody along the way. But it’s been the exact opposite, and slowly but surely i’ve learned this art of traveling alone. It’s amazing how one decision can change the course of your journey, the people you meet, the things you experience. It’s like this… One day I was completely alone with no plans and in a new city. I came across someone who looked lost and helped them. Because of that interaction, the next month of travel was with tons of awesome people from around the world and experiences that i’ll never forget. If I left a few minutes later that day, I would not know these people. If my bus wasn’t late - my experience would be vastly different.
What i’ve learned is that bad things can turn out to be good, and good things may turn out to be bad.
YES… You can’t connect the dots looking forward. #stevejobssaiditfirst
There’s so much more I can say but i’ll leave it till next time.
So far here are some things I learned…
In New Delhi I learned how to survive
In Rishikesh I learned how to relax
In Punjab I learned how to eat
In Goa I learned how to party
In Kerela I learned how to smile
The art of traveling alone, based on my experience is thus..
- Push your comfort zone.
- Trust that things will all come together.
- Not planning while traveling is the ultimate plan.
- Being alone makes you want to be with people, being with people makes you appreciate some time alone.
I’m finishing this post from my new place in kodaikanal. i’m literally on the edge of a mountain in the clouds. About to head out to dinner with my new friends from russia and france!!
Goodnight and Good luck… With North Korea that is :)