2013 was a cool year!
It started with the sea and ended with it.
Thank you for being such nice readers and comment writers.
The last year was divided in two:
First the journey through S.E. Asia on and off the beaten tracks. Backpacking culture, Temples, Meditation, Parties, Massage, Jungle, Tourism, Buddhism, Water fights and Dragon boats.
And second the journey with “Infinity” over the Pacific Ocean from the Philippines to New Zealand.
Water, Water, Island, Corals, Water, Sharks, Turtles, Water, Storm, Rain, Sails, Fish, No internet, Meditation, Work, learning, Community, Culture, a journey back in time, Alienation and Discovery
It was a strange experience to arrive in Auckland after 2 weeks at sea, and 6 month on the pacific. It felt like we had arrived on another planet. Silver skyscrapers, lights, a clean city with no holes in the spotless roads, anonymous people walking from shop to shop (it was Christmas time after all) it felt like one year ago, when i arrived in Singapore.
Reverse culture shock, thats what my exchange organization called it when an exchange student feels alienated by his/her home country.
I feel stressed, but not in this particular moment…not at all i am relaxing in the Kiwi-countryside and have a lot of fun.
I spent my new years eve on a Hot Water beach. Digging my own geothermal bathtub.
No i feel stressed by what i have seen, heard and experienced.
Destruction, clear cuts of rain forests, an ocean wiped clean of fish, cultures being poisoned by money and media, dying corals,
violence, climate change, exploitation and poverty.
Problems that everybody has heard of before.
Problems that everybody knows are severe.
Problems that nobody wants to be true.
And so they just become surreal things, because we cannot see them in Europe as extreme as in other parts of the world.
I feel stressed because i know we have to act fast, but nobody wants to.
I have to say, that i quite like my life as vagabond, pirate or whatever you want to call me. But i feel like i am sitting on hot coals.
It is the same feeling i had before in Thailand but even more severe this time.
I feel like i will stop/pause my journey soon to learn some skills, in the institution called university, before i become to alienated for studying 😉
I hope you all have a wonderful year 2014!!