Category Archives: Thailand

Les parades d’autobús


Aquestes senzilles construccions als costats de les carreteres han esdevingut per mi, o per nosaltres, uns meravellosos oasis. A hores d’ ara penso que tal i com anem voltant per aquest bonic país, viscudes les temperatures que hem tingut i tenim, un dels millors llocs per estar entre les 10 i les 15h, és a una parada de bus. Ja sé que pot sonar ximple o si més no exagerat, però aquests indrets ja han esdevingut els meus particulars temples.

Així doncs, aquesta senzilla entrada vol ser un petit homenatge a les parades d’ autobús.

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Nakhon Sawan – Kamphaeng Phet


Aquests últims dies des de l’última entrada hem seguit cap al nord-oest avançant xino-xano sense fer grans distàncies però sense aturar-nos. Després de molts dies seguint el gran riu Chao Phraya, passat Nakhon Sawan ens hem ‘canviat de camisa’, hem ‘fet el salt’ a l’anterior riu i hem anat a seguir el riu Ping al llarg del que jo anomenaria, la ruta del sucre (molt diferent a la mítica ruta de la seda).

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A Sense of Belonging

We all want the same things in life, regardless of where we come from or where we’re going. We want comfort, security, good health and a better life than our parents had.

There are other universal things we collectively seek out. For example, we want to belong. We want to fit into a family or a community, or said more simply, we have a human sense of belonging to each other that we spend our lifetimes trying to satisfy. The flip side of that is more complex. In the same way we individually crave to fit in and belong, we also have this tendency to want to help others belong to whatever circles we move in. Despite what the headline news tells us about fearing “those people,” whoever “those outsiders” are in any given moment in history, there’s a part of us that cannot resist the urge to extend a kind hand and open heart to another person.

Thailand has given us a chance to reflect on this dynamic.

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Our New Reality

Our first week walking has been full of surprises. Every day we learn something new, and the practice of living in the moment has taken on new meaning.

We headed out of Bangkok uncertain of what lies ahead, but knowing that we had to stop thinking about the big overwhelming mission of crossing Asia and Europe. We had to shift our focus to the here and now. Out walking, the best we can do is have a weekly goal, a daily objective and an hourly status check to see where our bodies and heads are at. We measure progress step by step, minute to minute and one kilometer to the next.

This past week gave us many opportunities to test this “right now” game plan. What we’re learning most is how to manage our own expectations of what this trip will look like on a day-to-day basis and what our bodies can handle.

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