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What Would Love Do?

I roll over on the bamboo poles serving as tonight’s mattress. Tired, aching muscles clench both sides of my shoulder blades, and my hips don’t quite fit in the small spaces between the tied poles. I can only wish for more sleep, but it’s a wasted wish. It’s 3:50 a.m., a few minutes before our alarms go off.

I take a rushed and restless breath, and on the exhale,  a single thought floods my brain and body. Thinking about it will consume many hours of many days, and eventually it will become one of my personal carry-on-warrior mantras: What would love do?

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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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Sacrifices

In June 2013, the idea of this crazy long walk popped into our heads and etched something deep into our hearts. Since then we have been getting our lives ready for however this adventure will unfold and wherever this calling we’re stuck on following takes us.

But saying yes to a project-change-of-life-trip-challenge like this involves many sacrifices.

Some of the sacrifices may seem trite on the surface, while others will have a lasting impact that will shift our perspective, perhaps, permanently. An infinite number of small pleasures and everyday comforts will fall to the side, and we’ll have to adjust to a completely new way of living.

Here are a few things we’re leaving behind, at least temporarily, in one way or another. It’s not an exhaustive list, but it is representative enough to show how much we appreciate our lives in Catalonia, and what we think we’ll miss when we start walking in a few weeks.

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Sacrificis

Fer aquest viatge, començar aquesta aventura, plantejar-nos aquesta ‘meravellosa bogeria’ és quelcom que varem decidir fa molt de temps, per que ens cridava i cremava des del més profund dels nostres cors i cervells.

Molt afortunadament nosaltres tenim una vida privilegiada on no som materialment rics, però sí que ho som en experiències, en entorn i en qualitat de vida. Així doncs, algú es podria pensar que ens llencem a la piscina (o millor dit, tenint en compte la magnitud del repte plantejat, ens llencem a l’oceà) per que no estem a gust a casa. Potser algú es pensa que afrontem aquest repte per que fugim de la nostra realitat, de les nostres famílies, de la nostra societat, país o entorn.

Cadascú és molt lliure de pensar el que vulgui, faltaria més, però la realitat és que malgrat la nostra privilegiada vida, emprenem aquest projecte-viatge-repte-canvi de vida a costa de molts sacrificis. Alguns d’ells, molt importants per a nosaltres.

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Desencadena’t

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Veient la foto que encapçala aquest text volem apuntar que aquest no és, ni vol ser, cap missatge polític. Vol ser només una reflexió personal, on potser, només potser, força gent es pot veure reflectida.

Hi ha moltes cadenes que, com diu l’escrit, si la gent no es mou, no les nota. Però moltes persones sincerament, mirant-se al mirall, mirant-se als propis ulls, saben que hi son. Es tracta de totes aquelles cadenes que sovint moltes persones prefereixen negar, ignorar o senzillament no moure’s, per tal de no notar-les.

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Unchain Yourself

 

Aquí teniu el post en Català. 

The featured photo for this post shows the Catalan independence flag, and the graffiti message refers to the longstanding fight to make Catalonia a free, independent state within Europe. This website and this post is not meant to be a political instrument for any party or ideology. The actual words painted on the wall are what caught our attention and warrant deeper personal reflection.

“Qui no es mou, no sent les cadenes.”

“Those that don’t move, don’t feel the chains.”

There are many chains that bind us. This piece of street art, found on a wall in a park in Barcelona, reminds us of how true that is.

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Great Things Coming

Aquí teniu el post en Català. 

These last couple of months, we shared our concerns about planning a trip of this scale, we told you about our scariest what-if fears and showed you how worry worms into our heads.

Inevitably, good things are bound to happen, too.  That’s what our experience as independent travelers has shown us so far. Our backpacks, and our hearts, are filled with memories of small acts of kindness that made past trips unforgettable. Truth is, we’re actually counting on encountering more good things than bad things, and that’s a big reason why we’re moving forward with this life-changing walk.

What do our best-case scenarios look like?

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Grans Coses Ens Esperen

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Aquests dos últims mesos i durant la planificació d’un viatge d’aquesta envergadura hem compartit les nostres principals preocupacions. Hem parlat de les pors més profundes i d’aquelles altres que també ens preocupen i no deixen de passejar-se per dins els nostres cervells.

Inevitablement, grans i bones coses també ens succeiran. La veritat és que la riquesa i l’experiència acumulada al llarg de molts anys de viatges independents ens mostra la nostra motxilla de vivències molt més plena de coses bones que de mal tràngols. I amb aquesta il·lusió i esperança comptem per seguir endavant amb aquest viatge.

L’esperança i gairebé el convenciment de que grans coses ens esperen, ens fan seguir endavant amb determinació i ens dona forces per endinsar-nos en aquest apassionant viatge-projecte-canvi de vida.

Quins son alguns dels millors escenaris que ens podem trobar?

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Matant Dimonis

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There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky

Una anècdota de Jenn

En el nostre últim bloc, publicàvem les nostres grans pors. Algunes d’elles entren per la porta gran de la categoria d’esgarrifoses o molt preocupants, tot i que esperem que la probabilitat d’ocurrència de totes elles sigui ben minsa o nul·la. Per molt que pensem en elles, no hi ha gaire a fer des de casa mentre preparem el viatge. Bé, una cosa sí que podem fer, i és quedar-nos tancats a casa, paralitzats i sense arriscar-nos, però això no ho farem.

Respecte a les petites pors, aquestes també son fotudes per que la probabilitat d’ocurrència d’unes quantes d’elles no és que sigui petita, sinó que és totalment certa i real. Algunes de les situacions es donaran tard o d’hora i el problema és que ens agafin amb la guàrdia abaixada. Aquestes petites pors son les que son com un corcó que ronda inexorablement per dins els nostres caps i fàcilment ens pot treure el son.

Aquí tenim un exemple d’un temor que va afectar a Jenn durant la travessa de Catalunya, durant els 585 km del GR 92. És quelcom que Jenn està treballant i aprenent a gestionar i superar.

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Slaying Demons

 

Aquí teniu el post en Català. 

There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky

A Jenn story

In our last post, we listed our biggest fears. While some fall into the “very scary” category, a good number of them are unlikely-to-happen, worst-case scenarios. They merit concern and forethought,  but there’s not too much else that can be done about them.

Often , the tougher part is dealing with the “little fears” that show up out of the blue. These are the worries that worm their way into your head, and create a domino effect that can get the best of you and ruin a night’s sleep.

Here’s one of those little things that turned me upside down during our GR 92 walk last summer, and something I’m learning how to work through. 
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