Spending the last few weeks on the street once again confirmed my general approach to slower travel. While other location independents call themselves “professionals” – and, certainly, deservedly so – I am more a location independent dilettante kind of guy. Give me six months in Cartagena and (some) work will get done. Give me a motley month of Northern Germany, England and Cologne, and I won’t even read my e-mails anymore. So yes, I certainly need to make sure to travel as slow as possible – and, when I can’t, get into some kind of connection habit on the road.
Other take-aways from these weeks:
1. I didn’t miss the web – again. As on my Amazon adventure nearly a year ago, I could perfectly well disconnect from all those beeps and blinking messages and didn’t miss them at all.
2. I actually did miss some people from the web. My group of online peers and friends has grown quite a bit since 2009. As little as I care about most news, blogs and tweets out there, I really missed your updates, guys.
3. Days get short if the breakfast starts at 1pm and lasts six hours. I’m actually considering implementing a four hour breakfast week in my life to have more time to get stuff done.
4. You cannot live here without having an income. While it’s perfectly possible to spend a great month in the Caribbean on a $200 budget, Europe is just too expensive. I’ll have to consider this when creating my retirement plan for … well, the rest of my life.
5. 23° F (-5° C) is way too cold to camp. There was ice on my tent. Nuff said.
6. If you want to save somebody’s life, make sure their airways are open. (I did a first aid course and feel ready to save you if you’re into trouble. Just call me.)
7. Two suns are better than one. See attached photo.
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