The road to Santiago. PostDated Sept 2015

A postdated blog that I forgot about when my iphone died 1/3 way through my trip. Thank Buddha for saved draft.

Sept 2015.
Currently 1/3 through the 900 km+ Camino to Santiago and beyond. Walking solo on the way but meeting beautiful souls from around the world for conversations, tapas and wine.

Offline while walking and should be back online in mid October.

Pics describe this trip best.

I am walking the Camino alone. Without a guidebooks/maps or phone and without any clear schedule. Some days I walk 6km others 30km+ . I stop when I feel tired and try to find a place to rest – sometimes it means I walk longer most of the time I find a place to sleep.  Just reading the’signs’ alone the way, stopping in cathedrals, conversing with pilgrims, refilling my soul with good books and music.  Enjoying the journey and embracing the struggles more than the daily destination.


My new bf ‘Cookie Monster’ – cookie holds all my possessions on the Camino including wine and of course cookies!


The cathedral in Burgos. One of the best cathedrals I have ever seen.


I love stopping in random towns along the way for snacks. This was just one of the many scenic towns along the way.


In Ages I found a fantastic wine for 4Euro. Shared it with a passerby who declared it was the best they had on the Camino. Bold statement. Cookie monster was pleased.

I am in awe of the way that the Camino brings people together. While sharing wine with my new friend he suggested that I stop in the next town – the oldest human remains in Europe were found there. I randomly found myself on a tour bus with other pilgrims and we were on taken to a dig site by an archaeologist. Those skulls were damn cool. Being on/in a bus for just 20 mins was so weird.


One of the best things about waking the Camino is visiting the old cathedrals (when they are open). I am not catholic but mass is becoming one of my fave ways to reflect on the journey at the end of the day.

A long 33+ km day ended with a nice river.

Pilgrim graffiti!


There are loads of markers leading ‘the way.’

Ancient battle between two outdated tribes was fought here. I wonder who one?

I love the rock art we make along the way.

575 km left to Santiago. Another 100km to the coast!


Mountains, Vineyards and not a person in sight. Its such a perfect day.

Powerful quotes from Uruguay’s José Mujica

“We still live today as we did 40 years ago. You don’t stop being a common man just because you are president.”

“A leftwing vision of the world requires you to imagine a future utopia, but one doesn’t have the right to forget that the most important thing for every human being is the life they lead now,” he said. “The fight to make today better must become your central task.”

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“And the women most discriminated against are those in poverty. Machismo hits hardest at the lowest levels. Poor girls are not well-treated by our society. There are women who end up abandoned with lots of children. For me that is one of the most important battles for fairness.”
Almost all of the 90% of his salary that Mujica gives away goes to single mothers.

“I need capitalism to work, because I have to levy taxes to attend to the serious problems we have. Trying to overcome it all too abruptly condemns the people you are fighting for to suffering, so that instead of more bread, you have less bread,”

Fantastic article. Highly recommended. 

Minimalist Inspiration this Week.

“If you have a dream begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it”
18th Johann Goethe

 

https://levels.io/


@levelsio plans to create 12 Start Ups in 12 Months while travelling and living like a nomad out of a single backpack.
This is ambitious and bold. What I love the most is that he understands the risks and is clearly not afraid of failing.

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By doing nothing, you figure out exactly nothing. @levelsio

 

 

 

DIRTY BIRD AD

This made me laugh, simple and definitely bold advertising.

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We were given the name Dirty Bird as the brief, and started working on ideas. We looked at the initials, DB. Then worked with the lowercase ‘db’ linking them to form the shape of a rooster.It’s a graphic representation of a rooster incorporating the initials. It depends on how you look at it,” he said according to the Mirror. “I’m not sure there have been any complaints. A few comments, but it’s in the eye of the beholder, as they say.”  Mark James

 
 
 

YERKA PROJECT

There are currently alot of companies trying to reinvent the bicycle. This company takes it one step further and creates a bicycle where the lock is built into the frame and made the concept look cool on a fixie. I still think the bike can get a stolen, but I love that they incorporate and found the solution within the product itself.

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Every lock can be broken leaving the bike intact.
That’s why we decided to make a lock out of the frame.
The only way to steal it is to break the lock, which implies breaking the bike.

http://www.nadiemelaroba.cl/

A Minimalist City Bike that fits in a Super Small Bag.

This bike crumples apart to fit into a bag that’s no bigger than the size of a wheel.
Unfortunately the company Lucid has no plans to mass produce them. Bah!

Kit-Bike-by-Lucid-Design_dezeen_sqI love the concept and I would love one for travelling. 

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Alot of simple parts for easy disassembling. I love the belt driven bike. No grease.

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Anybody wants to give it a go and design one?