I was doing some work on my computer in a coffee bar in Amsterdam and, overhearing a conversation next to me, asked the woman, Cindy, if she knew where I could find some good live music that night. That question turned into breakfast at her house the next day with her husband, trading musical tastes, a guitar jam session, and a long and passionate talk about life, where Cindy shared journey story from NYC to Amsterdam, where she is now considered one of the best blues musicians in Amsterdam. I strive to be as adventurous and fuck-free as Cindy.
A ‘Hello. Are you from around here?’ to a dude at the Prague Beer Museum turned into 7 new friends for the week and a beautiful night of revelry, sitting around a table with a Brit, Slovakian, Czech, Serbian, Irishman, and an American, and a newfound perspective on travel and community. And some good pics of the sunrise. I’m still recovering.
A loosely-planned road trip from Miami to New Hampshire turned into a country showdown competition in northern Florida, camping in the Great Smokey Mountains in North Carolina, some new friends in Wake Forest, live reggae and a mini-circus on the boardwalk of Virginia Beach, a tour of the best craft brewery in the country (Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware), and an emotional roller coaster through the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. I continue to loosely-plan just about everything.
A solo stroll through Aggieville in Manhattan, KS turned into meeting a friend of a friend who, originally from Manhattan, KS, used to work as a computer programmer for major companies (including the White House) around the world, and, after a ‘fuck-it’ moment, is now a world-class DJ based in London and spins for parties of up to 80,000 people around the world. I continue to explore and follow my passions and embrace the ‘fuck-it’ technique.
Not all travel results in epic moments of self-actualization, inspiration, or universal truths. In fact, it’s not even necessary. What travel does is accelerate the learning process. You might learn something new, reinforce something you already knew, or forget something that needs forgetting. But you have to put yourself out there, even if it’s just by putting yourself in a different physical space and doing some people watching. But the more of yourself that you put out there, the more you get back in return. Happy travels.