Travelers

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Delena | 5x15 Gone Girl

All I know is that right now I wanna rip your clothes off right here in the middle of this hall and throw you in one of these classrooms and kiss every square inch of your body, while a bunch of people who drive minivans listen wishing they were us.

Happy (http://humansofpdx.com/post/91358663267/my-names-happy-my-friends-gave-me-the-name-my) agreed to meet up with me again over the summer. I found him at Laughing Horse Books (which has since closed), reading about trains from a photocopied zine. I asked him about it.

“It’s kind a secret guidebook for traveling kids. It’s not supposed to be shown to anyone outside the community, and you’re not supposed to sell it to anyone except for the cost of photocopying it.” 

Given it’s touted secrecy, I didn’t ask to look at it, but did ask Happy what it contained.

“A lot of safety information. It tells you all kinds of do’s and don’ts about riding trains. Like about slack action. When the trains start and stop. You know, don’t put your foot on the coupling between cars or you could lose a foot. Only ride in empty box cars. Even if the cargo seems secure, it could shift and you could die. Only ride in the big, giant bucket cars if they’re empty… I know two kids who died that way… And don’t ride in the coal cars because they might get filled at the coal yard and you’ll die. Stuff like that.”

Part 1 of 3.

The Immortals

There is a legend in most cultures of the “Travelers”. These are human beings just like the rest of us but they possess a genetic mutation which causes them to stop aging at between thirty and forty years of age. Like the genetic mutation Progeria which leads to fast aging except in reverse.  Since it only onsets at adulthood travelers are well aware of the danger they suffer from the hands of the rest us, they have been burned at the stake, hung as witches and dissected to learn the secret of longevity. So, they fade into society. The frequently gravitate to the profession of arms. There are many very old photographs and paintings of people who look identical to those living today. No one knows if they really exist or if if they do if they are merely long lived or actually immortal.

One of the few well documented cases is that of the Comte Saint-Germain a German speaking alchemist who reportedly lived for centuries. He was acclaimed in some circles and denounced as a fraud in others. He appeared out of nowhere in the court of French King Louis XV who employed him as a diplomat. What is true is that he spoke several languages, played violin like a maestro, was a brilliant scholar in philosophy, chemistry and mathematics and had an incredible grasp of the details of history. He appeared to “age” in the French court but one thing stands out about him. He was a master of disguise and would often provide ladies of the court with make up from his private stores. He employed this mastery in the service of the king as a spy in court of Austria-Hungary. When he “died” in 1784 the executors of his estate found none of his personal items no jewelry, no violins, no alchemy apparatus, no watch and no private papers. The only things left behind were items with no personal significance although some of those items were quite valuable. These things were auctioned off and used to fund a hospital which still bears his name today. Some said, that as the Compte had always claimed, he arranged to “die” every sixty-five years or so. 

(Below) Images of the Comte St. Germain over a three hundred year period. The latest taken in Paris in 2008. He was obviously displeased to have his picture taken. Note the nose and the upward slanting eyebrows. It is clearly the same man and not merely a lookalike.



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You don't need to be rich to travel!

I always encourage people to get out and travel because I truly believe travelling is the greatest way to become more consciously aware, to discover yourself, and to create more peace, understanding, and unity in the world.

So far, I’ve been to 38 countries (39 if you include Scotland), and a lot of people assume I am really rich because I travel all the time, which isn’t true!!

First of all, I am not any more financially wealthier than the average Canadian person working a full time job, so no, I am not rich!

Secondly, unless you want to travel lavishly and show off, you definitely don’t need to be rich to travel, you just need to be smart with how you plan your trips.

Now don’t get me wrong here, I am not here saying you don’t need any money at all to travel! Of course you will need some money to travel, but not nearly as much as you may think! Besides, you also need money to live at home, and depending on where you live that itself could be very costly! I’ve been able to not only travel without having to spend a great deal of money while still doing the things I love, but at times I’ve saved money by travelling instead of staying at home.

First of all, stop and take a look at your expenses in life. Do you really need everything you are paying for? Do you really need a car? Do you need a big house/apartment? Do you need all those things you’re spending on? Just look at your monthly expenses, what are you spending on that you need for a comfortable normal life, and what are you spending on that’s extra? Ask yourself these questions, most people have way too many useless expenses that they can easily cut out.

For myself, well, first of all, I sold my car several years ago, which prior to selling I needed because I worked in a small town which was really spread out and had no public transport. It wasn’t even a fancy car, it was just enough to get me around and to work. I don’t actually think I’ll ever own a vehicle again but then again I don’t like to say never, I may need to again.

Secondly, I am currently renting out the apartment I bought in Toronto so that pays for itself. With the help of the internet today, you could do the same. You can put up your place for short term rentals. Let’s say you leave for 2 months, why not rent your place out for 2 months? I am just using that as an example.

Now as far as regular expenses, I hardly have any. I just don’t have the desire to “possess things”. I don’t have any unnecessary expenses. In fact, in many cases I’ve given away money to someone who needs it than to go out and buy a luxury item for myself. 

So think about your expenses and get rid of all the unnecessary stuff!

Now that you’ve scrapped a whole bunch of useless expenses, you have some money in hand to travel with. You want to travel, but it seems like it costs a lot to get to your destination. Well, where do you live and where are you trying to go? If you’re in a major city, or can get to one easily, then chances are you can find some excellent deals to travel. I want to see the whole world, so when I find a good deal I jump on it. Again, this varies depending on where you live. For instance, people are often unaware that they can travel between several major North American cities for as low as $1 with the Megabus. That’s just one example, there are many similar ones!

Once you get to your destination, well, if you left Canada, the U.S or most Western countries, chances are you’ve landed in a place that’s much cheaper. I am not sure what people are after when they travel, but for me, personally, I am out for the experience, I am out to meet and interact with new people, make friends with those who the media would paint as my “enemy”, to make friends with people as we use fun, entertainment, and partying to combat all the pathetic nonsense that our governments feed us, I travel to experience different cultures, to bridge gaps between people, to bring a peaceful message to others, to show people what they may not know about people of Iranian descent, to tell them all the great things about Canada despite our pathetic warmongering Prime Minister Harper, to create more unity and understanding where unity is non-existent. I don’t travel to “show off”, I don’t travel for “luxury”, I don’t even like luxury hotels, I actually feel uncomfortable in luxury knowing so many people cannot even have their most basic needs. Luxury to me is as meaningless as anything out there. For this reason, I don’t stay at hotels, I either couchsurf or I stay at hostels. This way I am able to interact and meet people. Hotels to me are a waste of time and money for a traveller who is out for an adventure (Sorry to those in the hotel industry but you make enough money from lavish travellers and those on business). Couchsurfing is actually very well organized allowing people to really immerse themselves in the culture and meet great people, not only that but it doesn’t cost you anything! I’ve met some of the greatest people on my travels thanks to couchsurfing.

Click here for my couchsurfing profile

Considering how the cost of living in the overwhelming majority of the world is well below that of Canada and the Western world, I don’t see how it can get that expensive once you’re already at your destination. As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes I actually end up saving money by travelling.

With that said, all I can do is encourage more of you to travel. There is no better way to expand your mind and become more educated and understanding of the world than to travel and see it all for yourself! Travel for the experience, for the adventure, and travel to promote peace, unity, and love amongst all your fellow human beings! I know I will, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop!

Click here to see one of my travel albums on facebook, showing some of the trips I’ve been on