self reflection

I still remember that day when I arrived in Bogota, Colombia at night with a little bit of money, but no real plans and basically no word of Spanish trying to find my way to downtown. I showed the address of my hostel to an elderly lady in the bus making sure I am on the right direction and she instantly looked for a nice human being to personally bring me there. What a welcome.

This is how it all started and exactly 2 years later I find myself with a fair share of Spanish, still carrying the same few possessions in my backpack that are slowly falling apart. But I learnt to improvise and simplify my life on the road. One that is not always easy and often takes me on adventurous rides, but one that I needed to shake up my reality to again feel alive.

Not sure where the upcoming years will take me, but I have a good feeling I will end up where I am supposed to be, meeting people like you that lift my soul.

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for all your support and for still following my journey, your messages usually arrive in days that are not all pretty landscapes and mango & avocado season. I love you all and know that each us is capable of more than we ever thought we were, just give it a try.

Much Love ❤︎  and have a read on what I encountered and learnt the past 2 years along the road in South America,

When I graduated high school, I thought I had a pretty solid idea of what I wanted to do with my life - I was going to graduate college after 4 years, get a good job, make a lot of money, see the world, and so on and so forth. Then I got to college and all I’ve been learning so far is that 18 is an awfully young age to think I know what I want to do with the rest of my life. And 18 year old me would have been so scared about not having an exact plan, but 20 year old me is pretty at peace with just taking life one day at a time.
—  January 20, 2015

who are you, anyway? - a playlist for when you’re not quite sure

01. water fountain | tune-yards // 02. the suburbs | arcade fire // 03. us | regina spektor // 04. I-35 | lucy wainwright roche // 05. youth | daughter // 06. talk | coldplay // 07. hearts like ours | the naked and famous // 08. do i wanna know? | arctic monkeys // 09. weight of living pt. 1 | bastille // 10. 17 | youth lagoon // 11. heart it races | dr. dog // 12. under the tide | chvrches // 13. hello seattle | owl city // 14. colours | grouplove // 15. blue boat home | peter mayer

Beautify yourself from the inside. Be who you truly are and don’t be afraid to stand for what you believe in. You were born as who you are for a reason; live it fully and entirely.
Intimacy is not who you let touch you. Intimacy is who you text at 3am about your dreams and fears. Intimacy is giving someone your attention, when 10 other people are asking for it. Intimacy is the person who’s always in the back of your mind, no matter how distracted you are.