Wednesday, April 9, 2014


So its been over 3 months that I have been traveling.
I've met so many different people on this journey and most of them have been enriching my soul in a special way, inspiring me and changing me as a person.

Its easy to connect with people, while you travel, everyone is in a positive mood and with an open heart, that’s why we travel right?

I travel to see new places, to learn about new cultures and to meet old and new friends.

And there's this constant need inside of me, to become a better person, to be more respectful, more educated and most of all to be more patient.
Patience is something important to me, its hard sometimes to keep my temper, specially if factors like heat, hunger and sickness are involved and come together all at the same time.
In many moments, these new friends helped and taught me to deal with different type of situations and showed me that it is not worth it to act in an irritated or aggressive way, it will not turn things easier it will only difficult things even more.

I never really had a lot of friends in my life, when I say friends I don’t mean acquaints who I just briefly met. I mean people I have real connections with.
I always had the need to give something to my friends, so that they would stay and hang out with me. That has been changing over the years after figuring out for myself that friendship should not only rely on giving, it should depend on giving and taking.

On this journey I've met people from different countries and cultures, experienced quite some adventures with some of them and made friends for a lifetime.
I am still in touch with the ones I have a connection with and I will hopefully see them again sometime.

So these days I am in Bali, been here now for over 2 weeks,
The first week in Bali was not nice, I got sick and felt quite bad, I was completely alone and had no one to help me.
I felt worse by the hour, so I went to a private hospital where they made a complete blood test, I had strong pain in my eyeballs which is a major symptom for Dengue Fever.
I was very relieved when the test results were negative for Malaria and Dengue Fever, it was just a simple cold, with fever and dizziness, so I rested another 2 days and then moved to a Surf Camp.

The Surf Camp pool by night.

The camp has been amazing, I live in a pretty cool Villa with a couple of surfers and our schedule consists in waking up very early, at around 6am we drive straight to the best spot, where we surf for 2 hours, then we refill our energy with some typical indonesian food at a local warung (beach restaurant) so that we are able to surf a second session afterwards.
After the second surf its lunch time, so we generally drive to a place close to the beach where we have some food and then we get back to the villa to rest a bit.
In the afternoon we go for a third surf sometimes, so imagine how my body feels these days.
The heat, the salty water and the sun, forces us to drink a lot of water and eat a lot during the whole day, I am basically hungry 24/7, I've been eating cakes, pizza, bread and other unhealthy things everyday, but my body craves for carbs, its crazy.

Having a coffee in the morning while enjoying this view.

So I have two more days then I am moving back to my hotel, which will be good, I miss working and going to the gym, so soon I'll be back at that.

Doing what I love.

Tomorrow we are going to a beach where I've already been and where I met a special friend, its a little puppy who is roughly 3 weeks old, after surfing I picked her up from the floor, where she was sleeping next to my board.
I took her on my lap where she slept for about an hour, while we were having food and drinks, waiting for the surf conditions to get better.
I asked the lady at the beach restaurant for some milk and so I prepared a little bowl and gave her the milk, she absolutely loved it and was drinking furiously.
She is just such a cutie, it was really hard to leave her there, but I spoke to the owners of the restaurant and they told me that they would feed her and take care of her.
I will be back there tomorrow and I will definitely give her some milk and cuddle her if she is around.
I always had this special connection with dogs, maybe it has to do with the fact that my chinese astrology sign is dog, but honestly dogs generally love me and I love them, so it was nice to meet her, made me miss a bit less my little dog at home.

She was so tired.
And she didn't even notice when I prepared the milk for her.

Once she woke up the milk was pure joy for her.

So what I learned so far about friendship is that it really does not have any nationality, any race or eye color, its all a question of having an open heart and getting to know each other.

I hope you guys keep your heart open for new friendships, thats what I try to do...

There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.”

– Paramahansa Yogananda

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