After spending four marvellous days in London and adapting our body clocks to the European time, we flew to Mallorca. Our families were expecting us and a big welcome dinner had been organised. Walking in my room and seeing it full of stuff only made me realise further how unimportant certain things are. We had been living out of a backpack for the past 9 months, and I never missed one of the things that were in that room. Still, I felt rich from my experiences, adventures, ideas, thoughts, friendships and gratitude. After the first 24 hours, everything became a blur; we spent a couple of weeks in Mallorca, then in Italy, came back, got jobs offered in Barcelona, and just now, 2 months after hitting European land, it seems that we are settling down.
They say that it takes a while to adapt to the old lifestyle after such a long trip. The daily routines and the constant stress people are exposed to in this part of the world is just crazy and absurd, yet we keep being told this is the real world. We are surrounded by people that are desperate to posess the latest technology gadget, and I understand them, they're constantly reinforcing their identity, feeding that consumeristic attitude. Because we're in a world where things are supposed to be either black or white, salty or sweet, good or bad, democratic or communist, catholic or muslim. Well, it's so liberating to know that it ain't true, and I want to invite everyone to discover what the world has to offer outside the box we grow in, to experience absolute freedom like we did during the past 9 months. Every corner of the world is at your disposal, and if you let yourself go, forget your prejudice, you will discover PARADISE, not because you're going somewhere specific, but because you will feel real.
"Trust me, it's paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. From mine it's a generation that circles the globe in search of something we haven't tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite, and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It's probably worth it. You hope and you dream, but you never believe that something's gonna happen for your. Not like it does in the movies. And when it actually does, you expect it to feel different. More visceral, more real. I was waiting for it to hit me...I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it's someplace you can look for, cause it's not where you go. It's how you feel for a moment in your life...and if you find that moment, it lasts forever"[i]. - The Beach
NEVER STOP EXPLORING - Love, Nick & Sonia