Monday, 26 October 2015

Planless

When tempo slows down and when the surroundings are unknown, there are always new things to see and experience.

Three hours under a tree by an old shack in a vineyard while the rain pounds becomes a magic moment watching the sky, the rows of grapes and to build a little fort for stick men in the soil.

A day in a village with only a boulangerie open three hours in the morning, gives an opportunity to walk all paths in the surroundings and to watch the fish in the pond.

A museum with only twenty paintings can be enjoyed in depth for hours. Just because there is nothing else to do, interesting things happens and the thought process deepens.

Walk to where you need to go, let it take an hour. Look at things that you see everyday. Look again, there is always something to see. And what is behind there? Over the fence? Under the rock?

Only during the last fifty to one hundred years, have people travel faster than by foot.
Everything older than that deserves to be approached slowly.

Last year when we went tramping around Alsace and the surroundings. It rained two weeks in a row and we had three code orange (hazardous weather warnings). Tant pis. A tent pole broke and although some days were very tough, we survived and now feel at home in that part of France.

Two years ago we went south and had very hot weather, suffocatingly hot weather, for two weeks. We survived that too. We have now found there is so much more to see and experience in a region that we thought we knew so well, that we probably will go back soon.

Earlier we have roamed other parts of France, Britain, Scandinavia, Switzerland and Germany together. We have followed long distance hiking paths, cycled through flat lands and stayed out in both rain and shine. We can live in the tent for weeks but we usually book something indoors when visiting larger towns (city camp sites being what they are).

It is an easy life. It is quite cheap.
All it costs is time.
The most important thing required is the lack of expectations.

2 comments:

  1. Free yourself from expectation. Great Buddhist philosophy.

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  2. I always remember rained-out holidays the most.

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