"Everything worthwhile in life comes from daring to risk it all; following our dreams despite the cost; loving despite the pain; hoping despite the doubts; and living boldly despite the fear" ~Bear Grylls
“Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it.” ~John Mayer
When less than two weeks ago I suddenly decided to go to New Orleans, the first question everybody asked when they found out was “who are you going with?”. Well, “by myself” was the only true answer I could give them. There were surprised faces, questions, consternation…
Why people travelling alone are such a surprise?
I asked myself a question once “what do I travel for?”. When you think about it, it’s a really hard question. The answers “because I want to see the world”, “because it’s cool”, “because everybody does” don’t come into play…
I’ve heard a lot of people say, they travel to find themselves. I think it’s an amazing answer. But I went further. We are all lost in this world, in our daily lives, in our routine. We want to run away, as far as we can. We want to find out who we are, where we belong and how far we can push ourselves.
And to find your borders you need to go beyond people’s limits, cross your “comfort zone”, try everything.
That’s why we travel alone.
It may be hard. It may be rough. It may be dangerous.
My last trip to Moab marked half-year anniversary of my relationship with climbing [just realised]. I also took another step in my career, which is signing up for membership in a climbing gym. So I finally decided to write those two coming posts. (Yeah, gotta say I’ve thought about it good few times before, but I think I wasn’t ready).
What I see is very common with people who want to start climbing is struggle, mostly, with fear [I’m not talking here about aliens, like myself, who aren’t really concerned about danger around them]; or/and aren’t sure what to expect.
So my main reasons for writing this particular post are to introduce rock climbing a tiny bit, to make it a little less mysterious, and to incourage you to give that wonderful sport a shot.
If I’d ask you now to close your eyes, take a deep breath and imagine yourself the ocean, what would you see? Would you be on the boat or on the land? If the second one, would it be a beach or high cliff?
I would like to answer you that question with my vision, my little dream I had in my head since I was a child.
To get to San Francisco from East you drive through the bridge. To get to San Francisco from North you drive through the bridge.
If you’re going South or from South you’re good, no bridges.
Cuz man, those are loooong mother******s.
I have to say, I was the one who drove on the bridge when we were entering San Francisco from Yosemite. That was my first time taking bridge like that as a driver, it was adrenaline, I was driving and I had all those pictures from movies like Spider-Man, Fantastic Four (yeah, I know those two are in New York), X-men, Godzilla, in my head. So I’m just sitting there and thinking “All monsters from around the world, please don’t destroy or attack that bridge just yet, please, please…..”.
And you need to pay to drive through that 5$! 5 bucks for a possibility of death according to Hollywood.
Cold. Wet. Oh cold. Oh, my shoes are wet. Oh, I’m cold.
For all of those who (like my family) when they hear California think about hot sun and beach:
Well, that’s not like that. California is huge. It’s bigger than my home country. And has at least 3 types of climate.
January in the mountains? It does snow, it’s not always sunny and the temperature there is around 30°F (°C).
[Just wanna say at the beginning, everything that I’ll write is for greenhorns/ tourists who during the trip to the coast will decide to see fe.: one of the most famous National Parks which is Yosemite.
Those of you badasses who go there to do some winter hiking, prepared and geared with gaiters, mountaineering boots, poles and everything else- I’d love to hear some of your stories, but you probably won’t find out anything new from that post.]
-Okay, now take off your shoes and put them inside your sleeping bag. -What?! Can’t I just leave them here? -Sweetie, they’ll freeze…
The thing you need to know about winter camping? Better have a sleeping bag big enough to fit all your stuff inside, if you want to use them again the next day.
The only thing we decided to keep warm were our new mountaineering boots. Well, hell yeah, they were bought the same day, we had to take care of those babies. Who cares about snow pants, jackets, fuel or hmm.. water. That even freeze?
“There are many apples on the tree, but only one Big Apple”
Why NYC is called Big Apple I found out recently, already after the visit in the city. It all started with one journalist, who was using word “apples” for writing about racing courses.
Actually, it was after two visits when I finally found out why The Big Apple, because I have to say during my stay in the United States I visited New York City already twice.
The first time was when I was leaving for four days on the campus of St. John’s University on Long Island for my Au Pair Training School. Sounds cool, if not the fact campus was 2,5 hours away from Manhattan and we had “classes” from 8 am until about 7 pm… Well, at least for few days I could “be” an American student hehe.
The second time was caused mostly by my homesickness, I’ve met my family in New York. During that trip, for the first time, I could try the most famous invention of XXI century, which is Selfie Stick.