22nd April 2017, Saturday Hall in Tirol Austria “There are days when I feel happy about Innsbruck being so close by…….at least it keeps most of the crowd away from my neighborhood!” Erwin had been my generous host for the 4 days I spent in this northern part of Austria. Our evening walks along […]
“The kind of things I have seen in my service years I wish nobody ever has to”, he resumed. “I do not judge you on your political stand or expect you to completely agree with me, but I will share my experiences nonetheless. …”
The subtleties of these colors, the vibrant hues and its inherent capacity to capture our imagination is one of the most important aspects of our memorable travel experiences – and then we have our brethren travelers who manage to look beyond it and seek travel experiences in ways we can never fathom.
Whenever called upon to draw a landscape in my art classes in school, I had always drawn some version of a paradise I had always had at the back of my mind – a solitary house at the base of rolling meadows, a clear mountain stream flowing down from towering peaks in the background while some ducks paddle their way across the stream to the vast expanse of untouched meadows at the other side. To be able to see an even closer version of your idea of a perfect landscape was such a surreal moment that, truth be told, I could not help but feel goosebumps!!
It is 02:00 am on a cold October night. I am waiting for a train; a train that will take me far away. I know where I hope this train will take me, but I don’t know for sure. But it doesn’t matter. How can it not matter to me where this train will take me?
With the city slowly embracing the darkness, it brought to an end one of the most memorable, thought provoking and life-changing experiences of my lifetime!! No amount of reading, writing or oral recounts now can give deserved justice to the 3 days I spent in the lap of probably the most naked and uninhibited form of nature I had ever experienced……nature that taught me lessons worth a thousand years, opening my eyes to an entirely new portal of self realization and self-satiation.
”I Don’t have a plan either. Will probably walk around and see if I can hitch a ride. If you are OK with it then I can join you and we can both hike or hitchhike our way to Kye and Kibber!!”
It’s rare to find like-minded budget travelers in unknown landscapes, so his offer was hard to ignore. Who doesn’t want a travel companion who shares your vision of a perfect travel experience?