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  • Last days at home

    Every journey has a start point, but before departing there is a full adventure saying farewell and getting everything ready for the departure.

    To make the experience long as it takes I decided to get rid of all my belongings and unlashed all the bonds that attaches me to anything. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean that I don’t care about the places and people a left behind, there will always be present in me, my memories and strength to achieve whatever I want.

    Quitting job

    Todobarro Team

    On June I finished my work as teacher as it was the end of the school season. I waited to that day to start preparing the last steps. Same month I told my freelance clients what was my plan for the next months and year so they can contact someone else to do the job I was doing. From all the jobs I had last year quitting Todobarro might have been the more sentimental as it wasn’t only a company I collaborated with, but also a group of friends with whom I really had fun working.

    Getting rid of belongings

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    Knowing that I will leave Malaga the 20th of July, I notified my landlord and coworking of the fact to start preparing all the necessary documents. As the 20th approached I felt more and more melancholic every time I came to my house and bed or I walked from home to the coworking by the Cathedral. I started missing the city even before leaving it, what let me feel everyday more intensively what Malaga had meant to me. I even went to see my first home in town to feel how everything has changed.

    My house was full of useful and ridiculous stuffs I have been storing with no reason. I needed to get rid of them. As I knew that I had lots more in Sevilla, I brought them to Malaga to end up with the minimum I will need on my journey by the end of July.

    This has been one of the hardest parts of the preparation of the journey as it is not easy to find people to buy your stuffs for on fair price. I used to second hand website/apps for that: Vibbo and Wallapop that worked really well in Spain. I thought of eBay, but it wasn’t worth it regarding the commissions.

    The craziest idea I had to get rid of my belongings was to get a spot in one of the second hand markets of the area which happened to be impossible as there ar always taken and there are a lot of people waiting for the same. Never thought of it or how did it work before. Finding solutions, I did a Garage or Yard Sale as it is common in the States. However I haven’t got a Yard or Garage so I convince Peter from The Shakespeare to let me a spot at his Pub where I could expose all what I had so people can come to have a look while having a drink in a cosy bar in the centre of Malaga. It wasn’t about making big money of what I had, but more about not throwing away all what I have been taking care off. It really worked out better than expected, what was easy as we expect nothing. I wish I had sold everything though.

    What remained, mainly clothing, CD’s, Movies, etc. I gave them to friends and charity and I took back to Sevilla a little part of what I had accumulated along my life.

    At the very beginning must of my possessions where meaningful to me as they were linked to moments of my life, but as I start to get rid of them this feeling run away and I feel even release of all the sponsors and advertisements of all the commerce and shops in the city.

    Farewell my friends

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    I left this part to the end as it was the only I still carrying with me somehow. Saying goodbye is not something I am used to or that I like, on the contrary, it has always been something I am good to avoid with my well-developed Ninja Smoke Bomb technique.

    This time I wanted to improve this respect to all the people I appreciate, care of and love. Along these last years I learnt a lot of how to love in a healthy way and this I consider is part of it. I denied my friends a big event to say farewell but suggest them to do several events where we can meet each other little by little so we can enjoy each other one more time before departing.

    It was sentimental, but I must admit that being nervous about the departure the following “to do” before leaving the city kept my mind busy not to break down at the moment.

    I want to take this chance to tell all the people I care and love that I left that their support gave me strength in the past and today and most probably it will comfort my mind in many moments to come.

    Back in Sevilla I did the same, meet friends by groups rather than creating a big farewell event. Did it this way helped me to feel much more comfortable with the idea of being out of each other life for a while.

    Last days

    Farewell Sevilla

    The last couple of days at my mum’s where nice until the previous night where stress made me crazy and feel that there was something wrong or missing. Funny anecdote is that getting all my stuff over my bed to depart I didn’t realise I was missing my backpack until Ana told me.

    The departing day, before taking my first train I was confused, nervous at the same time that sedated. Everything went too fast at the end.

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  • From Sevilla to Sochi

    It took me long to decide how long I would stay in Europe, there are many places I want to visit and many friends to meet in the way. Finally I decided that crossing Europe shouldn’t take longer that a couple of month as my real goal is to discover Asia and Oceania.
    First I thought of crossing the continent by hitchhiking but not to take to long I end up buying an Interrail Pass so I will be travelling by Train. Interrail ends in Poland so in Ukraine and Belarus and Rusia I will have to combine, car, bus and train to keep on going.
    This schedule is a sketch of my journey and might change along the way. I am open and flexible to what it have to come. I am coming to cities I have never been so regarding if I like them or not I will stay longer or leave them behind.
     
    In my way I hope to meet a lot of people and some friends from the past that are living in the cities I come. For this reason, if you are in any of the cities at the time I come, let me know so we can meet there. Like a friend of mine always says, “Compartir es vivir” [Shearing is living].
    I do not know much about the places I am visiting and must of the information I found on the Internet is for the common tourist. I will love to discover the cities not only visiting the big cathedrals, city halls, past and modern architecture, but also getting lost in the cities and meet the daily culture. If you have any suggestion of what should I visit or where should I stay. Feel free to let me know as well.
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  • First consequences of a life decision

    I decided my future couple of months ago. There’s always something inside of me that tell me I should live and this year after finding myself strong physically and emotionally, with no attachments more than the ones I create myself. Independent and after a hard year working to earn enough to start my travel, I decided it was the right time to do it.

    It is easy to think about travelling around the world. We all I guess had someone the idea in mind. Every time I tell someone about what I am about to do, many of them answer saying that they would love to do the same.

    At the very beginning the idea was so big that it was difficult to imagine what it really concerns. The first step was to follow blogs and social network accounts of people that have done or are doing the same: Nomads, travellers, adventurers and world explorers. I happen to meet people like that in Malaga City and through Couchsurfing so we can share experiences.

    After reading blogs, guides and travel books I start finding out how to organise the journey. The aim, which is not mandatory is to go to Australia. First the idea was to do it by car with my Mini Cooper but getting a sponsor for BMW needed to much work I could not afford, neither the cost of the insurance or gas for the trip. So the better option to do it by land and see was to combine train, car, public transport, walks, hitchhiking by land and boats by sea.

    I draw a first sketch of where I want to go on the way to Australia from the south of Spain.

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    The Journey

    Having the idea of witch countries and cities I will pass on my way I created a Schedule of time and started regarding for the countries I need a Visa to cross the border. Visa is going to be a long story so I will leave it for another post.

    Schedule in hand I started finding out which might be the best way to go from one place to another.

    Other subject not to forget. Not only in order to get the visa, but to be save and leave without worries is to let every single documentation ready to be prepare for whatever it may happen. With that I mean

    – at the journey:

    • Passport
    • Vaccinations
    • Health insurance
    • Liability insurance
    • Bank account(s) and credit card(s)
    • Driving licence
    • others

    – And at home:

    • Legal aspects
    • Authorisations
    • Heritage
    • others

    Some of them are easy to get, just need to present some documents at the right place and that’s it, others might need of compare fees and conditions and find the right and more convenient choice. However, everything concerns at least a little bureaucratic work and patience as it is not at all the must funny part of travelling.

    Other aspect, not to leave to the last day is to start getting prepared to what means a long term travelling. I mean what o take with you and to be fit and emotionally ready to it, but that I will leave it for the next post.

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  • Getting rid of everything!

    A couple of weeks ago I started planing seriously my big adventure The Journey.

    I want to travel around the world without an anchor that hooks me to a certain location, with no bonds that attaches me to somewhere, someone or something.
    I want to start a journey without end as the goal is the journey itself, not the destination.
    I want to feel free, independent, alive

    For this, I started to get rid of all my material stuffs.

    I have just start to sell little by little them in local second hand stores, or on the internet through websites like:
    · Wallapop – Click here to see what I am selling
    · Vibbo – Click here to see what I am selling
    · ebay – Coming soon
    I am donating to charity, clothes, and other outils.
    I am as well giving my friends and the people that comes to me some books, videos (DVD’s), Music albums and others.
    I am as well researching on how to do an open doors day at my place to sell the previews days of my departure what remains in my hands that I wont need once I start my journey.
    I am as well looking for a spot in a local market where to install and sell all my belongings.

    If any of you is interested on buying, or know someone that might be interested thanks for sharing.
    In the other hand, if you have more ideas of how I can get rid of all my stuffs, please comment your ideas and I promise I will consider them.

  • Getting ready
  • I am living

    Most of my friends, colleagues and the people that surrounds me, and for sure my family are aware of my future journey.

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    Yes, I’m leaving in what I call a live journey.

    At my 30 years I want to achieve one of my dreams: To travel to Australia and New Zealand. I could just buy a flight ticket and book a hostel and arrange some tours around the oceanic islands. But not, this time I want to make it in a more fulfilling way. I have always been a wanderer and curious person thanks to my mother. She taught me to be sceptic and to observe and learn as much as I can.

    I learnt to travel and love to do it and to encounter new cultures, new people who open my mind by answering my questions with more questions and thoughts. This is what I want and for this reason I am going to travel to Australia over the surface of our amazing earth. I will avoid taking planes and try to travel by foot, snowboard, dromedary, bike, donkey, moto, horse, car, carriage, bus, guagua, public transport, train, turtle, boat, yacht, cruise or whatever transport that moves close to the surface of our world by land or water.

    My journey will star at my home town, Seville, the 1 of august and it will take me across Europe to Moscow, then across the middle East countries to India and through the South-East Asia to Indonesia from where I will get to Australia by boat.

    from Sevilla, Malaga to Australia

    I have not yet set a time to get to Australia as I expect to live the dream and work as a volunteer at several of the countries in my way there.

    Through this website I expect to register a logbook and communicate my family, friends – and followers – from all over the world my experiences along the way and also my future plans in case someone wants to join me or follow my adventure.

    “Happiness [is] only real when shared”

    ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

    So if you are interested, be welcome to my adventure wherever you are, whomever you are and whenever you want. If you feel like joining me please leave a message.

    If you can give me any tips, advices, suggestions about my journey or even revise my writing, do not hesitate to comment in this blog. I will appreciate al kind of interventions.

    Sincerely,
    Rodrigo