Saturday, April 16, 2011

Brigada, Senhor Coelho

I have to share this passage I read from Brazilian author Paulo Coelho's The Pilgrimage. It's just completely sums up what TRAVEL means to me:

"'When you travel, you experience, in a very practical way, the act of rebirth. You confront completely new situations, the day passes more slowly, and on most journeys you don't even understand the language the people speak. So you are like a child just out of the womb. You being to attach much more importance to the things around you because your survival depends upon them. You begin to be more accessible to others because they may be able to help you in difficult situations. And you accept any small favor from the gods with great delight, as if it were an episode you would remember for the rest of your life. At the same time, since all things are new, you see only the beauty in them, and you feel happy to be alive.'"

*"You are like a child..."
*"You begin to attach much more importance to the things around you..."
*"You begin to be more accessible to others..."
*"...an episode you would remember for the rest of your life."
*"...since all things are new, you see only the beauty in them."
*"...you feel happy to be alive."

What a beautiful passage!

The last couple weeks have been filled with lots of drip coffee/americanos, work, gym, thoughts of Grandma, cooking, different movies, the homie Jordan, FB stalking my sister's pictures of the boys, thoughts of Sebastian, and the book of Psalm.

Any terribly new developments? Umm...I got paid. I got a bike from a friend's friend who left Korea. I am cooking a lot more and am pretty proud of a few dishes. Umm...umm...my gym has an amazing jjimjilbang (Korean for public bath house) in it that makes me want to work out even harder. It provides soap, toothpaste, scrubby gloves, face lotion, hair dryers, Q-tips, towels, you-name-it! It's amazing. I take the bus 3 times a week and it lets me see parts of the city I wouldn't otherwise be able to see. It's really quite romantic (reminiscent of the K-drama Winter Sonata), and then the driver makes a sharp turn to wake you from your daydream and give you motion sickness. Haha. Ooh, I'm also working on making more Korean friends and making my small place a bit more home-y.

Followers