Thanks to Álvaro Carrera Barroso for this amazing photo
Well, one of my several selves. One in my adventurer tend which I’m practicing lately. I also have a formal self, although I there are few photos of him As well there exists one peculiar self, for which this blog is named. Some friends could have some material belonging that self which could ruin my formal-self’s image.
Material I hope you don’t try to use to blackmail me, bastards, because I have worse things of you, muahahahaha (imagine now a self not very formal with crazy hair dancing in the wind, hands upwards and body and head arched backwards laughing madly with bloodshot eyes as a satanic insane: my Beelzebub self). Plus, I don’t give a fuck and it will backfire
All right then, my adventurer self decided some time ago he was tired of living as everybody does, of having a prefabricated life, fitting the powerful will and dictated by the Consumer Society: get a job where they can exploit you giving you just paper and copper which you’ll spend in things you don’t need to live indeed but they will make you look “better and more useful” for the Society so that you can still survive to continue working and contributing to the Society unable to escape; get married and have children, tie yourself down to a mortgage o we’ll do it ourselves with debts, work more for less not seeing the sun as far as you almost reach the average life expectancy; the remainder years before you die we’ll paid you a ridiculous pension in order you can give it away to a nursing home where you’ll be kept away from your family, and… live it up, life is short!
I named this Esperpéntica (Grotesque) Synthesis of the Society, in honor of Valle-Inclán (Spanish writer), who portrayed one century ago a Society barely different to the current one.
Do not misunderstand me. Everybody is free to live as they want to and there are numerous ways to do it and everyone choose their own. That’s just my vision of today’s Consumer/Welfare Society and that’s not a reason to be the vision of everybody. I’ve been years living in that society and thanks to that society we have now a lot of advantages we couldn’t have otherwise. We’ve progressed a lot, specially regarding to technology and science and also in human rights (although that’s only in the First World, and not always). In fact, I take advantage of those benefits and give thanks for them: vaccines, medical treatments I couldn’t do without, telecommunications, transports, drinkable water; even things like CouchSurfing and Hitchhiking require somebody having the resources and offering them, if they want to. But we’ve also stepped back a lot. We’ve lost our hope for living. Our current life is rather a race to aim higher and own more things than an effort to thoroughly enjoy the time given to us. We shut daily ourselves in offices without seeing even barely the sunlight, complaining about everything and letting our lives passing away doing nothing to change what we don’t like. It’s true that normally people want more to save it and enjoy it later, but in my view suffer today to enjoy tomorrow could become a hedonism misunderstood. That’s like those who travel timing how long are they in every place trying to look, without seeing, as many places as they can instead of calmly enjoy only some of them.
That’s precisely my intention: give myself the time to enjoy the way, appreciate what I own and get rid of what I don’t really need.
So, with that though going around every day for several months, finally was time for change. Was time for live a dream, for live my dream: travel around the world indefinitely, visiting a lot of places and meeting new people on the way; no time, no hurry, no other needs than vital ones and no other possessions than a backpack.
Many dream the same, but most of them are unable to break the socioeconomic barrier keeping themselves in the conviction of being a wannabe. For all of you, wannabes: Possunt quia posse videntur, They can because they think they can; what’s said by Virgil in the Aeneid. WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY. One can give a wide variety of excuses, but except those regarding to other person who depends on us (no independent children, dependent person we look after, etc.), any other pretext is a barrier we impose ourselves out of fear to change what’s certain and known, even when we don’t like it. It’s already said by the idiom, right?: better the devil you know than the devil you don’t. And that’s how we’re doing, we give up everything so we still can eat our masters’ crumbs.
But if what you want is to live in the “Welfare” Society and save some money to spend really good holidays or for any other thing, then we’re talking in different languages because it’s not what I’m looking for. As valid is one way of living as the other one, but if you identify with my thoughts don’t give excuses.
Nevertheless, it’s true I’m traveling with the guarantee that I’ve built up my own future so that I can return to the fold when I need it and I’m fully aware of how important is a good education to do what I’m doing. But not having that guarantee is not an impediment, it’s just a complication. For the last 3 years I’ve met a lot of people who had nothing, but they have driven their lives as they want to, learning on the way. Of course if you have the opportunity to study and/or build up a base for a future in the First World, you’ll be able to value more objectively the possibilities and you’ll always have a cushion to fall back on.
In any case, I encourage you to leave frequently your comfort zone, every day, to do whatever causes you shame or you’re afraid of. The time will come when embracing the unknown will be a habit. Then, the only thing you can do is conquer the world. And nothing will stop you anymore. You’ll be free.
I expect to go all over the World not only from a touristic point of view, but also from a native point of view. I want to fit in, eat, drink, feel, live with and like the people who populate The Earth. The World has a lot to offer and it’s too big to stay all the life in the same place not wanting to discover anything else (and that doesn’t mean that everybody has to leave and travel around the world, but everyone must follow their own dreams).
That reminds me...
And the only way to do that is traveling with no money. Living off whatever I get and work on the way, moving whenever I can and however I can.
So NAVARRADAS will be about that: about my adventures and misfortunes around the World.
BTW, just in case anybody wonders the reason of the blog’s name:
by Diego Martínez
f. coloq. It refers to the fact or the saying typical of Carlos Navarro. Beyond the social established doctrines, it does not fall within the scope of the human logic.
I’m Carlos or also Navarro in Spain, I’m Thxng Di in Thailand, I’m Jing Jok or Bro Kngouk in Cambodia, I’m Tu Aw in Myanmar I’m I Gede Karsa in Indonesia. I travel around the world on a budget, with almost no money. I’m an engineer, I’m an IT expert, I’m a tourist guide, I’m a salesperson, I’m a farmer, I’m a barman, I’m a babysitter, I’m a psychologist, I’m a sportsman, I’m a driver, I’m a carrier, I’m a electrician, I’m a plumber, I’m a carpenter, I’m a builder… I’m your lover, your friend, your brother. I’m a solo traveler, a backpacker, a hitchhiker. I’m a dreamer living his dream.