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Marius Ghidel – Shangri-La


Dumnezeu din spatele mastilor

Pe la vreo doi ani, eu nu stiu exact varsta, tatal meu m-a scos pentru prima data afara ca sa ma invete sa merg. Nu mergeam, ma tinea de ambele maini. Nu vazusem pana atunci oamenii cum arata, decat pe parintii mei. Nu vazusem copacii, florile, nu vazusem animalele, nimic – nu stiam despre ce este vorba. Si atunci cand am iesit afara pentru prima oara, am observat ca venea spre mine un barbat. S-a oprit in fata mea, a pus mana dupa cap – a tras, a strans si-a tras toata fata, cu par cu tot, cu ochi, cu nas, cu hainele lui si  le-a dus in jos – si-a tras totul de pe el pana la mijloc… Ca stiti cum facea, mai tragea si pe stanga, si pe dreapta… ca pe-un costum de scafandru. Continue reading Marius Ghidel – Shangri-La

Vagabonding II


As a vagabonder and a cultural guest, learn to pay back what you’ve received by spotting need and practicing generosity elsewhere (even with other travelers) as you travel from place to place. The Hungarians who picked me up hitchhiking in eastern Europe never let me chip in for gas, for instance, but their generosity inspired me to give twenty dollars to a Japanese backpacker who’d lost his money belt in Vienna. Odds are, that Japanese traveler was encouraged to pass on the goodwill elsewhere. Thus, even in an indirect way, try to give as much as you take when you travel — even if this means taking an attitude of generosity home with you. Continue reading Vagabonding II

Vagabonding I


Fascinating book. Tips and tricks included. Just what I needed 🙂

If you wanna become wanderlust, this book is what you should read first.


Ultimately, this shotgun wedding of time and money has a way of keeping us in a holding pattern. The more we associate experience with cash value, the more we think that money is what we need to live. And the more we associate money with life, the more we convince ourselves that we’re too poor to buy our freedom. With this kind of mind-set, it’s no wonder so many Americans think extended overseas travel is the exclusive realm of students, counterculture dropouts, and the idle rich. Continue reading Vagabonding I