Meeting ex President Jose Maria Aznar was such a wonderful surprise
These are the recomendations of the "Lonely Travel" site
Take pleasure in difficulties
Most travellers, particularly those who travel alone, do it for the challenge. When one is lying on a bunk bed beneath an
itchy brown blanket that hasn't been washed for months, wondring why the hell you are putting yourself through it; rememeber
"what is difficult is always worthwhile." Plato
Find where humour hides
Laugh at the absurdity of culture. Laugh at futility. Laugh at error. Laugh at misadventure. Laugh in the face of bad luck,
chaos, misfortune and hostility. "Life can be a comedy or a tragedy - it just depends how you look at it." W. Allen
Drink yourself into oblivion...
....hit rock bottom, and then open your eyes. People are adaptable. We secretly like and need to go through cycles of pain
to then fully appreciate the intensity of the good times. Sometimes you need to wallow in misery. Do it until you are purged
and then move on. Move up. "Happiness is more than momentary bliss." Aristotle
Write to give meaning
Travel is a bittersweet experience, as is starting a new life abroad. "Why do something so hard?" we ask ourselves. "Why do
I feel I have to do it?" Write it all down. Capture something of the essence of your unique experience and your journey will
Discover what you don't want
People often say they travel to discover who they are and what they want. I say, travel to discover what you don't want. This
is a fair more achievable goal. In doing so you will actually discover what is important to you in life.
Chaos is to be embraced. Travel is unpredicatable. It is an adventure. Thus the traveller must welcome uncertainty into his
fearful heart. Give yourself up to chance and in time you will be truly free.
Introspect a little
It is easier to access one's own mind when one is not in the comfort of one's living room. Question your thought processes,
question your beliefs, question your identity, question your fears and your passions. Travel will isolate or liberate; think,
and the choice is yours to make.