There is a common language that belongs to those who seek out something far from home. It is an ancient language, that of nomads, journeymen, and wanderers, it is now the language of hostelers. It is old, it is beautiful, and it unites the strangers of the road.
One learns this language innately; moving from place to place, never long enough to feel at home, there is a longing to connect. It is learned, unwittingly from others, those wiser and more experienced. It is unintentionally taught to the newcomers of this world. “Where have you come from?” “How long have you been away from home?” “How long do you plan on traveling?” These questions, which seem common on the surface, go to puzzle out some deeper, more powerful questions. “What drives you to keep going?” “What are you running from?” “What are you running to?” “Why are you here?”
Wanderers. Each unique. Different ages, different pasts, different lives, united by a common yearning to move on. Some are road weary from months, even years of travel, still unable to find a place to call home. Others are wide eyed and excited novices eager to begin the adventure. You bond with these people, perhaps over a pint or two. The bond is deep and intrinsic; you bond over your common purpose, or perhaps common lack of purpose.
It doesn’t matter if you meet for only a couple nights or of you end up taking the journey together for a brief time. The friends you make on the road are different. Whether you ever meet them again, nothing could change the adventures you had together.
To the wonderful travelers we’ve met (in mostly chronological order):
Jaime from Australia
Brian from Arizona
Dan from Australia
Rio (Otavio) from Brazil
Cynan from Australia
Alex and Sam from San Diego
Reneé from Australia
Adam “Rainman” from Ohio/Hawaii
Luciana from Switzerland
Silja from Finland
Vanessa from Germany
Rob and the Americans from the United Kingdom and Boston
Franzi from Germany
Ed and Omar from the UK and New York
Floriane from France
Times from New York/Montreal
Kit and Fliss from Australia
To the wonderful people who let us into their homes and showed us the city:
Sushma and family in London
Veronica, Patricia, and Leticia in Alicante
This will likely be my last post since I am once again Stateside and have to begin living my real life once again. Here’s to travel, adventure, and living life to the fullest!