In Peru, or more precisely in Lima, the final destination of my journey, my travelling companion told me: “Do you realise that we’re going to go back and everything will be the same, as if nothing has happened. But you will feel different, like you are on another level, more fulfilled and enriched than the people you left behind…”
And it’s exactly that- travelling touches your heart and shapes you. It shows you your true spirit, it makes you reflect about your life, it opens you up to new experiences. You see truly incredible things, and you come into contact with fascinating people and stories.
Sometimes you can even take part and add a little something useful. That’s why this year I decided to do something I had been thinking about for a while: going to volunteer in Zanzibar. The night sky and the sunrises have been engraved in my mind, as well as the incredible feeling when I saw that the children in Jambiani now play hopscotch.
On what seemed like any other hot and entertainment afternoon with a simple game, turned out to be an unimaginable experience. Realizing those children were rolling over laughing with something so simple and I was exhausted from playing and laughing. Besides, a few days later I saw that they drew it in their dirt streets to continue playing.
A destination can even be a second opportunity, just like I mentioned when I introduced myself to collaborate in this personal project: L’Antic Garatge. It has allowed me to have another taste of my home, transporting me back to my country, or “la meva terra”, whenever I make a new post, while submerging myself in one of my destinations.
The experiences you go through mean you are not the same person when you return.
I invite you to pack your suitcase and feel that you are no longer the same person.
Thank you Xavier Torres, and thank you Antic Garatge for this journey.