TravelsPosted by Andreas Ingo Thu, February 20, 2014 12:52:49
What a fucking party! :)
Two bars, three beers, one nightclub, two shots... A lot of people just letting go, dancing in the night, a lone philosopher just taking it all in, talking with another guy about eastern and western philosophy.
It was the night of my life.
Went in to it with the intention of letting go, giving up comfort, going into undiscovered country. Just letting the energy of the party take hold of me, bringing me into oneness with the night.
Incredible people at the party.
One said that Barcelona is the whole of earth concentrated in one place and time. People singing together, laughing, dancing... Young people from all nations.
I found out that the people going to parties really can be intellectuals like myself. Talked with one about Soren Kirkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche and Jiddu Krishnamurti.
The philosophy of giving up the ego by negation of time:
Freedom from the known, embracing pure spirit, and dedicating your life to pure creation.
A prison wall cracked in my mind.
I saw that I was the right guy at the right time.
It seems like downhill from here. ;)
TravelsPosted by Andreas Ingo Tue, February 18, 2014 21:18:34
What a night!
Spent time with two backpackers at the youth-hostel, just taking a
cigarette and talking about social-welfare. Well, it was different...
I`m hounted by a feeling of Barcelona: Of being back in another time, a
time when the ghosts of Barcelona were living. Walking in deserted
streets, followed by strange men...
I have tried to put words on my search... It`s the search for "the secret", not the spiritual "truths" of the past, but rather the secret of myself, my individuality, my person.
From now on I`m going for these places.
The places that aren`t obvious: Not grand, not ugly, just interesting.
Talking with people, but not the easy ones, rather the silent
wanderers... I want to find out their secret. Not their beliefs, but
Coming closer to the reason I`m out here, hounted by the past.
I guess that`s why I`m writing.
TravelsPosted by Andreas Ingo Fri, February 14, 2014 20:21:20
Finally arrived at a public library in Barcelona. :)
I`ve had astral travels in libraries like this! Double-floor, another country, alien shapes just sitting there, not talking. :)
I`m completely satisfied for the moment. I have long searched for a sense of completeness. Today I arrived at that moment. My problem haven`t been a lack of work or no revolution, no vision. My problem have rather been a lack of enjoyment: The sense of life walking in alien streets, watching the Spanish sunset and the lights coming on.
I read from a book large as a table. :) Geological wonders of the earth!
I ate food at a chinese restaurant. Spent money hard worked for. It was a sense of bliss. Aborgine with special rise and some peculiar beer, you get what you pay for. :)
Then I walked the streets again, on the surface very normal, but so normal they triggered my curiosity: Here we had high-rises just like in any european city! It didn`t feel like Barcelona at all.
Thought about life and art.
The two worlds are coming together... Art cannot replace real experience, but life without art is incomplete, not fully human. You need inspiration, you need experience, you need people at your side. But it`s also another side of life: The unselfish pursuit of excellence, something to live and die for.
Of course I`m talking about *my* path here, not others. :)
Perhaps all is love in the end. :)
TravelsPosted by Andreas Ingo Wed, February 12, 2014 18:55:58
I will never forget this day.
I thought the best part of this trip was over but I was wrong again. Now I walked in the old parts of Barcelona (El Gotic), in hunt for an art-gallery and found the Picasso museum.
I never had such an overwhelming feeling about art! Especially a painting from Picasso`s later years, in his own style... It was a feeling of being in hell and at the same time coming to paradise.
Exactly like this trip has been: The hardest thing I ever have done but at the same time the most rewarding. It seems everything extraordinary takes extraordinary effort.
Then I lost myself in the old quarters and found a great restaurant serving lasagne for 6.50 Euro. It was completely delicious, great music, atmospheric lights hanging from the roof, the right gothic feeling of old Barcelona...
A beer and the buzzing sounds from artistic people.
I was completely lost and tears came up in my eyes.
Truly overwhelming. :)
TravelsPosted by Andreas Ingo Thu, January 30, 2014 15:14:13
It's all like a movie. Like something I couldn't do but did anyway.
I took a flight to Barcelona, leaving the cold weather of sweden and took my chances in spain. To say I was frightened is an understatement. I confronted fear of death, realizing that if I didn't do it I would never do it later.
It's one thing to travel with others, another thing to do it by yourself.
Everything I had inside of me came up to the surface: Fears, a lot of fears. Fears of getting robbed, fears of getting lost, fears of losing sanity by new experiences. Also, my physical condition wasn't good enough.
But I realized that in order to get something you have to risk something. Confronting death and moving beyond it.
Barcelona is paradise. I had high expectations for the city but they were surpassed by a great margin.
Life in Barcelona is extraordinary. I see bikers, surfers, skaters and guitar players. The archtecture is fabulous. I love how the city is built at the seaside and has several mountains. It's a feeling of high-life, also night-life and many parties.
I live at a youth hostel, for the special price of 6.50 € / night. Barcelona is cheap if you don't buy anything. The best things in life are free, especially being social and talking spanish which I will try to do.
With that said I buy icecream, coffe and some tapas, this is a trip for a lifetime.
Great people! I already have talked to australians, iranians and italians. Backpackers everywhere.
What does it all come down to?
Personal development. Watching the wonders of life, going beyond my limits and enjoying life at the same time.
I have already realized several things about myself: That I love skating, talk english fluently and are a sucker for hights.
I love to be caught up in the wonder. When nothing is certain and I have to learn new skills and open up myself to new possibilities.
Meeting a girl even, something I rarely do.
So far: The trip to Barcelona is the best thing I ever have done and also the hardest.
I love it!