哈比女人徒步記 I – Patagonia, Torres del Paine (巴塔哥尼亞,百內國家公園)

山脈、湖泊、原野、河流、冰山、冰川和高峰的巍峨與壯麗,世界五大美景之一毫無保留地從我的腳踝間傾瀉而出。我就站著,心神蕩漾的讚嘆著這片豎立在天與地之間的純粹,豪不費力的征服了這人稱 “登山者的迪士尼樂園”。女人沒有一絲疑惑地為世界驕傲著。

要是. . .人生果真如此,該有多好. . .?
所謂真實人生和虛擬幻想的鴻溝,原來不是腿短矮小的女人可以輕易跨越的。

世界是一本沈重的書。每個章節、頁面都不按牌理出牌,也從不符合你的期待。這本厚重的書有時讀起來異常的吃力,有些情節愉悅有些詭異,有時字眼帶著傷痛,有時故事就只是故事而已。但當所有的吃力都成為了深刻之後,那用汗和淚閱讀到的畫面便放閃著無與倫比的華麗,永存記憶。

而我…總是知道卻總是不理解的在學習解讀它的方式…

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The Hobbit Woman: An Unexpected Trekking Day 1 (Patagonia, Chile)

“Where did you go to, if I may ask?’ said Thorin to Gandalf as they rode along.
To look ahead,’ said he.
And what brought you back in the nick of time?’
Looking behind,’ said he.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

One always knew but never really knows, said Ti.

The world beneath my sore flat feet expanded into the horizon like a great book with endless pages and chapters. Each page filled with dramatic twists and turns and plots that were absurdly unexpected, unusually painful, and only laughable when all the tears and sweat are drained completely. My virgin trekking, staggered by dramatic nature of rocks, rivers, lakes, and the Andes, sets me out to uncover beyond the world that was in front of me but also the world I thought was left behind. Stuck between the interminable mountains, I stood short at the end of the world, breathless, clueless, and regretful. And all I could do was to keep walking ahead and forward… because, seriously, where else the fuck could I go?

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女人與海:Valparaíso, Chile 瓦爾帕萊索, 智利

世界的動盪,也會隨著日子的姿態而寧靜下來。

思緒像海潮一般的來,那是不能自己的事。一開始,我有個很簡單的念頭:我想要跨越一片陸地,去遇見未來的自己。我所嚮往的純粹並簡單的生活方式,不僅要一步步地去建立它,更要一點點的去放掉它。

有一種陪伴,不帶虛榮,沒有任何地掩飾,在所有的缺點與陰暗面都暴露出來之後,還能夠溫柔地陪伴彼此在時間和空間的隙縫中。

從大城市飛到大城市飛到另一個大城市,才慢慢跟著巴士遊移近兩個小時到鄰近靠海的小城鎮。出了Santiago之後風景就轉換了。房子變少了,大樓都消失了,沿途是一片片荒地和偶時出現的小小規劃住宅區。我一邊努力地和暈車保持鎮定,一邊想像住在這所有房樓都長一樣的人們過的是什麼樣的生活?樸素的人們,進進出出樸素的房子與車子,是否也像被寵壞了的我們一樣為了生活掙扎著?

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First Stop: Stillness in Miami

“One only understands the things that one tames,” said the fox. “Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends anymore. If you want a friend, tame me…”
–  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Officially on the go – I am traveling down the earth to collect sunsets like The Little Prince, taming that fox inside of me, sitting down a little closer, every day.

Calm water, that’s January in Miami. Every moment counts, I say. It took me two years and a bit more to get on this trip: a six-month backpacking trip across South America. Miami is a soft starting point before it all begins (because it was the cheapest way to fly).

Two years ago I had the impulse to take off. Two years later I followed up, gave up my job, a stable income, a home, a car, two dear cats, too many books, too many shoes, too many closets, too many comforts, and too many responsibilities. I packed up everything and walked away with “only” a sixty liter Gregory backpack and a carry-on.
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倒數計時:南美洲 – 背包旅行

浩瀚,不是接下來的未知,而是我那巨大無比的心靈。

像吞了日光一般,身體的內處正灼熱著。 炙熱的是心嗎?那燃燒的感觸,滾燙著,在指頭上,也在心上。我已經等不及要出發了。

出門前,先把背景交代清楚: 有一些事,計畫了沒說;一次下決定,一次一起做。
小姐再20天就滿三十歲。我決定去一趟六個月的南美洲背包旅行,所以工作辭了,車賣了,二貓留下了,所有心愛的書阿、衣服阿、鞋阿也都擱下了。就是需要的西班牙文倒是還沒學上。這一趟是想丟棄伴隨我長大的北美生活方式。用與城市無關的姿態,和朝九晚五不同的節奏,忠於自己的步調去南美洲大步伐的閒逛六個月。 Read More