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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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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