Aristillus

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Some sort of lament (unfinished)

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I scribbled this on a piece of paper, hungover, sipping coffee alone in Z on a sunny Saturday morning a few weeks ago.

You caught my eye that morning
sitting across the room.
Watching me blabber about something.
I smiled at you
you smiled
because it was a sunny day?

In the evening, later
You came up to me
and sat across the table
sipping beer
We talked about the day
The nice people around us.

We discussed your research
and watched a friend
get a waitress's phone number
You said
I shouldn't be shy
I could get a phone number if I wanted to.

The topic drifted to places we'd been
the tourists in your home town
how many were from Hollandesa
and why.
You said Spanish girls like Dutch boys
I don't know.

You said it it was hard to hear me
from opposite the table.
So you sat next to me
Your lips next to my ear
Your face close
to mine.
It was a really loud bar.

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October 20, 2012 at 15:09

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Dreams of Vagabonding

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On a recent trip to Spain I bought and read Rolf Potts excellent “Vagabonding”. I was reluctant to get a “self-help” book, but it was not too bad.

The author clearly has done a lot of travelling and the book has a lot of useful (and practical) advice. Some of the advice is specific to vagabonding, but a lot of it also applies to being on the road in general. Well worth a read if you do any kind of travel outside of your home country. He also kept an on-line travelogue about travelling round the world without baggage, which is also worth a look.

I still have vague plans to go vagabonding, but the thought of quitting my job and packing up my stuff and leaving everybody behind for more than a month or two still scares me too much at the moment.

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June 2, 2011 at 16:56

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