I'm not going to lie....this is hard. I´m realizing what a short time a year is to travel the world and it's making me anxious. I'm also realizing that, as much as I feel the need to have a plan so that I see as much as possible; I just can't. What kind of adventure would it be? I was living a comfortable and calculated life before I left. I went to work, hung out with my friends, listened to my favorite music, traveled home to hang out with my family...everything was familiar. I had the subway system of NYC down. I was getting good at my job and had lots of great friends there. I loved New York, loved my family there, and loved everything the City has to offer. You might ask: "why the hell did you leave?" well, I can't answer that. I'm starting to wonder myself. Yeah, I know...it's the middle of week 3. Every day is going to be a challenge. There is no way to calculate anymore. New language, new train system, new food, new people - over and over and over again. And as outgoing as I once was (or thought I was), I'm not anymore. I'm guarded, untrusting, skeptical. And I refuse to ask questions...what's up with that?! Men are from Mars, right? Well, I actually feel like I owe a favor to everyone I ask something of. That makes sense, doesn't it? That´s the environment I was raised in. Any thoughts anyone?
So who is this guy Brandon? Sadly enough, my description formerly would have included something about my job and where I live. Isn't that the common response? So what am I now? Just another traveler? Well, there are millions out here. Anyone can do it. I mean, I was SOMEBODY in new York, wasn´t I? Now who am I? Well, there's definitely no way I can be the coolest hippie on the road. And as far as I'm concerned, I really AM more of an uptight, calculated guy these days...(yeah, yeah...not a peep Mager or Helwig). I'm going to revisit Barcelona tomorrow and see if I can get in the travelers groove. I've gotta chill or the "clan" I attract is going to consist of vacationing consultants. God help me...The following video promotes the recently released book of a friend of mine from New York, Amit - he is the rapping banker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROlDmux7Tk4).