We are all different, we have different tastes and we want to do different things in life, but when we talk about instincts it seems that we all been programmed with the same basic package, among them that explorer spirit that invites us to travel.
Going around the world is a dream that we all share in some way, some of us like to be quite adventurous, others prefer to enjoy it with a luxurious and comfortable touch, but almost always we think it is a desire that seems to be reserved just for few people, the lucky ones with enough money to afford it or brave to let everything behind.
We are few who seriously dare to pay attention to that instinct, to listen to it and follow it until we manage to dominate it. That’s when we feel riding a wild horse in a magic journey.
And this kind of rider become a mysterious guy, between admired and envied, who use to be bombarded with many questions there where he arrived. The most popular questions want to know which one is your favorite country, what is the most dangerous experience from the journey and especially how much money is needed spend and how to manage to finance this life of travels.
For the first question we never know what to say, almost every country we visited, but as that is not a complete answer for most of us we usually say India. The most dangerous situation is when fear appears before a dangerous destination or in one of those hard moments that invites us to stop and forget our dreams until it disappear, and about money … sometimes we get so tired this question that we answer saying that Manu is some distant member of the Spanish Royal family and that we keep traveling with the family fortune.
Although always just an instant later we take a pause and take breath… we force ourselves to remember that those doubts are logical for the people we have in front, independiente if they have been formulated to us in many occasions, then we tell them the truth, that we come from humble families and that the motorcycle we bought it with what we earned as street vendors on the beaches of Mykonos where we sold the crafts that we made ourselves, (a job that we were doing for ten years). When they discover that we started the trip with not much more than the suitcases of our motorcycle loaded with bracelets that we were selling to continue paying the gasoline and food of the trip then they changed their faces and they forgive us the ironic answer of the Royal family.
The beginnings are never easy, but they are much difficult if we make many expectations, if we worry about the dangers that we will face in this new path or if we obsess over thinking that we do not have the money or confidence in ourselves enough to complete the challenge. People use to be addicted of this feeling when their backs are covered always to not arrive to be in bankrupt in the middle of an unknown place. We do not know why almost everyone is concerned about these issues, what we know is that we remember very well that at the beginning of our journey we left without planning practically nothing, we didn´t care for to know where we would go or if we will have money to face our great dream, but we did it. And just the day before we left, the only thing we asked ourselves was things like if the giraffes would cross our road in Africa, if we would arrive to drive our motorcycle up the slope of an active volcano in Indonesia or what the sky would look like at night when we camped in the desert of Atacama
We also realized one thing, that these questions about dangerous and money things came almost always from people who live within a Western system that uses fear and mistrust for those who are different as their main tools to continue controlling our lives, controlling our instincts in exchange for the imaginary pleasure of mass consumption and the sense of security. When we come to a country where this system is not so strong then the human factor comes to light and the questions they ask us are different.
Colombia asks us what foreigners think of their country before coming to visit, Mexicans who when we will be reunited with our family after so long on the road, in Malawi they want to know why we travel, what is our mission. Their neighbors in Tanzania stay in that line and their curiosity for a life on the road leads them to ask us if we do not get bored of traveling so much. Southeast Asia, lovers of motorcycles, want to know the maximum speed of our motorcycle, for Salvadorans Macedonia is an exotic country and they always ask us about typical food from there and that Ivana says a few words in her language, and in Asia and Africa more rural the big question they asked us thousands of times, why we do not have children if we have been together and married for so long.
When we didn´t find the words to give a logical answer to a person so different from us took us sometimes we ended in such strange situations as this time in Sudan when our host wanted to be witnesses and teach us the way of making children, but that story we will tell you in our next post.