Paul

Today I want to write about a very inspiring and special human being I came across during my travels. His name is Paul, originally born in mainland Australia, and now living in beautiful Tasmania.

This is Paul!

For Tasmania I decided to travel a different way – this time it wouldn’t be by motorbike or public transport – this time I chose to hitchhike! On reflection, hitch-hiking was a very positive experience, even though it required a bit of readjusting for me, I do not regret a single bit having done it!

Paul came to my life in one of the longest hitch-hiking days, where in an entire day and six different rides, I had travelled only a few hundred kilometres. Perhaps this was the Universe balancing things out?

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William Butler Yeats

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

– William Butler Yeats

Delightful solitude at Lake Waikareiti 

After a rather strenuous trek for my unfit body, my heavy backpack and I reached our destination: Lake Waikareiti. I couldn’t have been luckier with the spot, not a single soul made an appearance in the whole time. Delightful solitude!

I took my clothes off and started walking into the lake. I stopped and faced its immensity. Water surrounded me in all directions. A feeling of euphoria and ‘rightness‘ invaded me. Having such a place all for myself felt truly blissful.

Although I had brought my tent, I spent most of the time at the DOC’s Hut located right in front of the lake’s shore. The living room was equipped with a fireplace, running water, a bench, and a table. Basic but sufficient. When sitting at the table I faced a huge window with a panoramic view of the lake. Maybe ‘basic but sufficient‘ was an understatement?

The idea behind these days was to catch up with myself and reconnect with Nature. To do so, the basic premise was not to use screens, technology or clocks. The focus was on following my inner rhythms and what felt right at each particular point in time, practising mindfulness. If I felt like eating, I would eat. If I felt like sleeping, I would sleep. If I felt like having a siesta in the sun… Well, I had brought my hammock for a reason, right?

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