Michel: "I believe all of you who have been to the most colourful, gigantic and exciting country of India can appreciate how its country men are lovely and sweet AND how they express themselves: if you’re just about to order a fruit-smoothie, getting out of the cheap bus after a bumpy and long-distance drive or having a typical small-talk to rickshaw-drivers – locals quite often do come up with their friendly smiling faces and ask you, the foreign traveler, the following two questions: “WHAT HAPPEN?” (sic!) and “WHY LIKE THIS?”. These questions can really occur in any situation and wherever you are. Just imagine how cool that is, especially when it doesn’t fit in the situation, … I myself admit I haven’t fully gotten the whole picture yet and still enjoyed to use those two simple rhetoric questions a lot, because – as I realised through time and frequent usage - those two expressions are not only great conversation-starters but can be used pretty much all the time when speaking to another person. And do you know why? Because in the life of anybody something (positive/negative/funny or whatever) has happen/ed and there’s always a reason, why it turned out to be like this – therefore you can always come back to those questions, even without knowing the person. In this column I’m answering the questions “WHAT HAPPEN?” and “WHY LIKE THIS?” Basically, so that you can understand that it wasn’t only a madmen’s idea of mine to HITCHHIKE To INDIA, but instead done with good intentions and with a focus on the moment… Through Yoga I – am so happy to have learned from the best and – can remember that it is most important NOT WHAT THE RESULT IS LIKE, BUT HOW YOU DO IT AND HOW IT FEELS LIKE TO YOU …
Here we go with the 1. part:
1. HITCH’n’HIKE is the best travel mode.
I knew it already before: travelling itself is absolutely a great guru: by getting out of your comfort zone and stepping into the unknown, the traveller is illuminating the darkness within him/herself and also on the map. And through earlier experiences I knew as well that the travel-mode of hitchhiking, which means to wait and to hope for cars and other vehicles to stop by to bring you closer to your (daily-) destination – is by far the best way to get to know yourself, the people and the planet. In particular as long as you do have enough time but not enough money, and if you’re a fan of adventures. That’s been my case and so I’ve started in the very north of Germany and celebrated the months of hitchhiking through 13 different countries on my way to arrive in India…I can say, that I feel very, very, very blessed from outer circumstances, such as the fantastic weather throughout my time in the nature; and kissed by life for all the wonderful people that I have met on the roads – they have been the best ever, really: For example, they were so kind and generous and beautiful and every now and often picked me up, even though I looked rusty sometimes I believe… and the special foods I was able to taste with them, in the different countries at their private homes, that was so super yummy and regionally traditional, and even for my special demands only plant based, yessssss!!!! The adventure-traveler who wants to meet and greet with most interesting people – locals and travelers – should give hitchhiking a try, whereas for reasons of safety I’d recommend a woman not to travel alone."
Oh so great - thank you Michel for sharing. I am very much looking forward to part 3 next week!
Michel is back in Germany and ready to teach some yoga nationally and pass on his experience. Here you go to LOVENLAUGH