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Turning Points: The Fallout – I walk alone now.

August 2, 2011

This was the moment when I became a lone traveler forever on that first trip to Europe and it defined my personality in ways that I’m still discovering. This is why we travel. This is what it means to find yourself:

Sunday 29/5/2005 23:02 – Probably Madrid

Pedro and I decided to go our separate ways. We’re still doing Toledo tomorrow (though basically separately) and that’ll be that. I’m a little bummed when I realize that I’m all alone. It hits when all the people are out of the room and I realize I’m on my own in Europe. But the plan is to move on. I’m meeting cool people all the time and now I have someone to go to Lisbon with. Earlier today I decided to get off my ass and see a bit of Madrid so I tagged along with a couple of Indian guys from DC and saw the Prado which is better with the audio tour.

I have no idea ho I’m going to get through this now. I find it impossible to enjoy myself ever since the 4:30 incident* in San Sebastian and now I’m by myself. I’m ridiculously homesick but never before have I been aware of being my own person. A practical downside of losing Pedro in this trip is that he did all the planning till this point. To enjoy myself I’ll have to get a guidebook tomorrow and keep on trucking. Curious that I’m reading the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galazy. “Don’t Panic” seems like a great idea right now.

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* The 4:30 incident was a hard thing to take at 19 years old. A girl I met stole my hat in a bar in San Sebastian the previous day. She promised to give it back to me at four thirty. We’d meet by the beach. She never showed. She stole my damn hat dude. She stole my hat and all I got to keep was a picture of bite marks on my neck.

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  1. August 2, 2011 6:27 am

    “She stole my damn hat dude.” – Funniest thing you ever wrote!!

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