An Open Letter To My Madrid Friends
What can I say about my time in Madrid? After a month of sorrow from my grandfather’s passing, getting away from everything (and without a cold) to reflect on life was quickly becoming a critical requirement.
I left England expecting to hostel hop around Spain, but in the end spent the entire week in the capital. This was due to one thing – people. Living in London, let alone England, can be a depressing life. Everyone has so much, but at the same time, so little.
Having returned to stormy England, I’ve come away from my week with a rekindled passion for the road, the people that enthusiastically inhabit it and the sheer ecstatic feeling that comes from sharing your life with strangers.
Everyone knows who they are and the memories I’ll take away, both in my mind and in the book I made everyone sign, will be with me forever. Japan ignited my love affair for meeting new people and Spain has confirmed it for me.
Goethe – “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
The only problem now is that I have to visit America, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, Quebec and all the other cultures that have briefly, but undoubtedly, enriched my life.
To do what I do is thanks to the lifetime of support from my friends and family, as well as the determination to achieve what I want without negative people rubbing off on me.
I think being in a situation like Madrid or Japan is the only real time outside of family where I feel truly content with myself, the image I project and the quality of my life.
Oh, and the beautiful women that were just too much fun to describe definitely help.
And Leo, the Australian who is a living example of just how easy it is to travel the world for extended periods of time. To him I am eternally grateful for putting up with my excruciatingly bad Australian accent and for hanging out for the week. He’s taught me more about myself in 6 days than many of my friends have in 6 years.
There are too many people to thank so from the bottom of my heart, I end with a simple ‘stay in touch’ and see you all soon.
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