hitting the dusty trail

OK.  Finally I have done every thing that needs to be done before I hit the dusty trail.  The plan is to hobo around Europe for 3 weeks mit packed out 4×4 and tent.  I have a very loose plan, but mainly plan to play it by ear and see what happens.  On the list of countries to visit are:

The Netherlands
Belgium
Luxembourg
Germany
Czech Republic
Hungary
Italy
Liechtenstein
Switzerland

Apart from Hungary and Germany, it’s been at least 15 years since I last visited these countries. The first time around I was a brand new wet behind the ears 2nd Lieutenant Infantry officer serving with the Black Knights (3rd of the 5th Cavalry Regiment).  My fascination with Europe was born of my love of history.  I found it extra-ordinary to be visiting countries I had only read about in my youth and in my studies as a history major at university.

This time around I am going back a little older, a little wiser.  The question I am holding in my mind as I travel this time is: how do you have an authentic spiritual experience in a society that values materialism over the soul? Kind of a heavy question for what’s meant to be a vacation.  But it’s a working vacation.  Besides as the saying goes, “If you love what you do and do what you love; you’ll never work another day in your life.”

I do hope to update the blog from time to time while I am on the road. We’ll see how I get on.

Imagine me now, standing out my back door and howling to the moon.  Howling a joyous howl of freedom, power, and connection…a primal howl of a beast roaming the plains, embracing life as one should embrace life with total abandon.

One last thing before I sign off, last night I gave a talk on mandalas for the Kent and East Sussex NLP Practice Group. I received some superb feedback from many of the attendees, which is nice high note to finish on before holiday.

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