This is one of the most spectacular sights I have ever seen…since I came screaming out of my mother’s womb! For you that are still adding things to your bucket list, I recommend moving this to the top! I tell everyone if you are coming to Thailand and only see one thing; this is it! Sukhothai; over 700 years old, video coming soon! What does this have to do with my walk? A lot, it’s an indescribable feeling you get knowing other people took these same steps thousands of years ago.
WHAT WILL BE THE LESSON!
I wish I could answer that! Next year, I will. This blog has turned into a combination of my 484-mile walk from France to Spain and what is going on in my life in Thailand. That was not’t my plan, but that is the way it’s turning out. Actually, the two is part of the same. The journey to discover more about myself and the world, we live in I keep asking myself how this new life I have; get any better. However, it does, every day I am bewildered how at peace I really am.
I live a very constrictive life on my low-income from S.S. yet I have all my needs meet. Plus the important part I am happier than I have ever been! I live in a cozy small studio apartment (for about $100 a mo.) plenty of food and have a motorbike. I even go out for dinner quite often and enjoy my $1-$2 dinner. I have discovered if you add something to the rice it can become very tasty. I am at about a 10% stress level (don’t want to get to zero because that indicates I am not doing anything) my biggest expense is saving my money to pay for my flights back to the US and next year to Spain.
My exercise program, I am precisely on track, swimming and walking every day. My packing list is coming right along. Tent, I will order soon, backpack, done, sleeping bag I will get during my visit to the US at Christmas. The shoes are the most important part of all this. I am going to order MBT boots on eBay. The feet are the biggest problems people have on the walk. So I tell my feet every night how much I love them; I hope they return the favor.
My walking with ‘no money” has turned into an international controversial subject. I have been criticized by many, saying that I will be prying on others for my survival. To answer that “YES” I will not ask anyone for money but will ask for food. I still believe that most people in their heart really want to help another in need. I guess I will find out if I am wrong!
Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t…. Eleanor Roosevelt
Hay, you have to watch this 90 second video I made when I went out to the Night Bazaar for my $1 dinner. This little girl playing on the Violin. My favorite song “OVER THE RAINBOW” click HERE.
Below is a page out of someone’s journal who recently took the Camino walk.
Therouanne – Amettes
On the road at 7:30. Very foggy all morning with dripping trees. Heavy traffic, not so nice for walking on busy roads.
A steady, relentless climb out of Therouanne, on the pretty River Lys. These little towns mean one thing: descents into valleys and climbs out, although not as steep as on the Via Podensis. Compared to the VP, the VF is quite flat (so far).
Sometimes friends ask if I get bored walking alone, day after day. Never! I often get lost in reflection and occasionally walk almost on autopilot. Walking provides many excellent opportunities for reflection. Apart from the joys of the natural world, one constantly sees things that are interesting. You can also ponder philosophical questions: what is happiness? We talk about it so frequently, and pursue it so relentlessly; but the nature of happiness is by no means a simple matter and we often pursue empty paths to happiness. Think about it next time you are out for a walk.
More next week, Love, Jim
I was very disappointed this week just 2 people said they would donate one penny per mile of my 484-mile walk for the kids in Kenya. That’s only $4.84 total! Thanks to all of you that already said “YES.” You don’t have to pay until I finish. You noticed I didn’t say “IF” 3 words I don’t use anymore; if, can’t & impossible, just drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to my list. Hey, it’s only $4.84. More info on where it will be going and how your donation will be spent, coming soon.