Day to Day
04-07 Evening walk in Amsterdam with my dad Ad and his girlfriend India, her son Luis and my brother and sister Johannes and Noortje.
On the way to Spain
11-07 First stop, 900kilometers done
The most beautiful thing on the way to my holiday in Spain was in the middle of France were With my dad, Luis and my brother in a van I was driving on empty roads next to the beautiful blue Loire with its green hills and castles, sometimes followed by expensive looking race cars, all the way past Bordeaux, with the beautiful landscape of the Provence, with sunflowers and lavender fields.
In the Pyrenees the mountains were really impressive, but driving was tricky for me.
Work on the road in the middle of Spain
In Madrid I saw the center were there was a protest against the big banks and the politics. Madrid is impressive, especially at night.
In the south of Spain in Andalusia were beautiful round hills, palm trees and golden sunlight.
Cadiz, the last part of the trip to Arcos
2012 Spain, Arcos the la frontera
In the camping near a small village in Andalucia I had the feeling that I was finally really on holiday without the need to do a lot. I swam a lot, did some kind of baseball, cooked, sold products, worked at the bar, ate ice creams, talked to a lot of people and got to know people better.
But the tension came back when I asked myself what I wanted to do in my life, how I saw myself and what I wanted to study. I was confused with different studies and countries, there were so many options. I could study philosophy, but why? Do I really like it enough? And could I just have things as hobbies instead of studying it? What about geography? Or ecology? Or liberal arts? Or maybe a combination with music? What about politics?
Do I really need to have a high universal degree or would I be happy being a rescue worker or travel guide? Am I a man for business? And what about teaching? Is it important to get rich?
And can I do what I really want? How do I find out what I want?
06-08 After a nice time working and being on the camping I slept together in the tent with two lovely friends; with Aurora from Spain and the last day with Maria from Brasil.
In de night we said goodbye to her.
Finally I felt sure that I had more feelings for Aurora than just good friendship. She had some good response but I wanted her to know it, but I was afraid to tell her.
07-08 A lovely show at night with dancing and acting from the young people with also Aurora. Later I told her I wanted to speak with her and she went with me and I expressed my feelings. Her reaction was ‘I knew it!’ She wanted to be sure about her own feelings, she hadn’t thought about me this way. I had a good feeling about it and was happy that I had been able tell her.
08-08 Another day with sports, spending time with Aurora and watching a movie together. But I didn’t feel sure if I could kiss her and if she really loved me. But later it became clear she felt the same way, and we spent the next nights together in my tent.
09-08 It was the day my sisters and my mum left to the Netherlands, but I have too much other feelings to realize I’m gonna miss them for five months.
10-08 Aurora was working making pan cakes with ice cream. I spent a lot of time there and we had a great time.
11-08 Both of us got wounded on our feet, walking bar feet all the time, but her support, (and hopefully mine too) felt great.
12-08 It was the last day of the camping. Aurora will stay with a friend in Castillon for five days and we have to say goodbye for now. Her mother Antonia invites me to bring her away, and to stay at her house for a night.
13-08 The next day I help them cleaning the tea house and later we go together with other friends of her to the lake in Algar. It was completely abandoned after a while, and we were watercycling around beautiful hills and nature. The water was clean enough that I could drink from it!
14-08 I went with my dad Ad, his girlfriend India, her son Luis and my brother to Jerez, for Luis’s birthday. Him and my brother went to the cinema and the adults and me went into town and I bought new shoes.
16-08 Ad and India show me Ronda, a beautiful city with huge bridges and buildings that remind me of Lord of the Rings (Minas Tirith) and they bring me to a restaurant were we can see the city and the sunset.
17-08 They also show me Cadiz, with really nice people and a beautiful sunset at the beach haven, walking on a huge fort, build to protect against the pirates and invaders.
18-08 Antonia brings me with her to wait for Aurora, who comes back from Castillon to Sevilla. Aurora and me see the city and find a beautiful place under a bridge.
19-08 Antonia is 50 and for her birthday my dad Aurora and me sing and play guitar.
19-08 – 21-08 I live with Aurora, and forget the world.
22-08 Together with India, Ad, Luis, my brother, Antonia and Aurora we go to the beach in Cadiz were we have a boat, were swimming is dangerous cause I had to bring two people back to the coast and were I had so much enjoyment with Aurora.
23-08 I see Aurora’s friends in a swimming pool were I’m actually not allowed to be;)
Later she show’s me the lake near her house.
25-08 We eat together with friends.
26-08 It’s the last day together. I feel stressed, I work a lot to pack my things and make this blog. But when Aurora comes to me I feel a lot better.
27-08 Today I arrive in Los Angeles and stay with a friend that I met last year in the camping place in Spain. I have not yet planned what I will do in the next three months…