Well people, I’m continuing on with my hippie days and Siggy and I are going to a huge camping festival in Portugal. We got tickets a month or so ago – I believe it will be somewhat Woodstock-ish – Peace, love, happiness and what not – You know the gig…
We’ve been living “camping style” for a week now in Spain and I’ve gotta say, it’s been an awesome time. My back hurts each morning from the hard earth that we’re sleeping on in our sleeping bags, suck it up Eryn, but I’m getting used to it, and it’s only 7 euro’s a night, so that’s awesome! I always did like camping… Hmmm, lots of good memories from way back with Mindy and Patsy H. in the pop up…
I’m not sure about all this peace, love and happiness with hundreds of thousands of strangers for an entire 7 days though… This will be quite a unique experience… Drunk, high and sex crazed people for an entire week… Ummmmm… I’ve been known to participate in an afternoon pub-crawl wearing my tutu and lots of fantasy fest activities in Key West over the course of a week, but I always could escape to my own home away from the craziness. Now you’ll have a shared tent amongst thousands in a huge open field… Ummmm…
I may have to look at it from more of a journalist perspective, documenting the behavior of others, more so than a participant to get through an entire week, but I may surprise myself, we’ll see… Your comfort zone may be in the chill out tent… Then again, if I hate it, I’ll get my bag and get the hell out of there… That’s what credit cards are for Eryn…
This was exactly what I wanted from my trip though; to get outside of my comfort zone, push my limits to see what they are, experience new things that I never would’ve dreamt of, and meet interesting new people from all around the world. When I purchased my one-way ticket to India, I wanted the trip to naturally evolve and to remain open to whatever new adventures the universe presented to me… Well, that’s certainly happening…
I suppose I’m really trying to figure out who I am. Certain elements of my childhood caused me to be a people pleaser, so I’ve spent the majority of my life molding myself to fit other peoples’ lives and personalities. So it’s an important element of the trip for me to figure out exactly who I am. But your slight anxiety about the 7 day love fest before you’ve even arrived hints to the fact that you’re probably not a full on hippie… Nothing about this Boom Festival can be easily categorized or referenced on a spreadsheet… But you are creative and artistic and a free spirit – not many would choose to solo travel the world… Hmmm, maybe you’re half a hippie… LOL
So we’ll see how it goes. Me with my recovering type A personality, I may spend my time between rave sessions trying to keep the tent properly organized and clean and be overly paranoid about all the craziness around me. Oh, Eryn, just calm down, relax and enjoy the party…
Yes, I’ll be careful to not let someone spike my drink, and yes, I’ll have my pepper spray with me in case of emergency, and yes, I will be safe in general… And yes, Siggy and I will be looking out for each other… Don’t worry about us.
I will have all my electronics in a locker for the majority of the festival and charging stations will be scarce, so I’m not sure how in touch I’ll be on facebook, phone, the blog, etc… I’m fairly certain wifi is not available, so the blog is definitely out after this post… Anyway, don’t worry if you don’t hear from me, I will have plenty of stories and compromising pictures to share with you, when it’s all over, I’m sure. LOL
P.S. I wanted to tell you more about my friend Siggy… It was bugging me (although it didn’t bug her) that I gave you the nose ring, tattoo, etc. details on my last post, but failed to mention that she’s taking time off from school from her degree in law and international studies… So, yes, she’s an alternative soul, but she’s incredibly intelligent. Just wanted to mention that so you have a more accurate idea of who she is…
Ok, well, I’m off now… We catch two different ride shares today, one taking us from Santander, Spain to more of a major town, and then we catch another one all the way down to the location of the festival in Portugal – probably a 12-hour trip… In a car… With strangers… Trusting them and their cars to get us to Portugal safely… Good times!!! We hope… Horizons and comfort zones exponentially expanding these few weeks… LOL
Here’s a link to the festival if you want to check it out… Aren’t you jealous you’re not joining me? Probably not…
Peace, love and hippie happiness to you all 🙂 See you on the other side… XXOOO
Eryn, our camping memories are the best! Gerald and I actually talk a lot about getting a camper. You are making some wonderful memories! We saw Deb & Deak at Bands on the Beach Tuesday night. I told them how much I’m enjoying your blog. You are a gifted writer! When this is over you need to write about it (a travel book & a novel)!
So glad you are enjoying the blog… It really is amazing to think people from my past, present and some strangers are interested in what’s going on out here in my world… It means a lot! Yes, get the camper – I’ll meet you there! So happy for you and Gerald, by the way… stay tuned for more adventures 🙂 xxoo
Thank you Eryn
Great story you such a smart writer love to read everything about you and Siggy I sure was surprised about Siggys back round I guess I had a different outlook on here glad you mention her background
I did google Boom Festival I think it will be great and safe place so have fun
Hi Lotte – Thanks for checking in… All is well, Siggy and I are still spending time together and having some fun adventures… More on the festival soon… xxooo
Oh my where has the time gone?? I wanted words , you gave them, thanks, but then I didn’t answer! ? Well Im at the office and my day is done. Its hot and sticky but I will do yard work tonight when it cools down to 80 or so. I like to work in the yard when my landlord is not here so I don’t have to talk to him.It sound like you are having soooo much fun in all your adventures . I do know that some of it has been somewhat stressful but you know how to handle it. What a great time of life to push yourself to the edge of You and see what you are really made of. Your doing it ,most can never have the time in life to do this as we must work, have kids ,or care give etc. What are your thoughts of coming back? or do you think you would like to go back to India to live for a while as you once thought of?? No word from Tim at all. It will be a forth of a year on the 10th I think. I say it that way just to show how quickly the time has gone. Im OK about it as I walk it out with God, my best friend , and knowing that He is working it out with Tim. love ya g.
Gail – You hit the nail on the head… I’m out here seeing who I am and seeing what I’m made of. Not really sure of the plan ahead.. I have through the end of October with definite plans in Europe, then possibly Nepal or Thailand through the holiday’s… But those are question marks at this stage. At some point, probably late 1st quarter 2015 I’ll make an east coast tour and visit everyone – of course you will be on the list.
I know Tim will come around and the fences will be mended – in time, I suppose. Thanks for checking in on me and for keeping up with me on the blog… Take care my friend… xxooo
I have enjoyed following your blog. You are one courageous woman!!
The pics of Ireland and Venice bring back so many great memories. Mike and I visited there a few years ago. Hopefully, one day we can get back to Europe. Love it!
So glad to hear your Mom is coming to meet you. She is definitely looking forward to it. Can’t wait to hear about all of her adventures with you. Have fun and stay safe.
Tosha (your mom’s coworker in case you can’t figure out who I am!)
Tosha – Heeellllooooo!!! Thanks for checking in! So good to hear from you.. Of course I remember you. Yes, I’m having a blast out here running into all sorts of interesting experiences… LOL… And I am looking forward to seeing my mom in Germany.
Hey, congratulations on the twins… That’s the most exciting thing ever! Hope you and Mike and the babies are doing well… Maybe we can all get together next time I’m in Atlanta… Check in anytime – and thanks for reading up on my adventures 🙂 Take care