…at least as it pertains to the next few weeks. Last night I was handed this fortune cookie, it could have gone to anyone else but it came to me:
Turns out I am travelling to “many exotic places” with the specific intent of looking within. In less than a week I’ll be jetting my way to the island country of Sri Lanka, where I will spend a week in remote lodge in the mountains near Kandy. It will take me close to 48 hrs to get to my destination, a very very long journey…to a place very very far away. The lodge I chose comes very highly rated (by complete strangers on travelocity) but it’s not the Hilton (which is the point of choosing it). I’m looking forward to getting to the know that family that runs the lodge, wandering around the nearby village, spotting monkeys and birds and visiting a nearby elephant orphanage.
This from the lodge’s website:
“The jungle is filled with wildlife that include 61 different species of birds of which 16 are endemic. Monkeys, barking deer and the giant squirrel roam about during the day while wildboar, owls, flying squirrels and bats appear at night.”
I’m still sorting out what gadgets I will need to take. After Sri Lanka I’ll be heading to India for work so I will be lugging along my laptop, but given the power situation at the lodge, I don’t expect I’ll have much use for it in Sri Lanka. Which is fine, my plan is to go as electronic free as I can. I will have my kindle so I can read some books, my new awesome DSLR camera (this will be its debut trip), and my phone for emergencies. Otherwise, I want to disconnect. I won’t pretend that this “disconnect” plan doesn’t make me a little anxious…I travel quite a bit for work…and do so alone…but this feels different. When I travel for work I stay connected to the world, I have a clear focus on what I want to achieve and when, and even though I may do a tourist side-trip here and there, I never really get out of work mode or take any real time for myself.
But – This trip is about letting my mind completely unwind, to completely let go go of my routines, my obligations, and my expectations. This trip is about waking up each day and allowing it unfold exactly as it will, without an agenda or anyone else’s influence. This trip is about leaving large empty spaces (physical and mental) for new experiences.