20170511 Colombia Diary

Alright, let’s see if I can keep a decent diary on this trip. Arrived to Bogota fine, underfunded of course, but everything else is okay. Checked into the hostel, the first one is 14 days. It’s cheap, in a safe upscale but not-fun neighborhood. I want to be in Candelaria, and I’m in Chapinero. But that’s fine. They have a desk here so maybe I’ll do the work and study before relocating to the next destination.

As soon as I checked in I called my credit cards to make sure I am well-funded. Turns out I will lose at least 3-4% of my value here with just international bank charges. Then I went to get some cash (hostel is cash-only), and ate. Took a shower, and now I’m in operation.

Airport food was quite bad, and I can already feel myself losing shape. I have a belly. I will need to control quite precisely what I eat. Maybe a daily run would be a blessing.

As a reminder, this really belongs to travel-guide.mobi, but since that infrastructure isn’t setup yet, I’ll just post it here.

The most important things all around are survivability, effectiveness, and attitude.

Let’s talk about traveling for long periods of time, let’s say for 3 months. That’s a pretty long length of travel, and it’s difficult to, you know, quit your job and do a voyage like that. I know people who do it, but I also know that it’s difficult and expensive – in terms of lost wages.

The first time I did the 3 months it was actually 6 months – I extended at the end of the trip for 3 more months. I was working part-time from there, which gradually reduced to 0 and I run out of money and came back to the states.

This is the second time I’m doing it: there are some things at work which cause me to want to take a break, and living in the Silicon Valley is expensive… So I attempt a 3-month international trip.

What I’d like to note is that it was very difficult to do it the first time, but is much easier to do it the second. Maybe it’s because I’m much older now. I went on my 6-month trip in 2010, that was 7 years ago. I must have grown. But in addition to that, no matter what you do, it eventually gets easier, and you may claim to eventually be successful.

From this point of view, lets just assume that whatever you set your mind to, you can succeed. It’ll take years, but it will happen. So what should be the goals? You don’t want to pursue a goal for a decade only to find out that it is empty. What are the goals worth pursuing over the course of a 10-year period?

The goal has to do with people. You cannot live in a vacuum, and not working on social relationships is a harmful non-pursuit. Also, greatness cannot be achieved in isolation: starting a company (or whatever) should be done with people, not as an individual.

Maybe the goal should have something to do with progressing the society as a whole? I am a huge fan of Elon Musk with his notions of Mars colonization and survivability of humans as a species.

Maybe the goal is personal happiness? I have to note that even though I may be on the brink, I am still not fundamentally happy.

And of course, financial independence would be nice. Being able to actually have a comfortable daily burn rate, that would be nice.

And an ability to apply oneself. I need to be able to be addressing some kind of non-trivial questions. And on this note… Let’s continue the study 😉