I am starting a thread on the theme of renewal. Renaming is one way I am finally able to defeat the raining bots that have blocked my postings.
Regardless of this problem posting entries, I am moving on.
I have just returned from vacation. A holiday is an escape from regular life to renew one's energy and perspective. I have indeed returned renewed.
I began a journey to an international meeting where I reconnected with long time friends and made new friends. What brings us together is our shared concern from the biggest problem of the world. We try to get informed ourselves, share information, build our activists' network and engage in common actions to put forward different views and work towards change. This reunion, which takes place very few years, was larger and longer than ever. The quality of participation and presentation is rising. We had important and deep discussions and pledged more joint actions. Newcomers observed and joined us. In sum, this event was a renewal of relationships and thinking. I was exhausted, especially because we did it on a small budget without luxuries. We slept on bunkbeds in dormitories and ate simple, cheap food.
Then I traveled. It is a good way to escape work, worries and routine. Having arranged a vacation housing swap, I stayed in a luxurious apartment for a week while those residents stayed in my not-so-luxurious place. There, it was very comfortable and restful, despite soaring temperatures. Also, the city, being new to me, was an interesting and beautiful place to explore.
After a week in that place, I continued my journey. In the next segment, I retraced a path I had taken as a back-packing youth. This part of the trip served as a good reflection on how my life has unfolded since that first voyage, and it was review of beautiful places that had inspired my young mind. It was good to know that one could set out on an adventure late in life and be just as enthused, inspired and fascinated. Commercialization and tourism have spoiled some places, in my opinion, but it was good to see places that were very meaning to me as well as the history of Europe.
I came home feeling stronger and more confident. I felt accomplished by having successfully taken that journey and carried out all my plans in each stage of it.