Keeping it cool in Catalonia

Walking into the unknown…

Working the tan again

I´m excited about the world; the unknown; and the limitless options I have right now, in this moment, as I hold the world in the palm of my hands. I sit here browsing voluntary opportunities in Granada, Spain – one of my many destinations. My body tingles as I feel the adventure, my mind races. A month from now anything could happen…

I could find myself on a farm in the Sierra Nevada looking after the horses, and riding them in my spare time; I could find myself wondering the capital of Madrid, sitting on some grass, and watching the world go by; I could find myself on an interesting road trip down the coast listening to The Forrest Gump soundtrack, and drinking decaffeinated coffee; or I could even find myself staying longer in Catalonia, exploring the endless hiking trails; or who knows what else.

Why not? Anything is possible right now. My motto is “think BIG, and always keep an open mind”. Opportunities are all around us, we just have to take them when they come. People say I´m lucky, I just say I´m prepared. When I feel myself saying no to an opportunity, I say yes!

Inspirational writing…

New baby goat

I read a quote today on some traveller´s blog post,

“One life. Just one. Why aren’t we all running like we are on fire towards our wildest dreams?”

Sometimes we lose ourselves and stray from the most fundamental thing in life. We focus so much on routine and time races by – our most important commodity. I have strived all my life for adventure, and now, at this very moment in time, I am living the life I want. I´m living for the here and now, for this very moment in time, not in the past, nor the future. As the past cannot be changed, and the future is only changed by the here and now. People spend so much time building the future in their heads, they lose a sense of what truly defines the future, the present.

Why I travel…

Into the valley

Travel is an adventure, it´s something you feel inside, it´s not something which can be bought. Trying to explain this to people has always been difficult for me, another quote from the same blog post sums it up pretty nicely.

“Why do birds migrate? They can’t explain why, they just do. They’re overcome with an urge to go a certain way and they get where they need to go because of it.“

When I talk to people about travelling, all I ever hear are excuses about why they can´t travel. To all those people, stop making excuses and start planning for the life you want, don´t give up, if you really, truly want anything in this world, you will get it.

Re-aligning one´s self…

Hiking path right outside the farm house

I´ve been reading an interesting book recently as I rummaged through Vivien´s book shelf. It´s called “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships”. I´ve started to become interested lately in self-help books, so naturally I picked it off the shelf. After an hour of reading I was amazed! For me, the book is great as it´s helped me communicate my feelings with people when they´ve upset me, and it´s even managed to help me unlock some deep emotions and understand how to handle them to make positive changes in my life. It´s changing my life for the better, and anything that does this is a real bonus.

My second family…

Family BBQ

The people I´m staying with are the most wonderful people I´ve ever met. I consider them as my own family, and will definitely be back here to see them again. On a very good note, my mum is coming to stay for a week. It´s the first time she´s been abroad since she was 18, as such, it´s going to be a great week for us, and I can´t wait to see her – it´s been 6 months!

Work hard, play harder…

Alex and her lil sister

I´ve been working at the farm mostly. I spend most of my days painting in the sun with my top off – working on my super tan of course! I am hopefully going to make a visit to Port Aventura which is 30 minutes away – how could I possibly resist, the weather is heating up, it now averages 24c and the BBQ has been getting hammered, what´s more perfect than a BBQ and a beer on a beautiful sunny day in paradise.

Moving south where the sun shines harder…

Django in the field

I have started making plans for early June, I have made contact with some people in Granada, and they have accepted me. There are many other places to stay around Granada, so I can see myself spending a few months there in the Summer – can´t wait!

Until next time guys, peace and love, Jonathan x

p.s – I upload new photos quite regular, and sometimes a new video, don´t forget to check my twitter for regular updates!

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3 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    Hi Jon,

    Sounds like your adventure is going great, and still so much to come.

    You’re right about one thing Jon, you’re not lucky. It’s not luck that sees you having a great time travelling around experiencing new things. You worked hard and saved up the money, you quit your job and you went looking for adventure. You deserve all the good times you’re having.

    Chris

  2. Polina says:

    Hola, Jonathan, (tu parles déjà l’espagnol, non:))
    great to see the familiar faces of the Huesca Family!
    your post is very inspiring, indeed

    I think you are lucky de toute façon, not because you travel and have a good time and meet extraordinary peoples 🙂 (this is not luck but the fruit of your work and character …) but because you were born in the country and in the family which permitted you to study and to do what you wanted. this is a real chance, IMHO.,..

    So now to Granada?

  3. Dan says:

    Dude, Granada is a cool place, Linley lived there for a year and I went to see him. It’s full of gypos it’s odd – I’m sure you will like it!

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