Last month, I met Vraja, the Hare Krishna devotee . He has this really long Spiritual name which I can hardly pronounce. I texted him.
“What do they call you? Your name is really long. Haha”
“Haha. You can call me Prabhu. The devotees in the temple call each other Prabhu which means Master. We believe that we can learn from each other and that is also a sign of humility”
Vraja is a wise man. He chews and spits wisdom.
I am a traveler. Some think I am a hardcore traveler. But I just consider myself a semi-hardcore traveler. When I hear the word “hardcore traveler” it gives me the impression that you have to meet the following criteria:
1. You quit your job to travel.
2. You left everything behind.
3. You couchsurf and hitchike.
4. You only book a one-way ticket to God knows where.
5. You hate package tours.
I only couchsurf and hate package tours. That makes me a semi-hardcore traveler.
Last weekend, I joined my girlfriend’s family trip in Baguio. I had a great time because my gf’s siblings taught me a great lesson: Be curious at all times.
I have traveled Baguio loads of time. When we were kids, we go there every year. That’s where I learned how to skate under Sir Ed’s supervision, our “skating instructor” in Camp John Hay. Baguio is the place where I realized that I am afraid of heights. It is also the place where I conquered that fear.
I even worked there for a couple of months when I was still employed by a nutrition company. From a stressful environment in the office, Baguio is a breath of fresh air.
Traveling in Baguio became a routine. Its just another “home” for me. I took it for granted. Everything is ordinary. There is nothing new anymore.
That’s the danger of being a frequent traveler. You tend to take things for granted. The familiarity is a disease that you cannot even notice.
This place looks like this place. That place looks like that place. This road feels like I’m back in this road. Again, the familiarity disease.
Be Curious at all times! That’s how the Cabrera siblings do things. They have been to Baguio but not as often as I do. Everything still looks amazing and fresh for them. Every road. Every flower. Every mountain. Every tree. Every taxi. Every vendor. Every person. Every experience.
I have heard some cliches from them like “It feels like we are in a giant freezer.” Cliche, but it still feels funny.
One of them saw this violet chili. I have seen this plant for the nth time. But her excitement made me want to buy the plant and keep it.
I am a traveler. Some think I am a hardcore traveler. But I just consider myself a semi-hardcore traveler. When I hear the word “hardcore traveler” it gives me the impression that you have to meet the only criteria: CURIOUS.
“You can call me Prabhu. The devotees in the temple call each other Prabhu which means Master. We believe that we can learn from each other and that is also a sign of humility”
I have learned from my Masters..