If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all. – Dan Rather
(*if you are illiterate or hate reading feel free to scroll down and just watch the video :) After spending a little over a month in Denver, Colorado after nearly three and a half-years of backpacking round the world, I'm back out on the road with no signs of stopping or slowing down, and while I had a chance to catch up with family and friends in the Mile High City, many people were very curious of course about my travels, obviously, and of course those that have returned home from extended travels, especially to multiple destinations, I get asked, "So, what was your favorite place?" I pause and think, where do I even begin. It is normally around this time that people realize I have a rolodex of memories and then they often ask me, "What was some of the more interesting things you have seen or done?" My response is, "well, how much time do you have?" Thankfully the reverse-culture shock wasn't nearly as I had expected, but to be fully honest I often felt sad for many people drowning in debt, buying things that aren't entirely necessary, and just overall not much has really changed for many in this amount of time. After reconnecting with my best friend Josh, I told him it's frustrating because I want to shake people and grab them and bring them along with me to experience how freeing it can be to live with minimal possessions, to wake up without the stress of; Am I going to have a job tomorrow? Will I be able to make this credit card or car payment this month? I hope I don't get sick or need surgery, that would cripple me financially. Even through all the various conversations I had with people, I felt as though much of my words fell on deaf ears, and I wanted to throw out a challenge and see if someone ANYONE from the United States would be willing to see if they can spend an entire weekend without electricity, and see how much this may change their family-life dynamics and productivity. Anyways, I've gotten off point as usual, but here is a video I edited of where I live in Seoul. The reason this came to me was not only questions about what living in a megacity with twice the population and the second highest population density for a city in the world. I'll never forget over lunch treating my friend Andrea to a nice sushi lunch downtown she asked if I had friends in Korea? I was a bit surprised because I've lived here for a year and yes I have plenty of friends. And, later on my younger sister told me that if I felt as though I wanted to come back to Colorado that I should. I love them both very much, but again I was surprised because I feel as though they think, along with maybe a few others, that I live this sad lonely life traveling solo, but I assured them that I actually have to work harder to be alone and NOT make friends then it is meeting people and striking up conversations that lead to friendships or even a relationship, such as I did while living in Nicaragua where I met a beautiful Costa Rican (Tica), Pamela. Well without further delay, please watch the #video #travel #blog of #hostel #life in #Seoul #SouthKorea.