But one day you discover something that makes you feel with...horizon, hope and futur for a second, and then you need to learn to identify it and keep as the most precious treasure. That doesn’t mean at all that this thing is more important or better than the rest of your life; it only means that that’s what you need in this specific moment to get out of your “well”...and be able to, at some point, get back with happiness to your life and be able to apreciate how wonderful it is.
In my case this thing, this “treasure” has been to travel, which since I was a child has always passionated me, fiiled me of renovated energy, fresh air, hope and enthusiasm for new adventures. Specifically, for me it has been a web that has given to me the “wings” –or tools, but that’s way less poehic- to travel in a very cheap but sooo enriching way: WORKAWAY.
It’s a web that allows you to travel with free food and bed in echange of aproximately 4/5 h of work –weekends free-. It is a perfect tool for those who are young and/or don’t have too much money to spend on travelling on a expensier way, but I’m sure that even if I had more money I’d still choose that option. This kind of echanges allow us to get o know the country not as a turist, but as someone who lives day to day immersed in that culture, living in a real family and house, and discovereng a thousand projects and new people. This has been my first workaway, and it really could’nt have been better: I went to work in a castle in Burgundy, with a landscape as impressive as the builings and misteries that the castle hide. Everyday was and adventure for me: to get lost at the corridors, found ways out and end up discovering new stunning rooms. I also couldn’t be more lucky with the family I ended up living wiith: The woman of the house, Jeane, was an artist in all the ways you can possibily imagine, with a very particular sense of humor that made me laugh so much no mattter if we were washing the dishes or chasing the duck they had, who was always getting into the house –that duck was only a duck in appearence, because he acted completely as a pampered dog!-. Ruud, her partner, was also an incredibly nice person,, with who I enjoyed chatting about music, countries, politics...And cycling to Tézai, an universal place for meditation and peace in general, where I’d really like to go for some days in the future. Jeane was living also with their two sons, one of which drove me from Bcn to the castle –bless him!-. Both of them were really nice and the three of us with the oldest’s girfriend –who I quickly became friend with- shared field work and archering –or, in my case, tried to :P-.
The work was varied, it could go from making beds –but if you saw the super-majestic bedrooms you’d understand why something that bothers me so much at home it was there kind of fun ^^-, to feeding the animals and walk the dogs, or removing the nettle or picking apples and making compote.
To me, all this work didn’t felt like word, but as a “drill” of the kind of life I’ve always dreamed. And it’s true that my life in Catalonia is quite similar, but we all know that the things we always life with are difficult to be seen as any “ideal”. And the enigmathic castle, the blossomed fields and the forest full of berries overcamed my child’s dream of a happy comunity between flowers...with the difference that this wasn’t cheezy at all ;)
Even if that placement and work was perfect for me, it’s obviously not for everyone. But that’s one of the awesome things of the web: you can find offers for all kinds of needs and profiles: from picking olives in the Tuscany to buiding tree-houses in Perú; from babysitting in London to horse-caring in Ireland; from cook in Japan to DJ in Ibiza...