Notes from the road – edition 34: Ideas over expectation

I went to the Dolomites without any real expectation. All I had was the idea that I wanted to drive around the mountains and hike every day, which is exactly what I did.

Allowing ideas to lead the way, instead of expectation, was crucial to me having the incredible experience that I had. Every day was filled with adventure, with opportunity, and none of marred by the shadow of expectation.

Expectation isn’t necessarily evil, I’ve just found in my experience, particularly this year, that when you go into something with expectations about what it should be and how it should be, you set yourself a limit. By placing expectation on something, you strangle it, you don’t allow it the space to simply be what it needs to be. Follow your ideas, not your expectations.

My second week in the Dolomites was much slower than the first. At the end of it, I found myself with two empty days, so ended up redoing some of the hikes I had already done, firstly because they were rad and I loved them, secondly for the sake of the blog.

Here are a few snaps taken from my second week.

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Lago di Sorapis.jpg
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Tre Cime.jpg
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Cinque Torri.jpg
 
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I now find myself in Budapest. I have heard wonderful things from plenty of people about Budapest. I was lucky enough to have a one-night crossover with my two friends from home, Rachel and Lauren, which was spectacularly wonderful.

I’m also extremely lucky in that my friends The Common Wanderer, who some of you might remember I met in Bali earlier this year, have recently moved to Budapest, and are letting me stay in their apartment while they’re away on some travel jobs. Having an apartment in the heart of the city is wonderful. It’s got all I need for a comfortable stay and to recover from my days and nights spent in the car.

My plan for this week is simple. Write, edit, relax, recover, explore. I’ll report back on how successful that plan goes next week.

Until then, happy voyaging!