When I arrived to East Timor, I realized that I was in one of the youngest countries in the world. Most Timorese live by growing or fishing; the infrastructure is scarce and many people still lack access to drinking water, electricity or access to money. But the human values, which are protected as universal, gave way to the commercial interests of Big Powers, told me Renato
Conocí a Pablo hace ya tiempo, en España. En los días que convivimos “bajo mi mismo techo” forjamos una linda amistad, la misma que ha hecho que 6 años más tarde me ofreciera acompañarle en su recorrido. Así que no me lo pensé ni un momento y 15 días más tarde estaba subido en un avión camino a Bali, patrocinado por uno de sus sponsors.
Children, adults and old people, everyone greeted me: "hello Mr, hello Mr" every time I stopped at a place to rest, eat something or while cycling all along the country. At first I thought: “nice people”, but then “hello Mr” became a nightmare.
Singapore is an island city-state, the second nation with the highest population density in the world. It is mostly Chinese. Undoubtedly it is one of the most remarkable successes on the continent.
Cycling Malaysia I felt like being in different places at the same time. Chinese, Hindus and Malaysian people live all together in harmony. The country is modern and multiracial, and its frenetic capital city is just amazing. There I was lucky, I got my sponsors and I was kindly welcomed by the Argentinean community.
After 14,000 km cycled in Asia I returned to Bangkok and I stopped again to do another massage course. According to my teacher, the origins of Thai massage dates back to India 2,500 years ago. It is believed that its founder was a doctor in the immediate vicinity of Buddha.
When I crossed the border I have the feeling I was in no man's land, the distances to cover are long and desolate and along the road there are several signs warning of dangers of unexploded mines. So I inquired about the history of the country, about the shocking history of Cambodian people.
To cycle in Laos allowed me to see the traditional lifestyle of Southeast Asia. People are based on subsistence economy, with different crops, animals and mainly the fishing, which is one of the main basic food sources. But in the north I was really shocked when at a restaurant…
I close my eyes and I think about the last leg of the trip: Tibet. It comes to my mind the endless effort to cross the mountain passes which reached the 4800 mt. And the reward: contemplate the place and go down, to go up again. At the beginning I thought that it was just a physical effort, but then I realized that it is the mind which has the main role.
The last day of my stay in Litang I was interested to know about the sky burial or Tianzang, an ancient funerary tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Thereby I went to the outskirts of the city. According to the tradition, when someone dies...