While planning my trip in the States I decided to stay away from the east coast. Halfway through my trip, I started to think how New York is the one city in the east I would really like to see and maybe it’s worth going there.
I then looked on Amanda Palmer’s website, one of my favorite celebs, to see if she will have any concerts that coincided with my route. And it was better than that. On 14th of November she will be giving a talk in NYC about her recently launched first book. I immediately started planning my detour to NY.
A woman called Brene Brown wrote the preface for Amanda’s book. I had no idea who she is so, as the custom goes when you want to find out about someone you don’t know, I googled her. Scanning through the results, one title caught my eye: The Power of Vulnerability – Talk Video. I opened and listened. There was this woman who was talking about her long research on vulnerability and was telling people how wonderful it is to be vulnerable. I’m inserting the link to her talk at the end of this article as I’d really like you to read this and then look at her on video.
There are plenty of good things about travelling that everyone knows about: we relax, we have fun, we wonder at new and beautiful things, we disconnect from the world back home. But the best thing for me during this trip is the kindness of people. Friends, their friends and family. People I didn’t meet before offered to host me in their homes, a girl I spent two days with in Bucharest took me travelling in her van for two weeks. I ate at family dinners, heard intimate stories, got addresses and phone numbers and was told to come back. This generosity and trust has been feeding me (literally and emotionally).
I’m also expecting the rise in American tourists who come to visit Romania and not only to see Dracula’s castle!
And now here are Brene Brown’s 20 minutes that’s really worth listening to: