time with my Spanish friends, who used to hug me when we said goodbye. Heres the terrific thing about setting a budget for spending on yourself: it reduces (though in my experience, doesnt quite eliminate) the tendency to judge yourself as good or bad based on the amount you allow yourself at any given time. I made an electric model with my dad and brother. I could imagine wearing it to an important interview, to a party, to work; with a tank top in summer or a classic white shirt in winter.
After my father became ill, he had to give up the bike, which for him had symbolised freedom, I salvaged the bike, dusted it off, painted it and claimed it for myself. On Tuesdays, I share Chinese music with Hugo online, or sometimes hell write an essay in Chinese, and Ill help him to correct. And Ill keep travelling the world. I am waiting to see the ship with the white sails carrying Theseus. Among the old receipts, coins, sweets and metro tickets, I find my house keys.
The breeze is lifting the memories from the ancient time and mixing them with the present, becoming one to give me the strength to continue my journey. I find them in flea markets and second-hand shops, left among the broken objects. This summer I went to Hong Kong, but thats in China. I have a collection of these at home. But then, all of a sudden it felt as though nothing would satisfy. The more I heard people tell me No, Ral: youll never finish it the more it became a challenge for. There is something so exciting about just taking that little alley, or that street you never had a chance to walk down before; the park that only allows adults to enter if accompanied by children; the mulled wine vendor at the flower market.