In this episode I talk of a recent encounter with a couple of wandering hippies in the Santa Fe, National forest in Northern New Mexico. I am about a month into my Van Life journey and I doubt this will be my only encounter with hippies in the woods along the way.
This encounter had me reflecting on a recurring theme of my travels over the past couple of years. And that is this archetype I have seemed to run into on multiple occasions of the perpetual wander. The endless nomad. I always have had very mixed feelings towards these people.
Typically always kind and down to earth people. However, I sometimes feel uncomfortable around these types. I believe this is because to an extent I can see myself within these people. I can see myself as the perpetual seeker living a life of ceaseless adventure and stories, never settling down for responsibilities. Simply going from place to place and earning just enough to survive and get on to the next train.
I get deeply uncomfortable and fascinated when contemplating an existence like this. While having being exposed to novelty adventures is something I firmly believe to be an an essentially meaningful aspect of life, it also scares me to wander through this existence without ever leaving anything behind. Maybe it's ego or greed. No idea, I just know that for some reason I share little respect for these wandering care-free socialistic idealists. They're nice, but nice in a harmless animal kind of way.
The discomfort I feel around these people, I believe, reveals the two types of person I typically am. On one hand, I am a hippy. I like psychedelics, travel, typically optimistic, lean towards creativity, and perhaps almost naively open-minded. On the other hand, I believe in efficiency, I love to fight, shoot guns, and have a craving for financial achievement.
I think if I had to become unbalanced towards one direction, it would be in the direction of material achievement. Because from that position I can always give everything up and sit by the campfire. But from the opposite side, I would not have anything to give up, and would just assume the ethical superiority of my lifestyle without ever really having the choice to begin with.
Tomasz and Ana were my hosts during my stay in Lublin, Poland. Over the weekend we visited a concentration camp and got in a lot of great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training it at the local BJJ clubs, Akademia Dragon and Copacabana.
Tomasz is a former professional MMA fighter and a purple belt in BJJ.
Pawel Kozlowski is a decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown belt competitor with a professional MMA record of 4-0 and over 400 competitive BJJ matches under his belt. In this episode I sit down and ask him questions to gain perspective as to what it is like to fight MMA in a professional arena.
In this episode me and my Jiu Jitsu Globetrotter host Dave and his girlfriend take some LSD and sit down for a nice discussion about Psychedelics, Osho, Meaning, and BJJ.
BJJ Globetrotters is an organization that enables those who share a passion for brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to train and meet other competitors anywhere in the world. On this 2 month long BJJ trip around Europe with nothing besides a backpack I have met some of the most incredible and generous people I have ever came across. Dave was hilarious, generous, and incredibly helpful and I look forward to seeing both him and all my hosts again on the mats one day.
In this episode I sit down with one of my hosts on my Backpacking Euro Jiu Jitsu GLobetrotter journey to talk about the differences betweeen american and german life. Steven is an American currently living in Germany. I was very curious to hear his insight on the differences in culture between america and Germany. We also talk about the American military and what could be done to improve.