Roam Sweet Roam

The Peyote Adventures: Part 1

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I am going to tell you a story today. The story of how I lost my backpack, and how it felt good to lose my backpack. And somehow everything is related to a cactus called peyote. It all started in Real de Catorce. Real de Catorce is a small village in the middle of the San Luis Potosian desert in Northern Mexico. It was a long time ago a very prosperous mining town, however it got abandoned, and today it is home to occasional Mexican tourists and to hippies from…read more

Struggling with Post-Travel Depression

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As I write this article it has been exactly 48 days since I got home from my one-year trip around Central America. I’m lying here, on my bed, with a million thoughts running through my mind. These thoughts started one week before my return flight from Bogotá to Paris. I wanted my last week to be memorable. I wanted to dance until 6am, I wanted to take a two-day trip around Bogotá, I wanted, I wanted… I did none of the above. It turned out to be a horrible week….read more

9 Life Lessons I Learned After One Year of Traveling

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Yep, it’s been one year. One crazy year. I left Latin America. I’m back home in France. And I’m thinking about 9 things I didn’t know this time last year. 1. Long-term travel is not long-term vacation I spent the first 3 months of my trip arriving each week in a new town with my shiny backpack, smiling to everyone and taking pictures of old churches. Like a tourist. But I was no tourist. Hell no. I was a traveler. I hitchhiked, I tried to talk to people in their…read more

Of Boxes

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This article has nothing to do with my current travels, but I promised some friends a couple of years ago that I would write an article about these “boxes”. And hey, it’s my blog, I write about whatever I want. Now that I think about it, it might actually interest you as well. It’s a fun story. It’s about magic mushrooms. And especially philosophical reflections following them. Mom, Dad, I’m sorry, the few times I went to Amsterdam with my friends wasn’t to visit museums and see tulips. It was…read more

Workers of the World, Relax!

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“All I know is that I know nothing.” –Socrates This phrase has somewhat been a sort of motto for me for the past couple of months on the road. I’m not sure I understand it correctly, but the way it’s formulated sure made me understand some weird stuff. It made me start to question everything. Literally everything, even the fundamentals, like – and these are true questionings I’ve made to myself – “Is racism a bad thing?”, or “Is it our goal to pursue happiness?” or even “What’s my sexual orientation?”…read more

I don’t want to work

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I studied computer engineering. And for us geeks, there’s only one place to be in the world if you want to be called “the cool kid” instead of “the nerd”. And that’s San Francisco. The Silicon Valley. The Mecca of all tech stuff. I managed to get an internship there. Today, I still think that it was the best internship I could have gotten, it was exactly what I wanted at that period of my life: a stimulating job, a well-known startup, a perfect city. And I really liked it….read more

The Morning of my Life

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Go to school, work hard, get a good job, buy a nice house, take a two week vacation, retire, take a year long vacation, die. That is the introduction from a guest post written by Jamie from The Great Big Scary World. When I read it for the first time, some three weeks ago, many thoughts crossed my mind. Thoughts about my own life. Thoughts that made me want to write this article. These 100 characters were the perfect description of the whirlpool of my life, of the life I was supposed…read more

The Who, the Why and the What-Does-That-Even-Mean?

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Done. One of the three questions above answered. One third of my blog post written. Only got the Who and the Why of Roam Sweet Roam to answer. Who am I? January 13th, 2014. It was a windy Monday. The sun was shining but it felt cold. I was nervous. I was about to ask something unusual to my school direction. I went to see them, and asked them if I could apply for a gap year before my final year at college. I told them, I don’t want to…read more

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