World Travel Tales: True Stories of Travel, Trouble and Transformation - France, Greece and India
by Willy Mathes
In World Travel Tales: True Stories of Travel, Trouble and Transformation – BOOK ONE: France, Greece and India (and this entire World Travel and Adventure series), much of what I’m going to share with you has to do with walking, hiking and hitchhiking in exotic places, and the seemingly extraordinary situations I often end up finding myself in as a result. But there’s more.
Because, walking around by yourself, or hiking through the wilderness, or hitchhiking just about anywhere, these modes of travel—if you’re paying attention—naturally change your perception. What I mean is, they shift your perception, from what you thought was going on or expected to happen . . . to what TRULY is going on and what REALLY is happening. In my mind, there is no such thing as an “insignificant” shift of perception . . . since each one contributes to a greater overall awareness of what we call “reality.”
In BOOK ONE’s first story, “Strange Angels,” you’ll read about my adventure-filled odyssey hitchhiking from Oxford, England to Greece through the French Riviera, meeting unexpected allies and mystical messengers along the way, who inevitably lead me to a profound insight about myself and “others.”
In the concluding story, “The Delhi Belly Blues,” I recount my harrowing, yet ultimately illuminating spiritual journey through northern India, by way of a month-long international symposium that turns into a fight for my life and my freedom – by way of my contracting amoebic dysentery and encountering a nurse whose wealthy father wants me to marry her, so she can go to a prestigious American medical school!
While I hope you enjoy my telling you these tales . . . even more, I hope they inspire you to go out and live your own. To those who do, Bon Voyage!
- Willy Mathes, April 2012
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