Not Edited Yet #17 — Practice

The second stop in my four-day hitchhiking journey to Potcoava Mountain Hideaway was the town of Onești, Romania.

My host Silviu was a rather inspiring character — he didn’t say much, and most of what he did say would come in small collected bits such as what you will hear at the end of that day’s clarinet practice — that’s enough, isn’t it?


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Trelograms #25 — Dream Log

My maternal grandfather, with whom i shared a bedroom for most of the first couple of decades of my life, has been my single most important presence and reference. He passed away in 2010, at the age of 95-almost-96 (longevity ran in his family). Being raised by this wise and experienced man a generous lifetime older than me often felt magical — i was once certain (read hopeful) he was immortal.

I am now convinced ‘he’ no longer exists — at least not in any way i could interact with — except in my dreams!

For a few weeks after his passing, he was the subject of vivid dreams that i would often wake up from with a wide smile on my face! — duly filled by our recent “interaction” — grateful for the new “memory” from Grandpa to cherish until it dissipated along my morning routine.

Those dreams have become less and less frequent, and it’s been just a couple of those a year these days. A few years ago i decided to start “collecting” them — i’ll usually record them into my phone when i wake up in the middle of the night, and then transcribe them into a notebook in the morning. Even when i don’t remember the dream itself, hearing my groggy voice describing it is still refreshing!

One fascinating feature of those dreams is that i have never had a single negative interaction with Grandpa in any of them throughout all those years. I’m not sure how dreams are constructed and what that may or may not mean — it makes me look forward to a lifetime of occasional, unexpected visits from Grandpa though.


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Trelograms #23 — I’m Not Special

I’ve heard it many times and rather frequently — and not just from my mother! — that i’m special.

If you think i’m special because i’m willing to relocate, leaving behind family, close friends, career prospects and large fractions of my belongings to follow yet another exciting opportunity, whether it takes me to Scandinavian utopia or post-Soviet disrepair, then you probably don’t follow enough travel blogs.

If you think i’m special because i’ve pledged to donate 10% of my gross income to the best poverty-relief charity that i’m currently aware of — and kept up with that pledge through my self-unemployment — then you should check out the effective altruism folks who have been dedicating 100% of their resources to that and other, potentially more relevant causes.

If you think i’m special because i’m able to travel on a $5–10/day budget for five months, then you must not have met my friend Bogdan, who has done that for two years on less than $1/day — not to mention that his tour took place largely in Western Europe, including countries especially notorious for their prohibitive costs such as Denmark — there are many others like him you’ll bump into on the road whom you haven’t heard about just because they don’t have blogs or facetwittergrams+.

If you think i’m special because i’ve been hospitable (and courageous) to welcome “strangers” from hospitality networks into my home, then you might not have met or heard about the hundreds of literal strangers along my way who have invited me into their own homes (and cars) having nothing on me besides their gut reaction from first looking at me.

By the day, it seems to me that there exist essentially two kinds of people — those who know they’re amazing, and those who haven’t yet found out — we’re all fabulous in varied ways and degrees, and that makes none of us special.


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Out of My Head and into The World! — My Ossobuco May ’18 Presentation

I gave a presentation in Portuguese earlier this year in my hometown Brasília at the May edition of Ossobuco – Mais tutano pra sua vida, a local “TEDx-like” event. I’ve now added English subtitles to the video, so more of you may enjoy it!

In the presentation i talk about my journey from growing up protected by my grandparents, to a nomadic career in academia, and the eventual transition into my current lifestyle as a full-time adventure traveler. I talk, in special, about how i gradually learned to stop indiscriminately fearing strangers along my way.

Featured photo courtesy of Jataí Fotografia.


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Trelograms #21 — Why Is Doing the Dishes so Troublesome?

Soon after moving to Ukraine, i had the opportunity to meet and eat lunch with Folknery, a couple of Ukrainian musicians cycle touring around the world with their baby, who was born on the road — “but isn’t it troublesome?” — “it’s actually much easier than being at home with one,” replied Yaryna.

I can totally believe that, as i’ve been myself telling everybody who asks that cycle touring feels less troublesome across the board — it’s much easier dealing with the dishes after a meal, or finding a place to sleep, so why wouldn’t that be the case with a baby as well?

At this point many of you will dismiss my point by saying that the cycle touring process comes with its own burdensome routine, which is so true! But if that’s where you are, then you’ve completely missed my point — we all have our own dishes to wash, there’s no doubt about it — my point is simply that our choice of metaphorical dishes is much broader than we might be first led to believe 😉


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Not Edited Yet #0 — Re-Launching the YouTube Series!

I collect a fair amount of video footage along my path. While i focus my current efforts on writing, much of that footage is sadly left largely unprocessed and unedited. Every now and then it seems like the first take is already good enough to be posted as is though, and i figured i’d share those along the way!

I started finding a lot of those “prime uncuts” as went through my photos and videos from my latest cycle touring project (the North Cape Hypothesis) in the context of writing about it, and releasing them on YouTube as the Not Edited Yet series:

I will re-publish all of them here, on my new website, while new ones will be released as i go over footage from other projects!


On the photo: fallen tree the morning after a windstorm, on my way to work in L’viv (Ukraine, October 6th, 2017)


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Trelograms #20 — Does My Cat Experience Me as a Person?

Yeva has been my first pet. Every now and then i wonder whether we have a mutual relationship, and what that actually means — am i seeking subjective experiences external to my own, which in turn acknowledge mine as external to their own, and mutually intelligible communication between the two?

Sometimes Yeva will meow from the balcony, looking into my eyes through the glass door, and come back inside as soon as i open the door — other times it feels a bit more like she just experiences me as a much desired radiator whose position in space she seems nevertheless rather bad at predicting.

Do i have a relationship with the ocean?

A few might suggest the ocean is in fact as conscious as we are. I wonder whether it might not be the other way around — as Daniel Dennett remarked in Consciousness Explained, “[perhaps w]e’re all zombies” — quoted here slightly out of context not as much as an “act of desperate intellectual dishonesty” as a sincere expression of confusion — are we as conscious as the ocean?

The only alternatives to that i find plausible are panpsychism or solipsism — has my mathematical training led me to disproportionately converge to either 0, 1 or infinity as the most likely answers to any question i ask?

So, what’s the weather like where you are right now?


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Trelograms #8 — Is It Really Broken, or You’re Just Gonna Need to Walk Instead?

I might not have stopped to take pictures had it been in operation — especially not inside.

I might not have been able to walk on the left — even though i didn’t.

I might have been in a bigger rush.

I might have had a happier life.

I might not have had a happier life.


On the photo: Gara de Nord, Bucharest (November ’17)


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Trelograms #6 — What Does It Mean To Be Alive?

My host Sasha invited me to go fishing — was that excitement or discomfort?

One way or another, i was certainly curious.

From what i understood, they leave nets permanently set up along the canal, and go every evening check if anything got caught in them — there was one this time, whom i found to be surprisingly settled, not sure if because already tired from trying to escape from the net the whole day, or resignation to its fate.

It was not quite my first time ever fishing, but it was the first time i remember paying attention to what was happening. It was also the first time i ate an animal i watched being killed. In particular, i had never seen a fish being cleaned before — the reflexes were still there several minutes after that — so, when did it die? — was it when its brain was removed? — or was it when the cat ate it? — what is ‘it,’ anyways? — has it ever been alive — what does any of that even mean?

Sasha doesn’t eat fish.


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Trelograms #5 — Leaving Doesn’t Get Easier

This picture shows Tanja, Natasha and Valja from Mahazin Kashtan in the village of Kilija, Ukraine — the village comes up along the Danube River between Izmail and Odessa, a popular week-long cycle touring route during Spring and Summer.

Mahazin Kashtan was where one of my shortest and most intense cycle touring encounters to date took place. I walked in just to get some bread but, as it’s nearly always the case, that’s never the whole story — they seemed especially glad to see me, perhaps because i came from so far (Brazil) — i believe that can be seen in their smiles on the photo.

Despite their contagious joy, this encounter was also a tough reminder that we’re constantly departing on a cycle tour — perhaps in life in general? This was one of the countless occasions in which i broke into tears upon leaving them behind — am i ever going to see them again!?

This will likely not quite apply to the vast majority of my readers — but on the off chance that you’re doing the Izmail–Odessa ride, please swing by Mahazin Kashtan on your way through Kilija — do you food shopping there, and tell the ladies that Mika, cycle touring guy from Brazil, says ‘hi’ 😉


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