After 63 gruesome, bumpy, gravel road kilometers, was that a mirage, or indeed the beginning of a smooth, freshly paved road!?
I had to celebrate.
This fine gentleman was walking in the middle of nowhere with a 2.5-liter bottle of beer in one hand and an ax on the other — great combination! He duly reacted to my excitement, dropping the ax and running towards me — now overflowing in excitement himself, he opened the beer and insisted i filled up one of my water bottles with it.
I returned the gesture by offering him some of what was left of the rakija i got from my friends in Serbia before my departure a few days before — he put the little bottle straight into his back pocket :p — thinking the rakija could not be in better hands now, i just asked him to take a sip of it so i could snap a picture. He then gave me a sincere, joyful hug, approximately 637 kisses on each cheek, and we parted ways — i was now slightly tipsy, but very energized!!
Today, i want to invite you to celebrate. There must be something you’re grateful for today, no matter how small you think it might be — make it a big deal and share it with someone! Feel welcome to share it with me by commenting below 🙂
Trelograms is a series of short inspirational and/or inquisitive reads written in counterpoint to my longreads and concrete travel advice on cycle touring, hitchhiking or in general. The series title is a word play between ‘telegram’ and ‘trélos’ (Greek for ‘mad’). Follow the links to read more 🙂
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