"Society you crazy breed,
I hope you're not lonely without me." I listened to Eddie Vedder a lot when I started traveling about five years ago.
And his words had a huge impact on me, probably more than the story of "Into the wild". Back then, Richard, Marvin (another german fella) and I went into the jungle of cambodia on our motorbikes and got horribly lost. A cyclone further north caused dams to break and several provinces were flooded, all the paths disappeared and massive bridges were just wiped out. There was mud so deep the bikes would just get stuck and stand upright without the use of a side stand. We went days without food, some without water and eventually even left the bikes behind because two wouldn't start anymore and digging them out was slowing us down.
We marched for miles on end in the dark on a path barely 2feet wide through the area with the most undetected land mines in the world to this date. We only survived because we were found in the middle of the night by a khmer guy with an AK47 pointing at us. The only guy living inbetween us and the next village 20miles away.
He took us in for days, shared water and food and helped us getting back on our feet.
When Chris McCandless came to Alaska the people here told him that he couldn't survive out in the wilderness and they were right, he didn't. But he tried. He was an idiot for still doing it, but from my experience I can tell you I've never felt more alive than I did when I was the closest to death. After living up here in Alaska for a couple months now people ask me how I feel like about going back to the real world.
I usually reply the real world is out here, I'm just headed back to the zoo again.
Society, you crazy breed. ✌
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