A continuation of Part 1 to answer the recurring question “How did you end up in Nieu-Bethesda?”
“From Connecticut? America? Yoh. So how did you end up here? In Nieu-Bethesda of all places?”
The guests of The Brewery and Two Goats Deli ask me this question on a daily basis. And since I’ve stopped giving weekly updates of where I’ve been staying since I left Hanoi, you may also be wondering how I got to this tiny town in the Eastern Cape. Here’s the first of a two part account of where I’ve been for the past two months to answer all of your questions.
For the past five months, The majority of my physical life has been confined to a 46 liter space.
I’m posting this from my latest temporary home in Nieu-Bethesda and having had to unpack and repack just a few days ago, I’ve started to realize which items are starting to define my trip. By having to prioritize a limited space, the things I have chosen to carry with me have, by necessity, been fulfilling a specific hierarchy of self-need. I won’t preach extreme minimalism for all and I do think that 46 liters is a bit drastic for anyone living in a semi-permanent location. But even before I left home, I started looking around at all of the things I own and wondering, ‘does this fulfill a specific need?’ Do I own this or does this own me? I’m not prepared for the fully ascetic lifestyle but by reducing my possessions to 46 liters, I’ve created a lot of space to be me.
On my way from Vietnam to India, I spent a layover in Bangkok. This particular layover presented the opportunity to explore Bangkok for a single night. My flight would land at 17:35 and the connecting flight to Delhi would take off at 8:55 the following morning so I worked out enough of a plan of how to get into the city center and then figured I would spend the night exploring the city and hopefully not waking up in a jail cell.
I share this story as an example of “things will go wrong”. However, even when things do go wrong, they’re not a disaster. Expect the worse and when things do go eventually wrong, don’t freak out.