By Aaron Caleb Bardo
Some bum, some hitch, some fly, some fall. Since 2004, I’ve been traveling small pieces of the world in an attempt to construct a whole. From hemisphere to hemisphere, I’ve made a life through travel-one that has introduced me to vagabonds and movie stars, best friends and one-nightstands. Some of them guide me, some of them love me, some of them use me, some of them ignore me, but all of them teach me. This blog is about them; it’s about their homes. It’s about lessons learned and learnings lost. It’s about inspiring you, the reader, to get out here and become a part of it.
I’m from Andover, Massachusetts, but these days home is a strange place, surrounded by strange people. I moved to Spain in 2004 at age 18; my concept of home transformed with the geography. After nine months, I returned to the comfort of my parents’ place to spend some time. One month later, as cancer ate away at my best friend’s father, I realized how little of that we’ve got. Since then, home is where I make it.
Travel gives time to reflect, time to be seen, time to identify, time to breathe. After graduating from Elon University with a B.A. in Professional Writing and Rhetoric in 2009, I left the United States. For two and a half years Santiago, Chile was home. I taught English in a private Opus Dei school, immersing myself in its culture and language. By 2011, however, I grew weary of the Opus Dei bubble. I moved on.
From South America to the South Pacific, I traversed the world again. Wellington, New Zealand became home; I transformed with its landscapes. In Wellington -a walking city of 400,000 with more bars, cafes and restaurants per capita than New York- I became a senior waiter and sommelier-in-training in the city’s emblematic Shed 5 Restaurant.
Thomas L. Friedman recently wrote, “Indeed, parenting, teaching or leadership that ‘inspires’ individuals to act on their own will be the most valued of all” (It’s a 401(k) World). This blog attempts to inspire. Through prose & photographs, tunes & quotes, articles & reflections, I want to get you grooving. Take this post as an invitation into my world so that you find your own. Make the world on your own dime, with your own time. You can’t go home again, so build your own. Meet the person of your dreams in a glance. Make money to burn. Get high to feel the lows. Push limits until they no longer limit. Live by the rules or “learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.” Live to journey. Revel in the heights of anticipation and the depths of confusion. The calm, the storm, the grey.
Come, let’s get lost.