I met Mårten at Trnovačko jezero in Montenegro. We were both travelling alone, hiking. After a coffee and a chat, we decided to cross the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina together. A great hike, a great day and good company. These are his words, his thoughts, his answer to my question.
“What moves you”, you ask. I tell you; because of a number of things.
I travel because of the things I want to see, old buildings, ancient mountains.
I travel because of the people I wouldn´t meet otherwise.
I travel because I like the aesthetics of travelling. Early morning at a train station, sun in your eyes and a bad coffee. Speaker voice telling that the train to Chengdu is leaving now.
Simple reasons all, I do not escape terror, nor do I move to support my family. Sometimes I feel ashamed traveling have become so easy for us.
When moving is so easy travelling now and the becomes a natural part of life. Why one move, is then no longer the most important question. What is important in life is why you stay.
I stay because of the difference I can do in children´s life as a teacher.
I stay because of the people who´s company I never grow tired of, in spite of the years.
Yeah, I stayed one day extra in Popov Most for your company.
By Mårten Ahlstrand