“Not all those who wander are lost.” J. R. R. Tolkien
Christmas day 2012, a long walk around Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand. Unusually nitid tones of green and blue, a nearly deafening silence only torn by the scratching sound of cyclists passing by, couples wetting their feet sitting in the jetty or the tired steps of a traveller carrying a heavy load on his back. I wasn´t looking for inspiration or ideas, I wasn´t trying to come up with a plan of action for the new year. But when beauty is so overwhelming your train of thought just seems to want to take you places of its own. And somehow, everything starts to make sense.
And I thought of No-mad.
I thought of all the people we met in this trip who seemed to be in a nomadic kind of state, living in one spot but ready to pack and go to the next. And I thought of all the people I know who have taken the decision to uproot and leave friends, family and everything they know to travel and discover. So, I thought of starting a new blog for those of us who feel the world is precious in every sense and want to explore it and protect it. I was going to call it TERRA (the catalan and latin word for Earth). But that was taken. After digging a little deeper, I felt what I wanted was to create a space for those of us who are restless – not merely in the geographical sense of the word, but in an all encompassing sense : Restless about the environment, about the future of our children, about the mistreatment of animals, about disappearing cultures and languages, about the excessive price of basic necessities, about racism, etc.
You could say what we do here is to open our eyes to the world but turn our back to the system/s that fail us.
So, if you are a wonderer, a restless no-mad, we´d like to create a virtual home for you. Yes, perhaps an oxymoronic endeavour, but we hope you feel like at home amongst travellers who care.
We would love to have you share your thoughts and experiences with the rest of us.
In this blog there shall be:
- No-format restrictions: poems, short narrations, images, videos, haikus, complaints, praises, songs, audios, anything that reflects your state of mind before a place, an action, a person, a collective…
- No-topic restrictions: recollections, memories, popular culture, history, philosophy, recommendations, routes, persons who make the place especial, disappointing moments, loneliness, etc.
- No-language restrictions: any comment in any language is welcome.
If you are keen to be part of the No-mad community, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply let us know by commenting on this site.
We do retain the right to edit comments and posts (although we prefer not to have to) and reject comments that are in any way offensive or defamatory.
We would prefer you use your own visual material but if you chose to upload images or videos from someone else, please ensure they are credited appropriately.
Your posts will always be shared on our upcoming facebook page, twitter, tumblr and pinterest accounts.
So, welcome to the No-mad community – a group of restless wonderers fascinated by the world and determined to make it a better place for all.