While hiking the Haute-Route Pyrenees I met a hiker who soon became a close friend. Something he said really resonated with me and is something I still carry close to my heart to remind me that every challenge I face is an essential part of my journey. This is what he said:
Every choice I make while traveling carves a new and distinct path that determines what I will experience and what possibilities lay ahead. One of the most spontaneous and unforgettable choices I made was when I decided to leave South East Asia unexpectedly and fly to Europe with three new friends to hike 800 km from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea along the Haute-Route Pyrenees (HRP).