Travel Bucket List

It’s only been recently that I seriously realized how privileged I’ve been to be able to travel as much as I did during my childhood till now.

I went to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Denmark, Great Britain and stayed in the US for almost half a year just because my parents wanted to enable my sister and me to see and experience different countries and cultures as much as possible. Probably because my parents both come from rather poor working-class families and had to work their way up to where they are now.

Being a student living away from home, but having a strong longing for traveling the world, it’s not that easy anymore.

Nevertheless I am a strong believer of Eugene Fordors quote:

You don’t have to be rich to travel well

So without further ado, my travel bucket list:

  1. Scandinavia (mainly for hiking and the northern lights)
  2. Thailand (such a different culture)
  3. New Zealand (supposed to be the best of both worlds – mountains & the beach)
  4. South America (especially the Glacier between Chile & Argentina – for, again, hiking of course)
  5. Croatia (that might be one of the easiest on a students budget actually, right?)

That will do for the next few years I guess – and it will probably leave me very poor, but oh well!

Invisibilia

Invisibilia, latin for „all things that are invisible“.

Invisibilia is also a brand new podcast, hosted by Lulu Miller (former Radiolab producer) and Alix Spiegel (one of the founder producers of This American Life). How could this podcast possibly be anything but great?.

As a psychology student I’m immediately drawn in by their promise to explore „invisible“ things. Invisible, not meaning science fiction or magic, but daily human life. The most important parts of our lives are invisible. Thoughts that shape our behavior & our interaction with other humans are ultimately invisible.

While procrastinating on my talk about psychopathy, Machiavellianism & Narcissism for a seminar at university, I hear Lulu and Alix unwrap the story about S, a man that suddenly started to have nagging violent thought about killing people.

Dark, even violent, thoughts are one of the most interesting phenomenons of psychology if you ask me. I’m not only talking about thoughts as described by S, but also about our daily dark thoughts. It’s thoughts like „no one likes me“ when my friend hasn’t texted me back even though she’s seen my message hours ago or „i’m stupid“ when I read the same paragraph of a paper for the third time without understanding even one word, that can alter the way I feel and behave.

Lulu & Alix go on talking about the revolution that is currently happening concerning „thinking about thinking“ and how our thoughts are not per se the problem, but how we react to such thoughts.

So in the end, S is probably just very conscious of his own thoughts which then leads to the thought reoccurring and nagging him even more.

Learning and trusting that some thoughts that come into our head are just not that important, can help to let go of exactly those thoughts that have a negative impact on our life and to emphasize those that will shape your behavior and feeling in a positive way.

How comforting is that?!

Excuse me while I binge-listen to the Invisibilia podcast while finally finishing my talk for next week, motivated to make it a good one.