My family seems to be big fans of “Only-open-when-on-aircraft” letters so I faced myself with three of those on my way from Munich to Auckland.
Every one of them is great in its very own way: my Dad gave me a USB stick full of pictures of my family, his very own poems and music for the road. From my Mum I got a lovely letter with pressed flowers (Forget-me-nots from our garden) and an image of a great backcountry tour we did last year across Mt Dachstein. And Fred gave me his personal talisman and some very important pieces of advice. One that perfectly sums up the purpose of this trip is this handwritten one:
For all my English readers – here’s the translation:
“There are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely – or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.” – Oscar Wilde
Wise words from a wise man. Let’s hope I made the right decision then.