I loved the idea of Santorini: the peaceful ocean sunset, the white-washed caves. I had already put myself into those frames. But I was not prepared for the dystopian island I would come to know.
Nicaragua is another example of a state that is using violent force in response to civilian protests. From Senegal to Venezuela, authorities are acting with the ideology that violence can destroy ideas.
I had read the news articles and viral social media opinions: there were refugee children arriving in Greece with little support. If I truly cared about the situation, I knew I needed to go to Athens.
The natural world is chaotic and it can be made more convenient by design. But design can never replace our own intuition or instinct. I spent time in Swedish nature to understand society’s hold on us.
In August 2017 I quit my job in Stockholm, Sweden and decided to travel the world, with a goal to have richer experiences without focusing on material things. This is why I was compelled to go, and not to stay.