I was in Klaus house for a night and next day it was still raining. Klaus told me he can send me to Alberschwende, where Aurelia’s parents live and I was planning to go and visit them.
next day I was actually thinking if the rain stop, then I will cycle to Alberschwende which was about 40km…I was checking the weather every 15min to see how it looks, but Klaus’s mother came and asked me if I like fish or not?!! It means that she was going to prepare something for lunch and it also means I just forgot about cycling to appreciate being with some lovely people.
The reason I am cycling is to meet people and stay with them, live and learn from them and I just use bicycle as a mean of transport. So when I have a chance to meet more people and live with them, I just take the chance and sometimes I should forget a day of cycling which worth it.
In the afternoon Klaus took me to Alberschwende and actually it was a very good decision going by car because it was raining hard and it would be killing by bicycle.
we arrived in the afternoon and directly we went to the best restaurant of Albershcwende where I supposed to meet Angelika ( Aurelia’s mother ). She just saw a van with a bike inside and she came out which means she was looking outside waiting for us and it also means how Austrian are hospitable and kind and how they love people, guest and being together..that was the reason which made Austria one of my favorite countries.
we went home to leave my bike and then we returned to restaurant to continue chatting, eating and enjoying being together.
It was their Christmas special lunch and after few hours in that restaurant we moved to the next café to drink and chat more and lately we went to the church to see some performance for the New Year.
next day was Monday when I had an appointment in a school in a village nearby called Egg. I went there for my job and came back home.
I was on my laptop doing some works which I got a comment on FB from Benjamin which was a mutual friend via another unseen friend!! He wrote me “ Hey Mohammad, if you come to Bregenzwild let me know. You can stay with me!!!” and I was just there in Bregenzwild. I wrote him back and later I realized he lives in a village 10km from where I was!! We decided to meet up in the evening and he came to our place to have a coffee.
It was great meeting him for the first time even though we have had not any kind of conversation or interaction before that.
I was telling him my story of being stuck in snow and afterward cycling through the Alberg pass while snowing and I was telling it with lots of joy and enthusiasm. I explained how I was wet because my rain jacket is not working anymore and it is not waterproof now, so I was wet and cold but kept cycling to climb the pas and …etc. suddenly he stopped me and he said” your rain jacket is not good any more?” I replied “ no, you know I have used it for ages now and it leak the water inside and it cant last more than an hour under rain !” he continued “ hey Mohammad, I used to be world champion mountain biker and I have many cloths for cycling. Lets go home and take something for the rain for you!!” in half an hour we were there and I had a wonderful Vaude cycling rain jersey which is just perfect, just great.
having the jacket itself is enough pleasant and good to enjoy but receiving it in such a way makes it more lovely and valuable. You need a jacket? A person you never met nor talk call you and brings you one!!! That’s miracle of simple life, miracle of living present and miracle of having joy in heart.
or simply I would saw miracle of walking through the right path, even though I don’t call it as a miracle as it has to happen and the path has to be smooth enough to go through.
my heart was full of peace and joy and I just wanted to share that beautiful joy to others, and shout it out through the shine I had in my eyes, the joy I had in my words and the peace I had in my heart.
Benjamin sent me back again to Alberschwende and he left and I was telling the story to my friends there with enthusiasm .
actually many things came together to have that experience..the weather broadcast was about rain in coming days and the tough days in pass …all were the reason I got the jacket!! So there is no bad situation for me, there might be sometimes hard condition but not bad and it is our images which make them look bad or…we just don’t understand the conditions and we interpret them by our knowledge. I am glad that I don’t have much knowledge in my mind and I kept it clean. !!
anyway I said goodbye to them and left there for Switzerland, just on my way I visited Klaus again in his office and we had a coffee together.
it was a nice day but started raining around noon for few hours but I didn’t care as I was protected and I knew I wont get wet anymore….
I crossed the border where there is not any actual border anymore..this is the world I am wishing to be, with no border and solders standing to check you and your documents!!
I had 100km cycling to
I was planning to stay in Winterthur over night where I could stay with Benno’s friend. Loredana who was in Iran for few months to learn Persian language would host me.
I was there but a bit tired after few hours cycling under rain even though I was dry but still not easy cycling under rain in winter time.
she was preparing for dinner that she just told me we will have another guest and Benno also will join us for dinner!! Which actually supposed to be secret and I had to be surprised to see Benno there. But anyway I already knew Benno will come and I couldn’t pretend to be surprise but it was enough nice to have him there and I was so glad to see him after 3 years again, this time in Switzerland.
we had a beautiful night and next day I had just 30km to ride to Zurich and along the way I passed a little town where I could visit Optimus company, the one who supports me by cooking equipments like stove, pots …they make things just perfect and I really love their products. I am using them since I started my journey and now I have 3 sets of different kind of Optomus stove. They are just great.
I was in Zurich in the afternoon where I should start my work for tree planting and discovering a new country.
25 December 2012