How I Managed to Return to Travel as in The 80s: without Moving and without Data

It is amazing how raised even make “madness” off us when, 15 years ago, it was not optional but mandatory. Review posters of the roads instead of programming the GPS; rummaging in their pockets looking for something “loose” while we locate a cabin; evil swallow ask everyone on the street and in the end you accompany while they tell you stories about that place were looking desperate.

Ok: things are now much easier. But that does not mean that they were previously impossible. And vice versa? Is it impossible to live a vacation totally disconnected?

A few days ago I proposed a sort of analog retirement. For the brave. Because before planting a foot on the ground already had checked all my Twitter timeline. Because if it was tracking of any offer at Amazon and I warned at 3 am, I woke up to process the purchase. Because it was not able to wait for you to bring the Starter without browse before ingredients, its etymology, the note on Tripadvisor restaurant and even presentation on Instagram alternatives. And eat with the cell phone on the table, clear. And already you could ask me if I liked what was before responding to WhatsApp and Slack chat groups.

You feel uneasy, anxious, hate not being part of that circus that we’ve built together

No, if send to the Horn, the 4G, Spotify and Facebook, you do not become a romantic letters or gives you for listening to Shostakovich in a player. You better not breathe or your hair grows. You just feel uneasy, anxious, get angry not to be part of that circus that we have built together and so distracts us. Because happy doesn’t make us: happiness is not a matter of megabytes in the mobile rate.

The Internet is as real as sail boat, as any memory. What comes now is not a guide to survive outside this all-connected world that surrounds us. It is a reflection: 80, to the analog alternative without the wildcard of Wikipedia, may be eating anything, without idiots gifs or urgent emails that are not so. And you do not see the well that sits.

Day one: why take a so stupid decision?

I’ve been 15 days warning that I will not be available. That, I’m sorry, but I have a few “family commitments” (lie) and I will be in an area without coverage or data. And the first thing I do to undo the suitcase is the mobile search. Because Yes, I brought a mobile Hotel: an old brick carrying several removals without using that I put a SIM with the minimum balance that asked me to open line: 10 euros. Da same, this idiotphone number only two people have it: my wife and a friend with whom I have been.

Internet is as real as anything else, only that the rest is my life

After reviewing the facilities, the qualities of my room and watch cars go by the window, I begin to feel uncomfortable. This has not been a good idea. What do I do here? Okay, I’m on vacation, but it won’t work. Is no longer being the day of the undercard, is that my whole world seems built on the foundations of a smartphone. So I go out to the street. As my grandmother would: give me air.

If at least it had escaped to a place known you could chat with old friends to find. Here I meet no one. Nor I wanted to cheat and scheduled tourist spots to visit or events to attend. Fate as anywhere they give maps. I’m in Alicante with the cartography of the past. The trip has left me cheap. What happens now will be like in a road movie of desktop.

The first perception I have is something that takes me back to childhood: all scrutinizes with other eyes, more attentive. Time goes slower, or I think faster. I read all the signs. I pay attention to pedestrians accents. And I see as a very high percentage does not take off your screen look. It could run naked and very few are made. Although they would cast photos.

Day two: nor is for both

Last night I had dinner the worst durum in the world. My plan was to spend the afternoon on the beach, make time and visit a lighthouse painted red. But I met a few Brazilians who were along the coast from end to end and we just lost, on a track, playing soccer with children. I also lost the opportunity to visit a country house. If yesterday it seemed time had stopped, today I can not pick up the pace. And return to the hotel left me exhausted, physically and mentally. A Council: brings up Notepad and pen, whenever you can.

We take the smartphone because we need to feel it close. And note that empty space

Dependence on a mobile device is real, call it nomophobia or mere digital appetite. 82.5% of smartphone owners will continue to use it on vacation. 93% will take you always over. A 70.1% will take you up to the beach. 51% cast photos on that beach. It will fall into any sea. 71% of them planned their holidays online. More than half, via mobile phone. We take the smartphone because we need to feel it. And note that empty space.

I have to admit that it is very comfortable to walk without my usual tackle, without the Kindle or thinking to every little bit where I “connect”; ID card, a Visa to credit some of metal hardly. It is also strange that moment where, when everybody shoots photos of rigor on a promenade, I I’m watching, like a stupefied. My first action was to bring me their hands in pockets. Until recently not even that, used to run the phone in his hand. After a couple of hours to start thinking that everything has not captured lost it. Although it is not so dramatic.

Day three: what are all these posters?

A driver in the new century will have the problem of truth. Tremendous insecurity of travel without information, without the fastest route, tolls, traffic density, alternatives and public timetables: blindness for which it is not prepared. The technology has been instrumental in improving the quality and traffic safety. 1989 was the year which marked the historical maximum of traffic accidents; the culmination of a decade with a terrible growing trend. 9344 people when not we got to the 15 million vehicles. At the end of 2015, with 28 million vehicles, died 1018 people.

Arriving at my destination I again feel that weakness of who does not have a faithful to the side machine

Throughout the trip, I’m thinking about this. How technology transforms us as society, altering human behavior — you just have to observe the 3,000 people in the pokequedada of El Retiro-, give us more opportunities, put us in a conversation with any part of the world. I think that it is worth, I am without Internet because I can, but this bus driver can not dispense with their digital systems. For the sake of the rest.

Arriving at my destination, I again feel that weakness of who does not have a faithful to the side machine. And I find a House of books, the majority of third or fourth hand. I remember that passage of Kafka on the shore where the protagonist devours day books because they don’t have another thing to do. And I bought some things. I don’t know who has the courage to call “snob exercise” reading. It is the solution to most of the problems of leisure.

Thus pass the rest of the afternoon, strolling through parks and reading, before returning on the road another bus. And I can conclude two things. First: I remember reading so satisfactory and concentrated, so real and two: thanks to not spend two hours referring and answering emails, arriving at the hotel I felt that my vacation had just started really. I shower me and I long to find any core where there are party for less than 8 euros entry.

Day four: provincial hangover

Embark on an analog retirement with children is much more complicated. Or when your work depends on it, when one only day off the radar may involve serious problems. The fact is that I am one of those people. With children, a job without time. As timely and agreed-upon experiment it can operate, as way of life depends on….

Is return to the past always an idiot exercise where sweeten things that were not so?

The next item on my getaway includes visit the village of my parents. So I try the pool for the first time, do the suitcase and call the train station to see the outputs. A village is always the same: periphery to grow, some abandoned, neighbors who do not recognize you, some Yes and chasing you with oblique glances, shops where there should be schools and kids across the streets without looking.

In my old house meeting that I used 20 years ago to be happy: re-recorded VHS tapes, a Nintendo Entertainment System, a bike and tapes of music boxes. Never cease to be technological products. Material that has died and only promptly resurrects the nostalgia. Is return to the past always an idiot exercise where sweeten things that were not so? You can. If this “experiment” a millennial is done, someone born from the 2000 effect, surely will not have nostalgia that appeal. Buy juices and sandwiches, I take the bike and a backpack, the only thing that has survived, and I’m going to spend the morning exploring plants and Scribble.

The truth is that I miss mobile. Not because you have drunk beer which has not photographed. Or by the rich francesinha that I had dinner yesterday at eleven-thirty on a local I will never remember. I want to know how such things work, if world peace is declared if Netflix has confirmed the second season of Stranger Things or if some group of WhatsApp has been dissolved because they no longer. Gives equal: I’ve been to see a marathon of giallos which was an old Professor of Institute. Now I will comment on them to turn.

Day five: return to regulations

Yes. They are certain all those tips on keeping busy head, observe stars or stroll through anonymous avenues chatting as in before sunset. In four days I have read the equivalent of 100 articles in Engadget. And Yes, it gives a strange, liberating feeling, pure freedom. Try to get the lead in your home and listen to those extra decibels of silence. I feel more rested. I enjoyed changing the laptop by a towel, eating slowly and looking at the plate, asking for “interesting places” a poor Lady of 70 years, front to determine my steps according to results reflected in Star.

That what you give Internet not is stealing it you on the other hand

I think that I already confronted with everything. Total disconnection style zombie apocalypse. I feel that I can build an electric generator with my own hands and live what could lead to the garden one day I took care of Cryo. I look at the mobile with conviction. But now is my family and they have brought the mobile. Nor do I need it.

In half an hour I’m referring to it “a lot” that I am lost, isolated mentions and the DM asking «you have angry?». Nothing transcendent: the number 110 on Facebook activity icon. Meanwhile, I answer with sight words on the “what about” these days. And the only conclusion that I extract is very obvious: that what you give Internet not is stealing it you on the other hand. Indeed, in a few months I repeat. I still left 8 euros in mobile card.

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