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[Nomad life] 5 days with 150 goats, without electricity and without hot water

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  1. SyZygy

    SyZygy Senior Member

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    Today I finally got a chance to grab a proper computer, connect to a proper network and finally solve all my pending tasks - and I can't tell you how happy I am that I finally got back in to civilization lol.

    Yes, I was literally living 5 days without electricity, hot water, in a godforsaken mountain with an old guy and a little girl.

    How did I end up there?

    Well, I'm currently in Macedonia focusing on a new project. I'm located in a small city where I had trouble in finding an apartment for myself and a proper office for my project. I found a cheap apartment and a proper office, but both things needed to be renovated and I could not move in to them before the work was finished. So I had around 6 days of nothing to do except to wait. I did not want to spend money on a hotel or anything similar, so a friend suggested me that I should go and visit his grandpa who is living in the mountains, together with his little granddaughter who is spending her summer days there.

    He was like "Srdjan, you are working to much, you are used to the new technology and you should spend some time in nature, my granddad is a cool guy, living like a nomad, you should visit him and spend some time there".

    Well, I did not expect a REAL nomad life, but when I got there, I knew that he was not kidding.

    150 goats, where each of them has it's own name and responds to it
    No electricity, no computers, no hot water, no television, nothing - just a bed for me together with a shared toilet and a wood stove.

    The old man has a big garden with a lot of vegetables and fruits, he makes his own bread, has goat cheese, milk and salted goat meat.

    The first three days went really good, I enjoyed every minute of it. Eating great cheese, enjoying the weather and overall experiencing a new thing in my life. The vegetables and fruits added a whole new taste experience to me since they were naturally grown.

    But the last two days were a hell - the old man and his little granddaughter don't have anything in life except thinking about the goats, playing with the goats and enjoying the mountain air. Which is cool for a few days, but after those days you are just tired of smelling like a goat the whole day, you miss a nice hot bath, that great cheese which you are constantly eating the last few days is not as good as the first day, and overall you just want to go home.

    And not only that, I knew that a mess is waiting for me back at home since I did not have that tool with which I work daily - internet. So after those first few days passed the only thing which I did was grabbing GPRS signals to accept and solve some urgent mails.

    So did I enjoy my time there? Yeah, I did, it's a good thing to experience that type of life for a few days, but everything above five days is just to much for people who are not making their money with goats and who enjoy the modern life.

    I got some pictures on my phone which I will upload later, the goats and the whole house look really old school, you will not believe me that I was sleeping there actually :)

    Now I gotta go, still have unanswered mails, pm's and a bunch of skype conversations, apology to all those who waited so long!
     
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  2. No.RuleZ

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    u got crazy being there for so long i will
     
  3. nonin

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    sounds cool :) post some pictures
     
  4. loswarrior

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    Once in awhile it is good to get away from it all and appreciate the things we usually take for granted. But all in all, sounded like a great experience.
    But good to see you back on BHW again!
     
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    Nice story thanks :)
     
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    Post some pics and we will see how it was. :D
     
  7. virtual.indiano

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    Well that's how half of the people in this world live and believe it or not they are more happier than you and me with or without money.

    Going by your name I assume you are from the Balkans and you know more than me that most of the people in Balkans live their life like a King even when they have less money. There will always be ample amount of food, rakija and cheese for every guest who comes to your house be it for slava or just a friendly visit. I had a chance to live like this in Southern Serbia last year and it was one of the best thing I ever did in my life even though I cannot speak proper Serbian. But there are some lessons in life you learn in a different way and I guess this was one of them :)
     
  8. Griller

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    Don't get me wrong here, farm life is great, I know more farmers than non-farmers.

    But I hate goats, hate hate hate goats.

    Don't know why, probably because they are shifty.
     
  9. synfig

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    We are goal chasers on BHW. Getting back to slow life bites us hard. I rarely go out of my house these days and when I do, my neighbours look at me as If I am some sort of celeb.

    I am also dying for similar experience. Ofcourse I will make sure that someone is looking after the work before heading to such place.

    You learned one good lesson of minimalism and slowing down in life.
     
  10. silentthunder

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    It's easy for me to imagine what you went through, sorta, cause I did the same thing for two weeks in the Adirondacks in the dead of winter. Me, my ex, this crazy old coot who was strong and slightly mad and his saucy old girlfriend. One Big difference. We had electricity. It was amazing. Average daily snowfall was 4 inches! It was a bee pollen and ginseng farm. I showered every other day. Guess I'm a wimp but I absolutely hate cold showers. I'm a spoiled American who loves his 20 minute long hot showers twice a day.

    There was a woodstove on the first floor and my girl and I stayed on the 2nd floor in a small room without heat except a foot wide hole in the floor for heat from the stove to rise up. We also had an old electric blanket and since average temperature outside were sub zero with the wind chill factor we practically lived in that futon bed. Meanwhile the blanket would dehydrate us and sometimes suddenly get too hot. I cut a lot of wood. You wouldn't believe how much bulk two weeks of chopping wood gives you unless you already know. He also kept around 10 wild dogs that he would get in the city and bring upstate. Savage fuckers. The first time we arrived they barked and growled as if they would rip us to shreds once we stepped out of the van. Next day my ex and I are hiking in the deep woods surrounded by 10 happy-go-lucky 4 legged bodyguards. I felt invincible. lol

    Sometimes one of them would nudge my knee firmly and wouldn't let me go where I wanted to. Later when we returned the owner said they were protecting us from Grizzly Bear areas. I said "Oh! That's a good thing."

    We were supposed to stay on for 2 months. After two weeks we got cabin fever and my ex and the owner's woman were about to war. So I left in a hurry but it was still an awesome time overall and I proved I could live without the net for 2 weeks which was amazing because everyone who know me said Impossible. Didn't think I could do it either.
     
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