At the hostel, which was a chaotic jumble of bric-a-brac, I had the extreme good fortune to meet some very interesting people called Dee, Tommy and Vaz. Dee and I in particular had a great connection (she is a writer and plans to come to Britain), Tommy is a musician - quiet, thoughtful and possessed of a great humour, warmth and earthiness. They were visiting Rossko and I joined them in the lounge while we all ate dinner, and we ended up spending hours chatting and putting the world to rights. It was fantastic to have good, solid conversation and after spending time in the mountains. I've always been excited by these philosophical, meaning of life sort of conversations as I feel that they allow people to reveal themselves and be vulnerable with each other, but also have iron sharpen iron - that people sharing their ideas and opinions blends and develops those ideas (and the relationships between people) beyond what they would be in isolation. It is like drinking from a deep well.
One other thing to remember about Dee was that she really encouraged me on my path, which is something I've not experienced a lot of: she told me not to worry about being a success as a furniture maker as I am clearly passionate about it, and just to do it! She also posited the idea of publishing my experiences. I have started to wonder if there is a book in this trip, but she told me that radio, newspapers (e.g. Sunday supplements) would be interested in my story, which was a real surprise to me. What a wonderful meeting with a stranger that was!