The Journey

On October 1st 2013 I started walking.

The goal: to walk from North Italy to India. Did I make it?

The short answer is no! However, I spent 2 and a half years on the road, travelling by foot through Italy, Greece, Turkey, Georgia and Armenia.



When I set out, I thought it was the walking that was the most important thing. I’m on a journey, I told myself, and I felt like I was living in a dream, seeing the things that I have always wanted to. I was enjoying every moment.

However, along the way something changed for me…

Step by step, I realised that although I set out to walk, I began to discover how I want to live.

When I stopped walking, it was time for a change, to take a break and reflect on the wonderful, and often difficult steps I had taken. I didn’t realise at the time, but that was to be the end of the walking…

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

Jalaluddin Rumi

This is my journey…welcome to a taste of ancient routes!

10 thoughts on “The Journey

  1. Just used your Greek journey in my English class! They loved it, and so do I,
    thinking of you and wishing you a safe and lovely route, Jill (your aunt!)


  2. Hi Dave! Great to have bumped into you yesterday in Akrotiri on our travels. I must say one of the more enlightening moments of my life so far. Glad I could be part of your journey, and make you keep that giraffe on its leash! I made footprints in the sand today and they somehow had more meaning than before.


  3. Hey mate… Its that cat you met at Vatican last year… Ive managed to walk from Vatican to Durres so far… On my way to IStanbul… Crossed Dubrovnik way… Bosnia a little.. Montenegro… Anyhow… Wanted to say hi for a while.. for you helped inspire me a little… a lot!
    I have a website. I would like to add this blog to the site… in the ‘artists corner’ section.. I need a small icon of some sort to identify you… Hope to hear from you mate.. buen camino!


    1. Hey man! Funny how life just…works! I am sitting here and reading your message to me and what you’re writing on your website answers all the questions that I have! And man, if I inspired you, then I can tell you that I am once again inspired! Sometimes it gets lonely, and sometimes we can lose “the way” but then there is always a light which brings us back! Thank you my friend! What is the best way to get in touch? Drop me an email ( or skype (dhirtenstein1) because it seems we are heading in the same direction…and we are closer than you know!!!


  4. We wondered where you have been since May and how you are – hope all is well. Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from Debbie and Harvey, “Flying Lion” Corfu.


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