Diary of a Traveller
Zaharis khuzaaimah is a Malaysian adventurer, film maker and photographer and I’ve just started following him. He travels the world on a bicycle, sleeps in a tent that he carries on the bike and his load is 60kgs.
At the moment Zahariz is in Etenhot China. He has travelled to many countries, such as Norway, Sweden, Iceland, China, Scotland, Vietnam and Mongolia. The reason Zahariz does this, and I quote:-
” The reason I travel this way is I want to be closer to the Almighty and witness the beauty of his creations, and I’m searching and discovering myself, searching for new experiences, searching for the meaning of life, searching for the many questions that have surfaced in my life”.
His photos are spectacular showing the rugged barren landscape, colourful dramatic lighting and pictures that look like they are from another planet. It was great to see photos of Iceland of places I had visited recently. The photo gallery shows photos of him pushing his bike through waist deep snow and sleeping in his fridge like tent in sub zero temperatures, often he says shivering all night. It’s hard to believe that someone would deliberately choose this hardship.
There are many photos of Zahariz lying in the road resting after some hard cycling, it looks strange and dangerous, but I suppose he’s confident that there will be no traffic.
Zahariz crossed the Arctic on his bike, and describes it “I was all alone just me and my bike, but I was willing to face the hardships and obstacles in front of me to watch the sight of the spectacular phenomenon that only happens in the Arctic, something that I had waited so long for, I felt emotional and I’m very happy and grateful to the the Almighty, that I was able to catch sight of this”. He is talking about Aurora Borealis, the mysterious light that brightens the arctic skies, North Swedens magical Northern Lights, and he’s made an amazing film on You Tube called Merentas Dunia Arktik (crossing into the Arctic).
Zahariz says the journey is nothing about travelling around the world on a bicycle, but to live on the road and learn how to accept everything that comes in life the good and the bad. Surely this is what life’s all about, it’s the journey not the destination, it’s the experiences on the way.
When I think of travelling, like most people I think of cities, the people, different cultures, usually staying in comfort, Zahariz is truly feeling the essence of this earth, visiting all the barren freezing lands of the Arctic and being totally self reliant, drinking the spring water and presumably eating whatever is available. Money had no meaning out there because there’s no where to spend it.
The reason I find Zahariz so inspirational is that he’s taken travelling to another level, he’s also pushing himself to limits of hardship that most is us would be unable to endure, he’s tough and focused with a magnificent appreciation for the beauty and splendour of our rugged planet and brings it all to life with his spectacular photographs.
We are all asking questions and finding answers along the way, but then there are always more questions, so we never get it done and we cannot get it wrong, but to go soul searching in the dramatic way Zahariz has done is beyond belief and I look forward to following more of his travels.
Have a terrific Tuesday.