Six Months Update

When I was learning how to surf in Uruguay, I met a lot of surfers and they told me that it takes many years to get good, implying that I will suck for quite some time. I didn’t mind because the process of learning how to surf is very fun. I could always stay a beginner and I’d be fine with that, but I’m no longer enjoying the “process” of traveling through South America. As bad as I want to go to Sao Paulo, Salvador, Jericoacoara, and on to Venezuela to Merida, and to Colombia, especially Cartegena and Cali, I simply have no motivation or desire to continue.

At first I thought I was physically beaten. My body has been through a lot, but I’ve been visiting gyms since Argentina and go often here in Rio. Besides my stomach, which is better than two months ago, I’m in the best shape of my life. I think I’m just mentally beaten, homesick and in need of a stable, productive routine. I want to hit the pause button and process the past six months of my life.

Here’s what’s going to happen: I’m going to come home and for one month it’s going to be great. I’m going to see my family, hang out with my friends, catch up with my favorite music, go to the bookstore and read once again, relax in coffee shops that don’t mind me sitting around for three hours, and get back to 100% health. Then reality of the boring, stiff, and beachless DC scene will hit and I will ask myself why the fuck did I come back, especially since I love Rio. Even though I know that is what’s going to happen, I still want to come back, and that is how I know I’m ready to come back. I’m disappointed I failed to fulfill my random dream of visiting every country in South American in one go, but I’m not losing sleep over it.

So the adventure ends. I’ll be home soon.

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Averagejoe
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After your last post about the rat race and the freedom you enjoy, you give up the next day on your “dream”. Not because your forced to by any reason other than you don’t have the drive to follow through. Your giving up. Pussy.

Quit your Dead End Job
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Again Roosh, i keep telling you and anyone else who wants to quit their cubicle – you need to look into affiliate marketing as a career. As a scientist you are smarter than average and shouldn’t have any problems banking six figures easily. One of my “dead” sites (haven’t updated in over 6 months) earns me an average of $1,000 a day.

Either that, or start a clone of a popular internet service (ebay) or social media site like myspace that is particular to the the region of the world where you want to live. Hire some local programmers, code the site in the local language. Better yet start a dating site like match.com, anybody ever heard of latineuro.com? get all the tail you want, make money, live the life you want – and then when the US companies come calling because they want to expand globally cash out and do it all over again!

By the way Roosh, why haven’t you monetized this blog? You’ve got a PR4 Google pagerank – nothing to sniff at. Take some direct ads, dating product reviews, dating site referrals (some of them pay $100 per referral!) etc – You already have what you need right under your nose!

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Don’t blame you I get that way too even in places as great as Rio..

I will say there is severe withdrawal you will go trought after leaving Rio.. and you’ll never have the patience for American women again.. (my current girl is Colombian)

i would have liked to hear your take on Fortaleza, Meddelin, and Cartegna…

maybe I’ll have to don the shoes and take a cross south america adventure. hopefuly my adventures would include less parasites and more pussy.

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mike says
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evidence that too much “freedom” can be as bad as too little?

Ej
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Happens to the best of us. Dont sweat it, I had the same issues on my trip to Europe. At some point you stop caring and you know its time to go home but, you also know you will be back.

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Average Joe needs to grow up. Roosh IS exerting his freedom. He feels like going home and he has the freedom to do so. Sticking to a preset agenda as if it’s the 10 commandments carved in stone makes no sense at all.

Truly being free, means having the right to change directions as desire dictates. Right now Roosh has no desire to continue on his trip. He wants a break. It would be absurd to waste money continuing to travel even though it is not bring the expected pleasure. The smart move is to take a break and return to his trip when HE wants to continue. THAT is freedom.

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considering what its costing you to be down there, and considering you can rest in the familiarity of your own home and country from the cost of a plane ticket, going home for a month or so, resting, relaxing, getting well, and thinking, and i wouldnt be surprised if you were back on plane by march, fired up and ready to go back. Traveling is grueling, sleeping in different beds and rooms w/strangers, eating strange food, a break will do wonders for you, you will be sick of DC and American women, and you will miss South America.

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Roosh you need a PLAN…when you do go back (and i think it IS going to be very soon) try having a real purpose, like a side job or some volunteer activity(don’t laugh), anything to give your life abroad some structure/purpose other than just partying. Then I guarantee, you’ll enjoy your time much better… although partying isn’t too bad either:) this will also bring you out of the “gringo/tourists” status which opens up doors to many new experiences smile

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Sorry to hear you are cutting it short.

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roosh, you, like many other americans, have the luxury and opportunity to see all of south america any other time you want. it’s not going anywhere.

however, prepare to hit a serious wall of depression upon your return. it’ll take you a minute to transition.

p.s. you should have visited panama.

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i’m vicariously disappointed.

btw, i have an idea for a dating site. it’s coming together now.

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Glad you’re coming back. You’ll feel all those aforementioned things but you might be happier to return than you realize.

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mike says
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why are people disappointed? the plan was six months. mission accomplished. seems like folks just got a little too wrapped up in their vicarious living.

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Again, you need to find a way to earn some dough doings this. That way you could come back home for a month and be on the road again as soon as you get bored of DC.

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6 months is 6 months more than most of us will ever do…good job. And as far as a Roosh/Roissy dating website? The world just became even scarier for single DC women.

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Hey roosh, I didnt post on the above Dasha….
anyways, it’s good and bad to hear your plan, but then again if you are planning to go back then there should be no worries returning here. I guess there are only so many months one can live out of a back pack.
We should have a welcome back party at Science Club with a booksigning/autograph/photo-op!

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No worries Roosh, you’ve collected more information and experience than you need for round two — start with Colombia and move clockwise… or, better yet, think about SE Asia. Where US$5 often gets you a private room, bathroom, A/C, and beach.

Don’t kill off that travel bug with too many antibiotics smile

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Bobby Rio
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Roosh

you have to give us a post about the Carnival in Rio…

I’ve been waiting for that post for the last three months…

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There is no beginning or end. There’s just now. If you’re worried about coming “home” to the same ole same ole, why don’t you mix it up? Go to Thailand… by way of DC. It’s just a layover. I think your problem is not the place. It’s passion. You don’t have something you’d rather be doing… something you’d give you left arm to go out and bet the rest of your life on (be it a woman, a game, a method, a hobby, a skill…)

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Dont quit bro keep going.

vb
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call me. i will pick you up from airport.

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What I would give to have no obligations and be able to go away like that.

You should at least head to Colombia before you go back. That’s something you will regret.

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What you did is still quite amazing, and brave, Roosh. Looking forward to one last article on Volette. Stay tuned everyone, it’ll be a big one…

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Roosh
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Carnival is still ongoing. It’s a good way to end a trip like this.

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man.. you have no idea how much I would like to be in your shoes.

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I’ve lived abroad twice, in Wales and Spain. People think it’s amazing, that being abroad is so romantic – bullshit. It’s tough. Pictures are pretty, but you’re right – mentally it’s horrible.

Two things helped me get through it:

1) “Everything you feel is normal.” It’s totally normal to feel however you feel.

2) There’s a well-known adjustment curve of emotions, where you start thinking that everything is great, then one day you’re miserable. It’s totally normal and completely temporary. There’s a low, and then you pull out of it and feel great again. No matter where you are or who you are, everyone goes through the same feelings.

Please, PLEASE find some other expats and just shoot the shit about how you feel for a while. It’ll make you feel better and hopefully you can get through this. Because you’re right – a month after getting back to DC you’ll be kicking yourself.

Anonymous
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Andrew – being abroad is awesome. it means you’re not in the U S of A

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I think Anonymous has a good point- my father always told me, everywhere you go, you take yourself with you.

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I’m on my second long time journey and for me i get homesick between the 4th and 6th month.. After that it just goes away, trust me.. Try and stick it out a little more.. You’re right about it being great when you get back but not for a month though it will just be about 10 or 14 days before you’ll be thinking “shit what have i done”

I came across your blog from craig at travelvice.. And I find you hilarious, especially when crossed with traveling..

Keep it up!!

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So, how much does 6 months in South American cost?

Gunslingergregi
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If it is because you ran out of loot I would be willing to help.
I would also like to see you finish.
come on quite your dead end job match my contribution if that is maybe part of the problem for Rhoosh. Finish your original goal bro. Hate to see you give up.

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Seriously though don’t fuck up your original goal you can do it. when your old and dieing one day what thoughts will you be thinking about your life or would you like to be thinking. I pussed out because it was hard or I fully accomplished whatever I set out to do. Don’t feel bad about losing the connect with the world you left behind. When you go back to the club it will be most of the same people there. It will be like you never left even after a year.

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