“If I didn’t live the way I do, I would feel stale, comfortable and get into a routine, which I don’t like, I need change” – Lubo
Lubo and I met on bar in the streets of Barcelona.
- Name? Lubo
- Where were you born? Varna, Bulgaria
- Current Location? Barcelona, but I’ve been living in Montreal on and off for 15 years now.
- Last location? Montreal, Canada
- Next location? Bulgaria for a few weeks to play at 2 festivals in the mountains.
- What’s the hardest thing about living this lifestyle? To maintain creative projects with bands, organize all people involved to practice together. Also, having a relationship it’s hard with this lifestyle.
- And what’s the best part? The feeling of freedom to be yourself. You don’t have to prove yourself to anyone. When you move to a new place, you start from nothing, no expectations from anyone. For me it’s also a spiritual thing, when you’re in one place people expect you to be a certain way and that can restrict you. If I didn’t live the way I do I would feel stale, comfortable and get into a routine, which I don’t like, I need change. Another good thing about this nomad life is the learning experiences you absorb from new places.
- Profession/source of money? I am a musician, but my main source of income comes from being a freelance consultant in applied data analysis for clinical research companies. I’ve been working for a company in Boston for 1.5 years, they are very flexible and I can work from anywhere but now I want to take it to the next level and live in Barcelona instead of The US and Canada.
- Hobbies/Sports? Snowboarding is my passion, I like doing tricks, jumping rails and stupid shit like that. Oh yes and vintage motorcycles, I own a blue 1977 BMW. Do you have photos? Of course, its like my girlfriend.
- Your dream project? I’m actually looking for that now. Something where I help people, maybe volunteer or start a school.
- When & why did you start traveling? I was 18 when I left Bulgaria, I always wanted to experience the rest of the world, not just backpacking but live and really experience new places, like meet the locals and learn the language.
- Favourite place in the world? Definitely Asia, maybe it’s the Buddhist lifestyle, maybe a past life, who knows but Nepal and Burma are incredible, they are the nicest people i’ve met. Maybe one day I’ll move there and work in a school and be able to help Tibetan kids.
- What would be your life advice to a group of high school students? To always be connected to your heart chakra, learn to listen to it. You can’t live life fully unless you open this area. In school they don’t teach you this sort of skill, they don’t tech how to really live life or how to have an open heart.
- What book are you currently reading? Ken Wilber – No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth, 1979
- The Last book you read? The Lost World by Conan Doyle , it’s a novel about Japan.
- Do you believe in love at first sight? Yes, at least the feeling of connection, and then it turns into something deeper.
- One tip for any one thinking of joining this nomad lifestyle? Have a project or a purpose don’t do it just for the heck of it. Also, make sure you are somehow sharing what you learn long the way, because as nomads we are continuously learning. Oh yes, and interact with others along the way, people are interesting.
- Anything else you want to share? I practice Tibetan Buddhism but as a philosophy not as a religion, I read a lot about spirituality and I’m really interested in this sort of things. Oh Haha and I almost got drugged by travesties once in Siem Reap, Cambodia on New Year’s Eve; we were drunk, a bunch of locals came to us, they were big guys, but I turned around and something came from my core and I started shouting at them to scare the shit out of them, it worked!