We had the pleasure of hosting a Chinese man with the most incredible story of having the courage to turn a negative life experience into an exhilarating adventure. This alchemy occurred after his girlfriend left him due to him not meeting her family’s standards. In response, he looked for refuge in what he loved – cycling. After cycling parts of Asia, he moved on to a tour of New Zealand and Australia. We caught him on his way from Iran to Panama. He had cycled from extreme east to extreme west of Europe and was about to take an eight day ship from Southampton to New York (which I didn’t know still operated since the Titanic).
Far from abandoning all faith in the opposite sex, Li has been collecting videos of groups in many cities holding a banner and shouting “Marry Li Rui”. He figures that someday he’ll meet Ms. Right, who will appreciate his interests, be unafraid to detach from their local societal expectations and love him for the ambitious and adventurous man he is. As we stood under the gates of Saint Stephan’s Green in Dublin, I felt privileged to be involved in his video and am extremely optimistic that the more he follows his own heart and dreams, the more he will attract the right people in his life.
Li Rui was our first guest from the website, www.warmshowers.org As seedy as the site name sounds, this is NOT for doggers or swingers. It’s designed as a tool for people on cycling tours to seek shelter, nourishment and a place to freshen up. I was quite amazed to see how many people are on the network and it seems like a great way for like-minded people to meet, chat and offer support on journeys. With our own trip taking us to middle America this Christmas we may be picking up a couple of bikes and heading South the scenic way. I can see this website coming in very handy along the way.
As for Li Rui, he departed for Rosslare to catch a ferry back to England. We’ve arranged to be in Mexico around the same time and will hopefully meet with him there. I wish him the best on his multifaceted journey in life and love.
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