Lust For Life!
Where it all started
Hi, it’s Szilvi and Levi, just an average life-loving couple. Ok, not that average. Our story meant to be average, something like after moving together, changing our small room at my parents’ to a small flat (with debt and mortgage) in the same small town, for years and years working in the same mediocre job what we don’t even like, buying a car and raising our kids.
Maybe going on a holiday once a year, and step-by-step letting our dreams go without knowing what’s out there or what else we could’ve achieved, being jealous of successful people and “knowing” the world and its people only from the news and from Facebook. Then closer to the end we`d be just wondering what if we’ve chosen to take the leap. What if we’ve been braver, more open and taken charge of our own lives? What if…
So, when the opportunity came up, we moved to London with one aim: to build a standard British life with decent jobs (and salaries), being active part of different communities and not being only immigrants. Only because we’re told it’s impossible. Yet we found home.
"Every time we do something new, we grow." - Dave Cornthwaite
Well, a lot. The main one probably is that as beginner adventure-seekers and as non-runners, we decided to run the Uganda International Marathon in 2017, so we jumped into it together. Awesome. Quite a challenge and what a 10-day adventure it was in the Pearl of Africa. Since then a lot have changed. We came alive and started craving for our total freedom, leaving everything behind what we’ve worked for so hard.
lust for life that rocks
Coming from a small Hungarian town, through a decent life in London, we left everything behind to design a life with full of adventures and travels. No, we’re not special.
We do what everybody else does, we live, we work, we (will) raise a family, we grow old and we die. The difference is, that we try to make the most out of it and constantly pursue our own dreams. It’s about exploring ourselves and the world, trying something new instead of settling, living outside of the comfort zone and training our minds to be open, flexible, positive, because we know that there is much more to this story. We don’t want to just pass through the years here.
It’s about creating an independent life by our own rules, wherever we please in the most beautiful places. A life that isn’t based on traditions, religions, politically or socially accepted models. It’s simply questioning ourselves, our beliefs, our intentions and facing our inner truth. Making it worth to remember.
It’s a mentality, a lust for life. Finding our ways to fill our life with the extraordinary.
What we’ve done
Apart from quitting our jobs, selling everything and going for the unknown and the uncertain, we filled up our spare time with things like these:
Ran a marathon (and a half marathon) as non-runners, volunteered and were Team-, Clan leaders in Uganda during race week
Had showers in the mornings in the open-air eco-shower in Uganda with the nicest view ever and ate at markets where we would’ve been slapped in the face by our mums if they had seen it
As a marshal ran the last 2K with 70-year old Bob, the DFL (Dead Fucking Last, as he put it) of his marathon after cheering on the runners with the local police in the Uganda Marathon
Had pizza in Turin on the 1st wedding anniversary, went for a Safari in Uganda on the 2nd one and swam with dolphins in Zanzibar on the 3rd one
Drank scotch and got a little drunk cruising on the Loch Ness in Scotland
Travelled to Paris by Eurostar, dressed as a blond Elvis
Took an inevitable piss by the Eiffel Tower in a bush (Really sorry…)
Took another inevitable piss by the Acropolis in a bush in Athens, Greece – Here we go again…
We vaguely remember drinking whisky and dancing to Irish music in the Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland – Sure it happened, right?
Semi-unexpectedly swam (then played drama queens) with sharks in Phi-Phi Island, Thailand
Hiked up and ran down on the Volcano Etna in Sicily
Wondered into a local fiesta in Palermo, Sicily and bought a weird sandwich from a guy looked like Tony Soprano
Levi proposed as a US Navy Sailor by the River Thames with a poem in Spanish (none of us speaks Spanish, but it sounds romantic) in London
Hiked on glaciers and in the mountains and dipped in natural hot springs, also baked bread in the hot ground in Iceland
Drove around the mountains in Mallorca, also reversed on its motorway and went against the oncoming traffic on a one-way road for a short distance, without ending up in the news
First time ever on a scooter in Barcelona, immediately on the motorway with the two of us
Got shocked in the Sex Museum in Amsterdam and tried to forget it with beers in Bruges the next day
Went to The Greatest Showman singalong in the Prince Charles Cinema and saw the original Hair Broadway musical in the Westend, London – #goosebumps
Laughed out loud how unstoppably bloated we were during a walk in Monaco (it was very much noticeable)
Glamorously had an ice cream in Cannes and found one of our happy places in Nice
Volunteered with Under One Sky to help homeless in London`s streets, spent nights out with them
Pretended to be the emperor in the Colosseum in Rome
Attended to a traditional Indian wedding on Remy`s and Ricky`s big day in London
Drove around and waterbiked in Europe`s Grand Canyon, the Gorge Du Verdon in France
Hiked the Bärenschützklamm in the Almenland in Austria
Volunteered teaching English at the Refugee Resource Centre in London
Got goosebumps as we walked the same path as the ancient Olympians to the track in the Panathenaic Olympic Stadium in Athens
Fed hundreds of small fish with our skin in the Lake Vouliagmeni in Greece
Casually had showers in waterfalls in Phuket, Thailand
Visited and volunteered in the Jungle in Calais when the refugee crisis peaked
Ran away from Zombies in the 28 Days Later, interactive Secret Cinema show in London
Fought for our food with monkeys in Gibraltar. We lost.
Walked the Caminito Del Rey in Spain (refurbished but still…with the fear of heights)
Flew with a WWII aircraft (only Szilvi, Levi is a chicken)
Camped in the cold, wet and awfully muddy October in England and had the best and most inspirational time at Yestival with true adventurers – in 2017 and helped organizing it in 2018
Fed Elephants in Thailand and hiked its highest mountain
Trained Muay Thai, broke bones, actually Levi’s in Thailand
Watched Muay Thai in the Rajadamnern Stadium, the oldest one in Thailand
Climbed the Three Peaks in the UK
Supervised hundreds of kids in summercamps in Hungary
Sang the tune “Always” on Bon Jovi concert together in the Hyde Park
Cheered on the Hungarian football team against England in the Wembley Stadium
Bought cheap tickets from dealers (scalpers) to see Lenny Kravitz, Evanescence, James Blunt, Slash in the famous Hammersmith Apollo in London
Walked around the rocks of Stonehenge
Cheered on friends in the London Marathon
Checked out how small Shakespeare and those people were at his home museum in Stratford-Upon-Tent, they had tiny houses
Randomly got a 1-minute role in the interactive show, The Faulty Towers Dining Experience in London
Got married, our service was given by the best friend
Screamed like a girl in the zorbing ball (Levi) in England
Fed tigers in the Whipsnade Zoo in England
Did magic in the Harry Potter – Warner Brothers Studio
Woke up to the nicest view by the Jurassic Coastline in our Vauxhall Zafira, while exploring the South of England
Dropped people`s jaws by SUP-ing on the canal in London
Cleaned the canal (20K) with a waterbike in England
Camped and shivered with a bunch of positive thinkers without tents on Summer Solstice in England
Crossed the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and jumped on every stone in the Giant`s Causeway, Northern-Ireland
We’re happy to share our ups and downs, the failures and the happy moments.
That’s where the blog comes in. And why not write it together? You can easily realise whose thoughts you're reading by the style: Szilvi's always typed in Italic. I’m the one who likes storytelling and going into details. This way it`s really ours and both of us are represented, so you can see how we work together. Like a couple-project. I’m (Levi) in the clouds and she’s more down-to-Earth being my rock.
We always listen to and support each other in whatever crazy idea we have and it works perfectly fine. We don’t hold each other back at all, whoever is leading our team is pulling the other one.
We meet in the middle, we're in balance. We create our life together.