Summer vacations are a very strange thing. I live and work in the fast-paced, crowded business district of a big city, and when I get the chance I spend my holidays in the countryside. Sometimes near the sea, sometimes the mountains. It can take me days after arriving there until I start relaxing. I never quite enjoyed giant cities, now I try to find good things about them because that's where I live and I don't have much choice considering the type of job I have. I do feel fortunate to be able to spend time far away from that place. It's refreshing, it helps clear the mind of all the clutter and think about the bigger picture. I love my job, the challenges, the potentialities, but sometimes really, I just feel like quitting everything and move to a quiet place where life wouldn't feel so gray and apathetic. We're constantly wired and absorbed by screens, by marketing, by temptations of all sorts, by our never satisfied egos, making so little time to be present and do things we love and share those things with others, instead running around like headless chicken with no meaningful endeavor, except for seeking recognition through comparing ourselves with others on practically every aspect of our lives. There is a life outside big cities and the Internet, although I don't know for how much longer. Take the chance to experience it as much and often as you can.