Do you sometimes dream about the life of traveler? I definitely answer yes and definitely not only sometimes. For years, travelers’ books were close to me, because of my interest in anthropology and religion. I was looking for what it means to be human. What is common to all of us, and what is the cultural structure, maybe completely unnecessary. Today, I came to the stage when life in the city makes me tired and unhappy (I mentioned the problem here). Settled village life is also not for me. Today’s Europe disgusts me. The road is calling me. I do not know when I will step on it. So being in Toruń, I couldn’t not visit the Explorers’ Museum of Tony Halik (also translated as Travelers’ Museum).
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Explorers’ Museum is located in Toruń old town. It was founded, and even expanded thanks to donations from Elżbieta Dzikowska – travel companion and second wife of Tony Halik. In the museum there is a lot of local costumes, jewelry and everyday objects imported from expeditions. There are also large, vivid color images, large banners with photographs and interesting facts, information on places visited and the communities met by Halik, screens with fragments of films from Halik’s expeditions. In the Explorers’ Museum there are also rooms dedicated to the great Polish and foreign travelers.
Is Explorers’ Museum in Toruń worth visiting? My opinion
You know what? Museum amazed me most in terms of aesthetics. The Explorers’ Museum is beautiful. Vivid posters. Someone have thought of the appearance of the walls. Each room looks consistently – they were furnished according to the plan. And these celadon doors, windows and doorframes everywhere in the Explorers’ Museum – I could not look away! Nobody had to think about such details, starting the museum. But they did it.
The content and information that the Museum brings I estimate as … a waste of time. Perhaps because of my two year old who wanted then to be somewhere else. However, what makes me exited about the subject journeys are relationships of travelers. Stories, anthropology, a bit of practical side of travelling. Is it possible to present this atmosphere of travel on a few or dozens of posters and display cases with shirts and jewelry? No. Feeling what travelers felt for me is possible only through books. Nowadays you can also find interesting blogs on this topic.
But 8 zł for a ticket to the Explorer’s Museum is very cheap, so even if the Museum would not meet your expectations, you won’t feel angry.
But I have one cool observation in the subject of anticonsumerism, simple life and living outside of schemes
Now imagine that Tony Halik with his first wife, Pierrette, traveled through both Americas, which took them over 4 years. At that time, his wife gave birth to a son, Ozana. It was the turn of the 50s and 60s of the twentieth century.
How many ultrasound during pregnancy had Pierrette?
Have they used wet wipes for the baby?
Where have they baby-bouncer for their son?
What type of car seat have they chosen for their child?
What brand of baby bum cosmetics have they used to buy?
Had Ozana a carousel over his crib?
How much baby food in jars or in powder had they used weekly?
In which city did they look for the 13-month-old little boy vaccine for rubella?
I have to tell you that before the journey the couple thought they were infertile. And only when they left civilization, followed their hearts, breathed with nature – their bodies and souls have accepted a child.
My guess is that Ozana grew on mother’s milk, and then on normal food without all the inventions necessary for newborns and infants. My guess is that Pierrette did not use pregnancy pillow and did not do HIV testing. I guess they didn’t vaccinate their child. And even if they did, was probably not against so many diseases as we are pushed to vaccinate against today.
And look, amazing for today’s doctors and marketers – the child survived! Mr Ozana lives and does not look retarded because of the lack of plastic and noisy, supporting the development of your child’s toys.
Note that every traveler is minimalist. Most of them reduce their luggage. But even those who take around the world a couple of suitcases and hire porters, have to limit in certain areas of life. For example in number of relationships or daily activities. Since they must have time to move, gather information, visit places, talk, they may give up using skin balm or listening to news, because you can’t fit everything into 24 hours.
You can live happily and normally, and without many problems.
Halik family didn’t have to clean up dozens of toys or to trash wet wipes.
You can live better, simplier and lighter too.
You only need to let yourself give up the schemes.
Some of travellers’ books I like and can recommend to you:
Jon Krakauer, Into the wild
Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage
Eric Weiner, Man seeks God: my flirtations with the Divine
Travel blogs that I read you’ll find here.