Jaume Tàpies at El Castell de Ciutat, his hotel (and home) in Andorra
My survival skills
Cultivate hobbies. I used to be a competitive skier. Right now I'm a pilot. And I play the guitar. What you do that isn't work opens you up, lets you in. In Durban [South Africa] I ended up playing my guitar at a country-music festival.
Embrace solitude. Many times I'm on my own, but these moments of solitude give you a lot of freedom -- I can go right, I can go left, I can stop and eat a hot dog off the street in New York, which I did. Why not? It's about the curiosity and the freedom.
Study service. I live in a ninth-century castle on the border of Andorra and Spain. That's home -- my hotel. The difference between a good hotel and a bad one is one word: care. Find people who care and you will have a great experience.
Avoid nonspots. You lose time in what I call nonplaces -- an airport, a station -- time when you could be seeing and doing other things. Never eat on planes. Eat before. Then walk. Then get on the plane.
Catalogue the day. I do this every night: write in my black notebook with my Mont Blanc pen everything that happened that day. Mostly I write about the people I met -- you will be in there! One day I'll look back and be able to trace this incredible history, but it also helps me remember where I've been.
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