“What possible relation can there be between living something and telling it?” – Carlos Fuentes
The meal that may have changed my life. I placed my hand on the napkin blanketing the loaf of white bread and found it still warm! Our host baked us fresh bread, and prepared a spread of food to satisfy every taste. Maybe having someone to share breakfast with is not such a terrifying idea. - Christine 2015
"She opened her novel, wondering if, now, the bound pages had traveled further than the stories of travel between the covers. She quickly released that thought, for with travel, quantity has little meaning.
How many and how much do not matter. The way is neither right nor wrong, though the way creates the story. It matters little how far the body travels, only that the mind is open. Rereading her favorite passages, her mind traveled beyond her present state, her soul making its own tracks, apart from the train." - Never Always
Travel is about changing unknown unknowns to known unknowns. It is about asking better questions, it is about accepting that for everything you learn, there are infinitely more things you realize you do not know. With open ears and eyes, one learns much about other cultures. But with an open mind, one learns even more about oneself on the road.
How would you describe the color blue to a blind person? You would compare it to something they already know. Everything is relative. How do you describe the land across the sea to someone who has never been? The more one travels, with an open mind, the less one may compare things to his home, for he has so many more points of reference, so many places where he has rested his head. He can feel more beauty in the similarities and can articulate more details in the differences. The art becomes finding the words to match the feelings.
"Are you on vacation?" she asked.
"No. Just free," he responded.
Sometimes it is not about going somewhere new. Sometimes it is about returning. In a different season. With someone new. From a difference perspective. Upside down. But no matter the change we choose, the greatest change is to allow ourselves to be changed.
Why do you travel? Tell us in the comments.
Christine & Angel
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