Amy has kept us nicely busy this week with her theme. What have travels taught me? The more I think about it, the less I can say about it. Except this: Movement is a point of life.
The thing is to move from this to that, and possibly back, but not always. Different places activate different parts of you. You need all these parts activated.
There are shores with perfectly pink sunsets.
There is the warm wind from Africa that dries your mouth.
There is yearning for places where you have never been.
There is recognition of places which you cannot possibly know.
There are so many places, and among them there is one waiting to be called home.
Photos: Uncle MK, Turkey
And now, from the comfort of my home I witness how you did it and will do again. For example, my travelling uncle. Photos in this post are borrowed from his last couple of travels to Turkey (the gallery above) and Egypt (the gallery below. I have no info on specific locations. If you have been there, you might recognise some).
Two other men are travelling to places in a way that I never will. Each wrote a book about it.
One is Fabrizio Soggetto (blog: Are We There Yet?) who has been to -stans and China and wrote the amazing Turn Left at Lenin’s Statue: Travels in Central Asia.
And the other is Jeremy Dales (blog: Ethnic Scarf Club) who went to the foothills of the Himalayas in 2013 and wrote Travels in the Hills: A Trip to the High Places of Asia. I haven’t read it yet but it’s here:
And while some are doing this, I realise that with the exception of some eastern European countries (heavily modernised by then) I have never been anywhere out of my westernised comfort zone. This is how the World Tour map of my life looks like thus far. (Originally posted here. The second map in that post shows my nine Pearl Jam shows. Tenth has been added since, the one in Rome 2018).
My world tour map
And finally, I wish to draw your attention to certain posts that got to me lately:
- I haven’t read many posts for this challenge yet and I know this is no contest, but when I saw travel teachings of Sarah at Travel with Me I realised that it would be hard to say and show it any better than she did.
- Smitha’s three posts from Jaipur in Rajasthan on her blog Eúnoia put me right there. What a glorious place! Here is the first.
- Carol Ann Siciliano made me tear up with her description of Italy’s welcome in Return: Priverno, Italy.
- Dalo. Man, he welcomed the Year of the Tiger all right with this post from Peru.
So you see, lessons left and right and one doesn’t even need to move the dog’s head from one’s lap.
Photos: Uncle MK, Egypt
For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, hosted by Amy at THE WORLD IS A BOOK…: Travel has taught me
This day in my blogging history
2017: They say that instead of cursing the darkness, one should light a candle. Nothing is mentioned, though, about cursing a lack of candles.