I’m back and excited to tell you all the details about my first trip to South America. Stay tuned! A comprehensive post with lots of great info about attractions in Buenos Aires and plenty of great pictures is in the works, and it will be up soon!
I felt a little off kilter for a few days after returning home. Maybe it was getting off the plane in flip flops to find a light *snow* coming down in Dallas, or maybe it was adjusting to the lack of sunlight in Dallas now compared to the long spring days in Buenos Aires, or maybe it was just returning to a normal routine? Thankfully, whatever it was, I’ve come through on the other side, and I’m already looking forward to my next trip!
“What, then, is a travelling mind-set? Receptivity might be said to be its chief characteristic. Receptive, we approach new places with humility. We carry with us no rigid ideas about what it or is not interesting. We irritate locals because we stand in traffic islands and narrow streets and admire what they take to be unremarkable small details. We risk getting run over because we are intrigued by the roof of a government building or an inscription on a wall. We find a supermarket or hairdresser’s shop unusually fascinating. We dwell at length on the layout of a menu or the clothes of the presenters on the evening news. We are alive to the layers of history beneath the present and take notes and photographs.” Alain De Botton, The Art of Travel
The fresh eyes and beginner’s mind inherent in the experience of traveling to a new place, as noted above, foster creativity and open mindedness, which are some of the main reasons that I choose to travel.
Why do you travel? Does it make you feel or think differently? Any exciting travel goals for 2010?