Some things travelers don’t talk much about. They don’t talk about the endless hours waiting, waiting at the airport, in the customs line, at a train ticket vendor. They don’t talk about seeing too much trash on the side of the road, or feeling awkward when the local you are trying to ask directions from looks at you with a helpless shrug. We accept these little inconveniences, awkward moments, feelings of frustration, because we expect them to happen. We almost long for them to happen. It’s an integral part of what we want to do…explore and have new experiences.
Then we move on. Either we’re on our way to a new place or we go back home and back to work. We find ourselves longing for the bumpy crowded chicken buses, the pushing and shoving of the metro, trying to buy tickets or food or you name it. As we sit and think back to the beggars looking in the windows, the road kill kangaroos on the side of the road, all the unpleasantness that you’ve recently seen, it all seems to go away.
All you can remember is the taste of that raspberry soufflé, the look as the sun sank into the Mediterranean, the chuckle of the waiter as he set that free çay in front of you. You only see the gorgeous baroque trim on the rooftops, the flowers in the old horse cart, the tumbling down stones of that last castle. We immediately remember all the good times, good food, good traveling. We forget the rest.
…and that is why we go back to do it again and again and again!
I hope you enjoy some of these old posts that illustrate why we love to travel!
What do you think? Do you agree with me?