Sunday, 19 January 2014

Travel, and the Whole Story

Decades ago....Mark Twain wrote:

"Travel....is fatal for prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."

It's an honest and humble quote.

Over fifty-five years....I've traveled a good bit around America, a small bit of Panama, and nearly half of Europe.  The thing is....after a few trips....you start to subject yourself to different perceptions.

Some foods are better elsewhere.

Some beer and wine have been taken to another level....making you almost beg for another sip.

Some folks build houses to last months and years.....and some build houses to last decades and centuries.

Some folks are naturally liberal but nice about it....understanding that you might be fearful of such liberal behavior.

Some are naturally perceived as honest but a pain-in-the-ass.

Some folks get a bit of whiskey in them and want to tell you of their woes and sorrows....more than some guy in Arkansas or Alabama.

Some folks think buildings and infrastructure is an art....while some tell you that a couple dabs of red paint in slanted directions is a masterpiece.

Sometimes....a day on the edge of the Rhein River....might take out a ton of stress.

Sometimes....a single hour in a London trendy store will take a month off your life.

After a while, you get to the point where you might be willing to see things differently.  It's not a terrible thing....like them forcing you to stay an extra month in Honduras, or thinking New York City is a swell place.....or getting some crazy idea that cabbage and whiskey can go together for a daily treat.

Life is....what it is.