Monday, December 27, 2010

the going is often as fascinating as the arrival

Monday, December 27, 2010

"…How did you get there? Even without the suggestion of a motive, a prologue is welcome, since the going is often as fascinating as the arrival. Yet because curiosity implies delay, and delay is regarded as a luxury (but what’s the hurry anyway), we have become used to life being a series of arrivals and departures, of triumphs and failures, with nothing noteworthy in between. Summits matter, but what of the lower slopes of Parnassus? We have not lost faith in journeys from home, but the texts are scarce. Departure is described as a moment of panic and ticket-checking in an airport lounge, or a fumbled kiss at a gangway; then silence until, 'From the balcony of my room I had a panoramic view over Accra…'

Travel, truly is otherwise. From the second you wake up you are headed for the foreign place, and each step brings you closer."

~ Paul Theroux, The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas, 1979

2 comments:

Arti said...

Beautifully said... Have a Happy New Year, Angeli:-)

Angeli said...

happy new year to you too, arti! :)

 
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