Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Become a stranger in a strange land

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

One of the paradoxes of otherness is that in travel, each conceives the other to be a foreigner. But even the most distant and exotic place has its parallel in ordinary life. Every day we meet new people and are insulted or misunderstood; we are thrown upon our own resources. In the coming and going of daily life we rehearse a modified version of the dramatic event known as first contact. In a wish to experience otherness to its limit, to explore its nuances, I became a traveler…. Non-travelers often warn the traveler of dangers, and the traveler dismisses such fears, but the presumption of hospitality is just as odd as the presumption of danger. You have to find out for yourself. Take the leap. Go as far as you can. Try staying out of touch. Become a stranger in a strange land…. 

 ~ Paul Theroux, Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings, 1985-2000, 2000


Arti said...

Wow! Just beautiful... The joys of travel...
Wonderful read this!!
Have a fabulous week ahead Angeli:)

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