My Mind Map

The sentence above. I always set my mind to this sentence since I was a teenager. I always wanted to travel around the world, I set my mind and keep telling to myself that, if I want it, then I have to go for it. So, I write this proudly, that I'm currently in Europe, learning a better German language. But the thing is, I get what I always wanted. Which means, when you keep telling yourself that you can go for and get it, then it is.

I was in this cuty Strassbourg - France. Travelers are chatting around me; the usual conversation about where they came from and where they’re going next. Down on the beach, surfers are catching the last waves of the day and men driving horse-drawn carts haul firewood into town. In many ways this is an idyllic scene, but to be honest, for a while today I was feeling a bit tired and jaded about travel. When you’re on the road too long the spark of newness fades, and travel can feel like a long, pointless slog, a detour from loved ones and from life.

Then I started reading the quotes you’ll find below. Some made me laugh. Some made me wince.

But all of them rang true, and reminded me of why I travel: to learn and grow, to challenge myself, stretch my limits and foster an appreciation of both the world at large and the chair waiting in front of the woodstove back home.

Freiburg - Germany August '09

1. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” –Mark Twain

Basel - Swiss Aug'09

2. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

Rhein River - Basel - Swiss Aug '09

3. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Frankfurt - Germany Sept '09

4. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” –Samuel Johnson

Heidelberg - Germany Aug '09

5. “All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” – Paul Fussell

Bismarckplatz - Heidelberg - Germany ' Aug09

6. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac

Strasbourg - France Sept '09

7. “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb

Dom - Strasbourg - France '09

8. “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes

Strasbourg is a romantic place. Indeed :)

9. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck


Anonymous said...

bagusnyaaaaa. lols. baby.

Anonymous said...

"When you keep telling yourself that you can go for and get it, then it is."

You should remember these quote schatzi,when you feel your failed. :)

Arika said...

danke sayang :)

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