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Travelling Partners – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

November 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on Travelling Partners – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Love, Quotes, Travel

Never to go on trips with anyone you do not love.

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It is Not Necessarily at Home That We Best Encounter Our True Selves – “The Art of Travel” – Alain de Botton 

June 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on It is Not Necessarily at Home That We Best Encounter Our True Selves – “The Art of Travel” – Alain de Botton  · Travel

It is not necessarily at home that we best encounter our true selves. The furniture insists that we cannot change because it does not; the domestic setting keeps us tethered to the person we are in ordinary life, who may not be who we essentially are.

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Journeys are the Midwives of Thought – “The Art of Travel” – Alain de Botton 

June 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Journeys are the Midwives of Thought – “The Art of Travel” – Alain de Botton  · Travel, Uncategorized

Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than moving planes, ships or trains. There is an almost quaint correlation between what is before our eyes and the thoughts we are able to have in our heads: large thoughts at times requiring large views, and new thoughts, new places. […]

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The Anticipatory and Artistic Imaginations Omit and Compress – “The Art of Travel” – Alain de Botton

June 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Anticipatory and Artistic Imaginations Omit and Compress – “The Art of Travel” – Alain de Botton · Travel

The anticipatory and artistic imaginations omit and compress; they cut away the periods of boredom and direct our attention to critical moments, and thus, without either lying or embellishing, they lend to life a vividness and a coherence that it may lack in the distracting woolliness of the present.

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Travel Reveals the Search for Happiness – “The Art of Travel” – Alain de Botton

June 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Travel Reveals the Search for Happiness – “The Art of Travel” – Alain de Botton · Philosophy, Travel

If our lives are dominated by a search for happiness, then perhaps few activities reveal as much about the dynamics of this quest—in all its ardour and paradoxes—than our travels.

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Travelling with the Wrong Person – “Me Talk Pretty One Day” – David Sedaris

March 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on Travelling with the Wrong Person – “Me Talk Pretty One Day” – David Sedaris · Description, Travel, Writing

The two women arrived in New York on a Friday afternoon, and upon greeting them, I noticed an uncommon expression on Alisha’s face. It was the look of someone who’s discovered too late that she’s either set her house on fire or committed herself to traveling with the wrong person. “Run for your life,” she […]

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Bombay: The Acclimatisation Station for India – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on Bombay: The Acclimatisation Station for India – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta · Culture, India, Multi-culturalism, Travel

The Gateway of India, a domed arch of yellow basalt surrounded by four turrets, was built in Bombay in 1927 to commemorate the arrival, sixteen years earlier, of the British King, George V; instead it marked his permanent exist. In 1947, the British left their Empire under this same arch, the last of their troops […]

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Dancing Lessons from God – “Cats Cradle” – Kurt Vonnegut 

July 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on Dancing Lessons from God – “Cats Cradle” – Kurt Vonnegut  · Religion, Travel

As Bokonon says: “Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.

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20 Minutes Never Means 20 Minutes – “Up in the Air” – Walter KirnOh yeah – this SOOO True

July 10th, 2011 · Comments Off on 20 Minutes Never Means 20 Minutes – “Up in the Air” – Walter KirnOh yeah – this SOOO True · Quotes, Travel

Bad news. Our flight, 119, is twenty minutes delayed, and twenty minutes is almost always a lie. It means we’ll get back to you. It means buzz off.

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Superviruses of Modern Travel – “Up in the Air” – Walter Kirn

July 9th, 2011 · Comments Off on Superviruses of Modern Travel – “Up in the Air” – Walter Kirn · Science, Travel

The superviruses of modern air travel, steeled by exposure to diverse immune systems and virtually injected into the lungs by high-efficiency ventilation systems, can hang on for weeks, bringing on a multitude of symptoms that mimic those of more serious illnesses.

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