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Infinite Disdain – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner

November 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Infinite Disdain – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner · Elitism, USA, War

On the highway to Toledo we passed several tour buses full of what looked like Americans, digital cameras already in hand, and as we drew past them I expressed infinite disdain, which I could do easily with my eyebrows, for every tourist whose gaze I met. My look accused them of supporting the war, of […]

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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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Politics and Travel – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Politics and Travel – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Politics

Bjelke-Petersen described flying as the “best relaxation apart from being home”: “You know when you get into a cockpit and get absorbed in all the instruments and takeoff and so on, it’s a tremendous feeling of relief just as you leave the ground to know that there’s no telephone, and to know that you’re right […]

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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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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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