"Ideally, travel broadens our perspectives personally,
culturally, and politically. Suddenly the palate with which we paint our lives
has more colors. We realize there are exciting alternatives to the social and
community norms that our less traveled neighbors may never consider…but you can
only reap these rewards if you’re open to them….Make a decision that on any
trip you take, you’ll make a point to be open to new experiences, seek options
that get you out of your comfort zone, and be a cultural chameleon-- trying on
new ways of looking at things and striving to become a 'temporary local.'”(emphasis mine)
I confess, Rick Steeves' guidebooks aren't usually my guidebooks of choice. When traveling I tend to favor Lonely Planet and Rough Guides. (This probably has much to do with the fact that most of our travel has been in developing countries while most of Steeves' travel has been in Europe).
But this book beckoned to me from its "faced out" perch in our library. With a title like that, I had to check it out. What did I learn? Despite our very different travel preferences, Rick Steeves and I have come away with similar beliefs.
Here's another quotation from page 161:
"I’m convinced that people-to-people travel
experiences can be a powerful force for peace."
Indeed. Once I have a personal connection to a place, I care more deeply about its citizens. And that care extends to people who know me and know of my travels. Many of my students would come to me after seeing news of a capsized ferry in the Philippines or a change in the President of Peru. Once they heard of my travels there, they consumed the news differently. They cared about people they never even met. But they knew me and I knew people there.
And this quotation from page 5:
"Travel challenges truths we were raised thinking were
self-evident and God-given. Leaving home, we learn other people find different
truths to be self-evident. We realize that it just makes sense to give everyone
a little wiggle room."
This, I find, can be one of the hardest points to make understood to non-travelers. We don't have a monopoly on what's right or just or good. We have our way. Other cultures have their own ways. A little respect for those differences goes a long way.
Do these quotations ring true you? Do you have a favorite travel quotation?
Today is a pretty spectacular fall day. #NoFilter
Want to learn to play guitar, ukulele or bass? With the changes in season come changes in schedule. My son @dantecusolito has new openings available for lessons. All lesson happen @southcoastlessons @hatchstreetstudios in New Bedford, MA. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book. Please spread the word.
My last “fresh sauce” of the season. Everything in the sauce was grown within 5 miles of here. Onions and garlic from Cervelli Farm. Tomatoes, eggplant, basil, oregano, and fennel seed from our garden. We still have loads of tomatoes in the garden, but they’re all green, and I don’t think many more will ripen. Not enough for a whole sauce, anyway. I used the last scrappy bits of basil tonight, too. It’s the official end of the gardening season here. #RuralLife #gardening
Maybe I shouldn’t have added that deep purple carrot to my chicken, veggie, tortellini soup. It looks kinda weird, though it tastes the same as always.
@kimberlygriffithpsyd maybe you’d like some?
So... I harvested a “few” peppers today. 😳 I’m not sure how my family of 4 will manage to eat all of them. #naturesbounty #gardening
I just learned that this beautiful kinetic installation in Custom House Park, New Bedford will be coming down on Tuesday. #silvercurrent by #patrickshearn
Local friends, you really should check it out if you haven’t. If you go downtown today, you can attend the Bow to Stern Festival, too.
Image by @karenromanoyoung. Shared with permission.
On this day of #schoolstrike4climate
I stand with students and #kidlit4climate Thank you to everyone who’s out marching. I’m not marching. Instead, I’m contributing by putting my writing skills to work writing a time-sensitive proposal for a book project that will highlight cutting edge science being done by @woodshole_ocean. WHOI’s expansive, dynamic, 6 year research project will expand our knowledge of the ocean twilight zone. One key focus of the research: the role of the twilight zone and its inhabitants on the global carbon cycle. #globalclimatechange #globalclimatestrike #climatechangeisreal
More pics from the Massachusetts Book Awards today at the Massachusetts State House. Thank you @masscenterforbook for a lovely day. The weather was gorgeous, so my walk from South Station and back was perfect. The last image is my final stop on the Greenway where I sat for a while and fleshed out more ideas for my WIP. (Yep. Of course I had my notebook in my bag. You never know when a great idea will strike). Tagging @jyolen @heidieys
One of my favorite pics from the @masscenterforbook awards at the Massachusetts State House today. (My other pics are vertical photos so they’ll require a second post). I was honored to have #FlyingDeep recognized and glad to spend some time with #KidLit friends. #literacy
@skortch @heatherlangbooks @jemorrisbooks