"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?
My “office” for a few hours today. Yes, I kayaked a little and floated a little, but I DID get some work done, too. I set-up my research notebook for a new project and read a bit of one of my resources. I didn’t get as much work done as I would have at home, but it’s been pretty busy around here and the break was nice. I’m home now and back to reading. #amwriting #amresearching
I love this squid gate in Woods Hole and the cuties in front of it.
This picture makes me so happy. I know you can’t tell from the image, but that’s my book...in France! 🇫🇷 I love the thumbs up. #FlyingDeep #STEAM
Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2018.
I’ve been busy so I didn’t post, but I wanted to share a few images from #2018folklife on Sunday.
As many times as I’ve been on the National Mall, I’m still awed by the view of the Washington Monument every time. The images that follow include making lavash in the Armenian section and human towers and giants in the Catalonian section. So much cool stuff was happening in DC last weekend.
National Portrait Gallery
On Sunday, we made a short visit to the portrait gallery. We had a toddler with us, so it was not to be a long trip. The plan: go directly to see the Obama portraits and then catch whatever else we could in the time we had.
The first painting I noticed was Henrietta Lacks painted by Kadir Nelson. @kadirnelson is my favorite illustrator, so I recognized his work from afar. I’m blown away every time I see one of his paintings in person.
On our way to see President Obama’s portrait, I spotted the Chuck Close painting of President Bill Clinton. I’m fascinated by Close’s work. Viewed from a few feet away, his paintings don’t look like his subject. From a distance, the subject is so clear.
The next photos in order are: •President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley, •Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald, •A sculpture of Rosa Parks by Marshall D. Rumbaugh that I find fascinating for its use of perspective,
•LL Cool J by Kehinde Wiley.
Last, is Toni Morrison by Robert McCurdy. Morrison is one of my favorite writers, so I spotted her image before I even entered the room. His painting (yes, painting, NOT photograph) hangs to the left of Michelle Obama’s portrait.
We didn’t stay long, but I couldn’t have asked for a better collection of portraits to see during our short visit.
Capitol Hill Books, Washington, DC. This place is one of a kind. This sign near the front door cracked me up. And, yes, that’s the foreign language section in the bathroom. If you have claustrophobia, you probably wouldn’t want to shop here, but you can make some great finds. Mine is the book in the last photo: Words Without Borders. #wordnerd
Being in the DC Metro area means lots of places to get delicious Ethiopian food. #yummy #IMayHaveEatenTooMuch.
This is my favorite photo from my event @eastcitybookshop yesterday. Photo by the talented @g_meus Look at these two cuties. They each got their own copy. ❤️#FlyingDeep