Archive for December, 2009

only thing you have to do is be born and die

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

The only thing you have to do is be born and die. Everything else is choice. And the sooner you learn it, the better your choices are. -by Jolly Butler

must be felt with the heart

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. -by Helen Keller

men boast of the miles covered that day

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Too often … I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen. -by Louis L’Amour

travel and adventure change and elongate time

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Travellers understand, instinctively and by experience, that travel and adventure change and elongate time, even while navigating the deadlines of airline and train departures. -by Paul Sheehan

Qualifications for a Traveler

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

He should be endowed with an active, indefatigable vigor of mind and body, which can … support, with a careless smile, every hardship of the road, the weather, or the inn. -by Edward Gibbon, on the Qualifications for a Traveler

knowledge of one other culture

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own. -by Margaret Mead

Ramadan lights on his Christmas tree

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Noticing the twinkling lights strung up in honor of the holy month of Ramadan, I thought, “Charming – they’ve draped Christmas lights between the minarets.” But a Turk might come to my house and say, “Charming he’s draped Ramadan lights on his Christmas tree.” -by Rick Steves

Travel by sea nearly approximates the bliss of babyhood

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Travel by sea nearly approximates the bliss of babyhood. They feed you, rock you gently to sleep and when you wake up, they take care of you and feed you again. -by Geoffrey Bocca

three things which make life worth living

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

There are only three things which make life worth living: to be writing a tolerably good book, to be in a dinner party of six, and to be travelling south with someone whom your conscience permits you to love. -by Cyril Connolly

you’re ending your trip and everyone else is beginning their day

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

There’s the sad truth that you’re ending your trip and everyone else is beginning their day, and it hits you that their day will go on there, that they get to live there and you don’t. -by Christine Cantera, “Miss Expatria”