Archive for April, 2010

being open to getting your hands dirty

Friday, April 30th, 2010

In the end, travel – good travel – is about being open to getting your hands dirty. -by Daisann McLane

how is it that this safe return brings such regret?

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Here I am, safely returned over those peaks from a journey far more beautiful and strange than anything I had hoped for or imagined – how is it that this safe return brings such regret? -by Peter Matthiessen

Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of his way

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of his way to come back a short distance correctly. -by Edward Albee

When men of sober age travel

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

When men of sober age travel, they gather knowledge, which they may apply usefully for their country, but they are subject ever after to recollections mixed with regret—their affections are weakened by being extended over more objects, and they learn new habits which cannot be gratified when they return home. -by Thomas Jefferson

Feels like freedom, smells like diesel

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Something about tearing down PanAm highway in dark. Feels like freedom, smells like diesel. This is why I love to travel. -by Andrew Evans (on his “Bus to Antarctica” trip)

they crawl up your sleeve and slip right between your ribs

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

A few places in the world, they call to you, they crawl up your sleeve and slip right between your ribs close to your heart. -by Pam Mandel

the fatal charm of Italy

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

What is the fatal charm of Italy?… I believe it is a certain permission to be human… -by Erica Jong

Far better it is to dare mighty things

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer too much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. -by Theodore Roosevelt

the experience of not really knowing what happens next

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Bear in mind that the special advantage of vagabonding is the experience of not really knowing what happens next, which you can obtain at bargain rates in all cases. … The challenges you face offer no alternative but to cope with them. And in doing that, your life is being fully lived. -by Ed Buryn

stately dance toward nowhere

Monday, April 19th, 2010

…the world is in constant motion, but always the same in substance and state, changing bit by bit in a stately dance toward nowhere. -by Sir Charles Lyell