“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.” Karen Blixen, Out of Africa Months of planning, getting near time to leave. My duffle is almost packed. Farewell cow town – am waking from my winter nap & headed for the savannas, the deltas, the dust of the land where lions roar.
“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money”. – Unknown Happy New Year! Thanks to Matador Network for the above quote… hope it’s a wonderful new year of adventures for all. Read more at http://matadornetwork.com/bnt/30-funny-travel-quotes-to-make-you-smile/#JGIjE6HD02Iw1j0H.99
This is indeed India! The land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendour and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of hundred nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of traditions, whose yesterday’s bear date with the modering antiquities for the rest of nations-the one sole country under the sun that is endowed with an imperishable interest for alien prince and alien peasant, for lettered and ignorant, wise and fool, rich and poor, bond and free, the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the world combined.
Thank you, Mark Twain
Countdown to India: can count in hours now, 72? something like that
“Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury
Cpuntdown to India: 22 days (it’s 9 pm here so maybe that’s really 21 and bit)
“In India, I was living in a little hut, about six feet by seven feet. It had a canvas flap instead of a door. I was sitting on my bed meditating, and a cat wandered in and plopped down on my lap. I took the cat and tossed it out the door. Ten seconds later it was back on my lap. We got into a sort of dance, this cat and I…I tossed it out because I was trying to meditate, to get enlightened. But the cat kept returning. I was getting more and more irritated, more and more annoyed with the persistence of the cat. Finally, after about a half-hour of this coming in and tossing out, I had to surrender. There was nothing else to do. There was no way to block off the door. I sat there, the cat came back in, and it got on my lap. But I did not do anything. I just let go. Thirty seconds later the cat got up and walked out. So, you see, our teachers come in many forms.” ~ Joseph Goldstein
India: Countdown starts now, 30 days to Delhi
And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark
A good midweek thought…
A passport, as I’m sure you know, is a document that one shows to government officials whenever one reaches a border between countries, so the officials can learn who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly. ~Lemony Snicket