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"Everything I pick up seems to lure me away. Everything I do in my daily life begins to feel like striking wet matches.

The need to travel is a mysterious force. A desire to go runs through me equally with an intense desire to stay home. An equal and opposite thermodynamic principle. When I travel, I think of home and what it means. At home I'm dreaming of catching trains at night in the gray light of Old Europe, or pushing open shutters to see Florence awaken. The balance just slightly tips in the direction of the airport.

I asked an impulsive question, What if we did not go home, what if we kept traveling?

- from A Year in the World by Frances Mayes


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Feb. 24th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
Gosh, how I feel you on this! All of my traveling for the majority of this year is wedding related and more about errands than truly traveling. It is so frustrating to be living in Europe, with 25 days of paid vacation and wasting a whole year not exploring!
Feb. 24th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
25 days! Is your company hiring ;)?

This book is really wonderful so far, the part that I quoted is from the introduction. Highly recommended, if you're interested.
Feb. 24th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
Hey, that could be me! I love to travel, yet I'm always happy to come home.

But not as happy as when I'm traveling.
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