Sunday, December 26, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
2. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
3. “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
4. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson
5. “All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.” – Paul Fussell
6. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac
7. “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb
8. “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes
9. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck
10. “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang
11. “Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.” – Aldous Huxley
12. “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson
13. “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
14. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese
16, "A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi
17. “When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.” – D. H. Lawrence
18. “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark
19. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
20. “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard
21. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber
22. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru
23. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux
24. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson
25. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
26. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” – Robert Frost
27. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
28. “There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner
29. “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu
30. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener
31. “The journey not the arrival matters.” – T. S. Eliot
32. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
33. “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain
34. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy
36. “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and I remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli
37. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou
38. “Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.” – Elizabeth Drew
39. “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe” -Anatole France
41. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon
42. “I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith
43. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
44. “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
46. “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux
47. “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G. K. Chesterton
48. “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clifton Fadiman
50. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Have you ever faced a situation in which life seemed to get really complicated? Something happened that made you throw all your plans overboard?
In June 2007 I explored Tikal, the majestic ruins in the middle of the jungle in the north of Guatemala. "Survivor: The Maya Empire" was filmed there in 2005. This was my 5th visit to Tikal and I loved it as if it had been the first. Just when I was walking back to the parking lot to get the bus back to Flores, it started to rain. I took my cheap but handy plastic poncho out of my bag, put it on and began walking towards the exit of the park, a 10 minute walk. In the evening I decided to call the bus company to confirm my ticket to the Mexican border the next day. I was so excited about spending a few days in Cancun! I looked for my bus ticket and I realized that not only I did not have my tickets, but I did not have my passport, phone numbers, and bank information. NO! I felt like I had been punched really hard in the pit of my stomach.
For a minute I felt so lost and angry at myself I literally felt sick. As a traveler I know the importance of keeping your documents dry so I had everything in a Ziplock bag. I always carry in my bad and take care of it, or so I thought. How could I lose it? I was staying at a hostel where I shared a big room with 5 other travelers. Had someone took it from my bag thinking it had money? I freaked out. I could almost see myself wasting a week or more in Guatemala city getting a new passport and a new US visa to be able to travel via Miami to Egypt where I was moving to teach in a couple of weeks. I began to say good bye to my delicious 2-week trip to Cancun. But somehow I pull myself together and I reminded myself of how for many years I have believed in the power of prayer and being optimistic no matter what. I took a deep breath and thought of what to do next. I went to tell the receptionist at my hostel about what had happened. She knew a lady who knew where the actual manager of Tikal lived in town! I went to a travel agent who knew his address. I walked and found the house and talked to his wife because he was not home. Again I began to get discouraged.
Walking back to my hostel I asked myself: what do I do now?! After considering the options I decided the best thing to do was to get on a bus to the park the next morning. On my way there I prayed and I thanked God for everything He has provided me in my life. I thanked Him for my family, for my career, for the opportunity to travel, for His love and mercy in my life. I also pictured in my mind walking to the office and a clerck telling me: yes, we have it sir. As I arrived I thought to myself: perhaps I am not supposed to go to Cancun. Then I thought: no, I want to go and I trust God will take care of me at all times.
And yes, they had it!! Someone had found it and returned it!! I thought carefully about all this and I realized later that the passport fell off when I took the poncho out of my bag.
Everything was back on track!
I had lost just one day, but I learned a great lesson about not letting circumstances determine how I feel and what I think. On top of that, that day was sunnier so I wandered around Tikal and took better pictures than the previous day.
Que hacer ahora?!
Has enfrentedo alguna situacion en la que parecia que tu vida se complicaba demasiado? Te paso algo que te hizo tirar todos tus planes por la borda?
En Junio del 2007 explore las ruinas de Tikal, las majestuosas ruinas en medio de la selva en el norte de Guatemala. "Survivor; The Mayan Empire" se filmo allí en 2005. Esta fue mi 5ta visita a Tikal y me encanto como si hubiera sido la primera. Justo cuando estaba por regresar al parqueo para ir a tomar el bus de retorno a Flores empezo a llover. Saque mi poncho plástico barato pero útil de mi morral, me lo puse y empece a caminar, una caminata de unos 10 minutos. En la noche decidi llamar a la compania de bus para confirmar mi boleto a la frontera de Mexico al dia siguiente. Estaba super emocionado de pasar unos días en Cancun! Busque por el boleto y me di cuenta que no solo no tenia mi boleto sino que no tenia mi pasaporte, mi libreta de telefonos, y mi informacion bancaria. NO! Senti como si me hubieran sacado el aire con un golpe en el estomago.
Por un minuto me senti tan perdido y tan enojado con mi mismo que literalment me maree. Yo se lo importante que es mantener los documentos secos, asi que tenia todo en una bolsita plastica que siempre llevo conmigo y que cuido muchisimo, al menos eso pensaba yo. Como pude perderla? Me estaba hospedando en un hostal donde compartía la habitación con 5 viajeros mas. Sera que alguien en el hostal la tomo pensando que tenia dinero? Me asuste. Ya casi me veia desperdiciando una semana o mas en la ciudad sacando un nuevo pasaporte y una nueva visa Americana para poder viajar a Egipto a donde estaba por mudarme en unas semanas. Empece a decirle adiós a 2 semanas deliciosas en Cancun. Pero, de alguna manera, mantuve la calma y me recorde a mi mismo que por muchos anios he creido firmemente en el poder de la oracion y el ser optimista pase lo que pase. Respire profundamente pensé en que hacer ahora. Fui a hablar con la recepcionista respecto a lo que me había pasado. Ella conocía a una persona que conocía donde vivía el admistrador de Tikal! Fui a hablar el agente de viajes que sabia la dirección. Camine y encontré la casa y hable con la esposa porque el no estaba. De nuevo me sentí desanimado.
Al caminar de regreso al hostal me pregunte de nuevo: que hago ahora? Despues de considerar las alternativas decidi que lo mejor que podia hacer era tomar un bus al parque la mañana siguiente. En el camino iba orando, dando gracias a Dios por su provision en mi vida, por mi familia, por mi carrera, por la oportunidad que tengo de viajar, por su amor por mi. Tambien me visualizaba en mi mente caminando hacia la oficina y a un guardaparques diciendome: Si, lo tenemos señor. Al llegar empece a pensar: quizá no deba ir a Cancun por alguna razon. Luego pensé: No, yo quiero ir y confio en que Dios me cuidara en todo momento.
Y si, lo tenian!! Alguien lo había encontrado y devuelto a la oficina. Pense detenidamente sobre todo esto y me di cuenta que el pasaporte se cayo cuando saque el poncho de mi morral.
Todo volvio al plan original!
Solo perdi un dia, pero aprendi una gran lección sobre no dejar que las circunstancias determinen lo que siento o lo que pienso. Ademas, ese dia estuvo mas soleado asi que volvi a caminar por Tikal y tuve oportunidad de tomar mejores fotos que el dia anterior.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Stamp out conformity.
Stamp out conformity.
Stay in bed all day.
Dream of gypsy wagons.
Dream of gypsy wagons.
Find snails making love.
Develop an astounding appetite for books.
Draw out your feelings.
Stop worrying now. If not now, then when?
Make yes your favorite word.
Dry your clothes in the sun.
Eat mangos naked.
Keep toys in the bathtub.
Spin yourself dizzy.
Hang upside down.
Watch children play.
Celebrate an old person.
Send a love letter to your self.
Invent new ways to love.
Wear pajamas to a drive in movie.
Allow yourself to feel rich without money.
Be who you truly are.
Believe in everything.
You are always on your way to a miracle.
The miracle is you!