“Can you leave the country - or even town - for a week? Two weeks? A month? Three months? If the answer isn’t no, it could be yes. Today is a good day to pack.”—Abroad: A Travel Organizer and Journal, Julianne Balmain (via samcnitt)
Fish don’t know they’re in water. If you tried to explain it, they’d say, “Water? What’s water?” They’re so surrounded by it, that it’s impossible to see. They can’t see it until they get outside of it.
This is how I feel about culture.
We’re so surrounded by people who think like us, that it’s impossible to see that what we think are universal truths are just our local culture. We can’t see it until we get outside of it….
“Is there anything, apart from a really good chocolate cream pie and receiving a large unexpected check in the post, to beat finding yourself in a foreign city on a fair spring evening, loafing along unfamiliar streets in the long shadows of a lazy sunset, pausing to gaze in shop windows or at some church or lovely square or tranquil stretch of quayside, hesitating at street corners to decide whether that cheerful and homey restaurant you will remember fondly for years is likely to lie down this street or that one? I just love it. I could spend my life arriving each evening in a new city.”—Author Bill Bryson