Wanderlust
Wanderlust
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First day of exchange:
The 25 Least Visited Countries in the World
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"To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life all around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pusue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget."
-Arundhati Roy
What Travel Does To You
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"But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses."
Bill Bryson, Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe (via missallover)
Brilliant Planet: Youth Exchange:
Parting words from a Rotary youth exchange student
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What You Tell People When You Get Back From Exchange
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"Something is always born of excess; great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities…If it seems to you that I move in a world of certitudes, you, par contre, must benefit from the privilege of youth, which is that you move in a world of mysteries. Both [certitude and mystery] must be ruled by faith."
Anais Nin (via philanthropista)
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theaestate:

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