Travel by Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez, an author I love, described so aptly the joys found from traveling. The original poem written in Spanish, I find a lot more poetic and beautiful (isn’t everything in Latin language?)  For the purposes of my readers who are largely English- speaking, here is a translation. Scroll down for the original Spanish version.

Travelling is leaving home,
Parting with friends
It’s trying to fly;
To fly along new routes
Crossing paths
It is trying to change.

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How I Met The Person I Want to Travel the World With

It all began with a weekend trip to Madrid.

The day started off with a walking tour across the historical sites of the Spanish capital. Astounded by the excellent service provided by the tour guides of Madride Travel, I decided to take up their offer to join the night crawl too. Turning up at 8pm sharp at the bear statue of Puerta de Sol,  a horde of 20 other international tourists joined in on the fun.  Strolling through the cobblestoned streets an hour into the crawl, I overheard my travel partner striking up a conversation with this man with distinguished blonde hair and red beard.

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Lessons from Traveling

I have been traveling full time for the past two months and part-time for seven months before that. Within these nine months, I felt like I was let into a secret society of travelers, those who possess insatiable curiosity, something that they try to satisfy by exploring every possible inch of the planet. As an honour to the travelers that I have learnt so much from, this piece is for you.

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The Tourist’s Contradiction

The world is a contradiction, the universe is a paradox. That definitely applies to people too – human beings are a series of contradictions. Some people say that one is only fruitful at the cost of being rich in contradictions, because the truth lies somewhere in between.

Throughout my travels, I have observed some contradictions that exist in tourists. These contradictions make me chuckle, somewhat an entertaining feat that leaves me wondering of the extent of human contradictions. Probably the most common contradiction committed by tourists, myself included of course is….

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