Travel's Effortless Novelty
"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." So says Bill Bryson, renowned travel writer, and the man who so often and so eloquently puts my feelings into words.
When we travel, even the most mundane tasks become an adventure. Grocery shopping, particularly for us bargain hunters, becomes a game of hide-and-seek, pointing out the items that are normally inexpensive that at this market are three times the price, and locating the deals (A large bag of hot peppers for $.79? Yes, please! Three eggplants for $.79? Don't mind if I do!)
Though we've seen dozens (perhaps hundreds) of rivers, each new river presents a fresh view, something new to marvel at.
A common house sparrow becomes a thing of great beauty when perched on a birch limb stretching out over Niagara Falls.
A simple meal cooked over a fire becomes a gourmet delicacy.
Whatever the experience, as Bill Bryson says, travel effortlessly allows us to be in a position in which everything is new and "almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted."
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