I guess I’m just ambitious
I don’t mean to be ungrateful. I appreciate it. Every time. I really do. But I guess I’m just… I’m more ambitious than that.
I’m not sure when we changed over. Was it September 11th? Was that when we stopped saying “happy travels” and retreated into the more fearful “travel safe”? Is that the day we let a finite event darken our ongoing reality?
Because I feel safer abroad than I do at home. Danger is in the mundane, the autopilot trip to the store among people with a thousand things on their minds (and a steering wheel in their hands). Wish me safe grocery shopping if you like, but in the streets of Paris? Safely safe me in safety. Alert to the details of the place I’m enjoying.
I am not scared of your televised danger,
I am not scared of every stranger.
I am not scared, Sam I am…not.
Whereas in the US post office this morning a guy was ranting about “This is bullshit!” and “It’s like the fuckin’ DMV in here!” Granted my local post office is the slowest specimen this side of the Euphrates, but still, this was more hostility than I’d experienced in any of the supposedly dangerous lanes of international travel. And the guy was pushing a baby stroller. Good luck, kiddo. Because the danger is in quotidian malcontentment. Daesh ain’t got nearly that reach.
The worst danger I encountered was the septic stink of a fellow passenger. Which was potent. Whew. Somebody’s belly didn’t start off happy, and airline food didn’t help at all. That’s the danger I faced. No need to call the army. (Well, perhaps they could send a gas mask?)
I am grateful to every one of you who wished me safe travels. I am. Thank you. And I’m grateful that we live in the most peaceful time in human history. (Don’t believe me? Come on my tour and we’ll talk about the Counter-reformation.) A time so peaceful, so prosperous and fundamentally secure that property values around the world have gone through the roof, and hordes of people are crowding into the places that used to be reserved for the privileged few.
Kinda annoying, but better than the alternative.
So thank you, friend, family, acquaintance who wished me “safe travels” yesterday. I wish the same for you. And more. Much more. I guess I’m just ambitious like that.
So where are you happy travelling to now? We’re off to India in 10 days.
India! I’m jealous. Northern?
I’m actually in California, they were homecoming well wishes. I don’t currently have another trip planned! I give it a week before that scares me. How long are you going to be in India?
Where are you in Germany???
The border post, you mean? It’s in southwestern Bavaria near Fussen and Neuschwanstein Castle. We pass through there on our tours and I always lead a hike through the woods (weather permitting), and we pass the abandoned outpost. I dig it. It’s nice to see something built to maintain our separation from each other…now crumbling in the woods. Feels very optimistic.
That’s great, that you are hiking through the woods, those places offer so many hikes and walks. I am originally from Munich.
It’s a bit baffling, isn’t it, how much fear there is in this country, when we live in a time of unparalleled safety? Unfortunately, there are those who profit from fomenting fear, and it’s in their interest to keep banging the fear drum. So, your reminder is welcome. I will make sure in the future to only wish people joyous travels, except when they are traveling on the interstate–and then I may add something about staying safe.
We’ve been travelling in Europe for 3 years. We just bumble around in our little motorhome and rarely do we feel unsafe. We’ve travelled through 29 countries and with the exception of Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania the border crossing are now pretty redundant.
I never gave our freedom and lack of fear a thought, it is something I have come to accept as normal.
Three years motorhoming around Europe! Fantastic! I’m glad you introduced me to your site, I’ll be reading it regularly.
And thank you for the comment, it’s such an incredible gift to have, to live in a time when one [or two ;)] can do that, just mosey around a continent that was wracked by war and brutality for millennia. And it’s a gift that needs to be talked about! Enough of the nay-saying on TV that everything is falling apart! They should give you two a TV channel.
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