“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
Last week I told you about navigating the streets of Sicily and the perils associated. My critique on accessibility may have come across as, well, critical…but, when you meet a challenge while traveling, I hope you can have a sense of humor about it and appreciate the experience.
Unlike daily life, nothing about air travel is routine (except for disrobing at the airport). You can plan and schedule all you like, but you will inevitably encounter a surprise. Spontaneity cannot be eluded–I’ll let you in on a secret; that’s one of the coolest parts about traveling!
I’ve been guessing since I arrived in Italy. Some guesses aren’t too interesting, but others lead to a cascade of events you could have never dreamed of.
It really is true; nothing quite compares to the wonder of interesting guesses.