- Posted August 1, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Why we travel
Wherever you go, there you are.
I think that while there may be a tendancy to romanticize the people and places we meet when we travel, who we are eventually catches up to us. At the same time, travelling is a heightened experience during which we meet people we otherwise might never meet and see things we might otherwise never see. It's what makes traveling so great. What I think is hard about traveling is remembering that while these experience enhance who we are, they don't make us who we are. We carry that with us wherever we go. As I travel I try to remind myself that I'm not trying to escape myself or to become someone new. Rather, traveling helps me learn who I am.
When I'm fully aware of this is when I have the best travel experiences. The picture above was taken in the Shuk in Jerusalem on a Saturday night, of three travelers I met on the road. On Saturday's, the Shuk (Jerusalem's large street market) closes down for the sabbath. On Saturday night a small bar opens up amid the otherwise empty bazzar. As the night went on more people joined our table and we drank and talked into the night.