The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

A Heartening Tip for Homebodies

Travel? One need only exist to travel. I go from day to day, as from station to station, in the train of my body or my destiny, leaning out over the streets and squares, over people’s faces and gestures, always the same and always different, just like scenery.

It is in us that scenery is scenic. If I imagine it, I create it; if I create it, it exists; if it exists, then I see it like any other scenery.

Life is what we make of it. Travel is the traveller. What we see isn’t what we see but what we are.

-Fernando Pessoa. The Book of Disquiet.
istanbul, bogaz tur, bosphorus cruise

7 comments on “A Heartening Tip for Homebodies

  1. ME and the Boss
    November 28, 2014

    Borrowed a part of this for my blog post of 12-19-14.
    Does the travelling companion have a name ???
    Love, hugs and keep on travelling … ME

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      November 28, 2014

      🙂 Yes, his name is Mooch. My aunt gave me this money back when I was in college, and my brother and I had it in our kitchen for a while. Then SOMEHOW, Mooch found his way into my suitcase. 🙂 My brother also gave him the mustache.

      I’m glad I made a post on your page! I’ll mark it on my calendar so I don’t miss it. 🙂
      Paige

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  3. ChristineR
    December 8, 2014

    Reblogged this on Christine R and commented:
    I found these admirable words on Paige’s blog.
    “It is in us that scenery is scenic.”
    -Fernando Pessoa. The Book of Disquiet.

  4. ChristineR
    December 8, 2014

    Reblogged. Thanks Paige. Cute dogs before, cute monkey now! 😀

  5. la_lasciata
    December 8, 2014

    You do find the most apt quotes, Paige ! – dunno how you do it. 🙂

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      December 9, 2014

      Thank you! 🙂 I’ve been keeping my favorite lines from books for ages. It’s nice to be able to put the stockpiling to good use these days.
      All my best,
      Paige

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