“Man must rise above the Earth — to the top of the atmosphere and beyond — for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.” -Socrates
Did Socrates know that flying objects like airplanes exist?
Travel has a spiritual undertone to it: it is a gateway to learn from this world. Sometimes, I look at world maps and wonder how long would it take to cover the entire Earth? Not much, I muse.
Then I get to a city. And realize that this just one center of human activity that has so much on offer to learn from. There are hundreds of such cities in the world. Then there are the towns, villages, and farmlands. What about that entirely uninhabited regions of the world? Forests, glaciers, ice-sheets, deserts, and grasslands. And we’ve not even gotten to the abundance of life in water bodies — which covers 2/3rds of the Earth’s surface. And hey, this is all just the surface. There is the inner crust, mantle and core, too.
I take back my musings, the Earth has enough on offer to teach. At least for this one lifetime. Let’s see where we go. Here’s a map of where I want to go in the next two-four years (shoot me an email if you’re is interested in going to any of the places roughly covered on the arcs):
I also got hold of a useful feature on Facebook, and have uploaded it here on this website. A list of places I’ve already been to.
Summer 2012. First two weeks of the Summer. Realize that planning has its own place, but spontaneity is as important. This was not planned AT ALL, and I truly learned a lot.
Below, Fall 2013. Crisscrossing the North-east.