Chromes, a 3 set photo book by William Eggleston, just one of handful of photo books I lust for. Currently sells for €820, $850 US, $1626.92 CAD
There are no shortcuts to travel. When days turned into weeks, turned into months and turned into years, it wasn't so much the destination anymore. It was the in between moments, the pee break next to a small pop up restaurant in the middle of nowhere, half asleep, dazed, half confused, having lost all perceptions of time and space; looking forward to a new hostel bunk, then doing it all again in a few days.
I'm currently down in Munich, attempting to do a few photo shoots for a tour company, and the weather couldn't be better, if I had asked for some blowing snow.
My favorite book blog and all in one site for fostering creativity, braingpickings.org, posted a fantastic short video, simply titled, The Gap, using a speech given by Ira Glass, host of This American Life podcast. That short video drew me to his podcast and the first episode I listened to talks about something all travelers are familiar with - the anti-malaria drug, and stories by some who took Lariam.
In act 3 of the podcast, we'll hear an interview with David Maclean, telling his story of waking up one morning, on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there. No money. No passport. No identity.
Instead of seeing the Great Pyramids with a horde of other travelers and locals selling camel rides, another backpacker and I decided to see the pyramids from a different point of view. I think we left the hostel shortly after 4 in the morning, getting a cab ride down to someone who could get us a couple of horses. We rode in pitch black darkness across the desert, with locals racing each other, and sprinting past us at very unsafe speeds. We waited inside a Bedouin tent, drinking hot tea and shivering in the cold desert night, waiting for the sunrise. Of course, it was completely covered in fog, but having the experience to see the Great Pyramids, almost completely to ourselves, except the few crazy locals still racing around on their horses, is what makes traveling so great.
When I first set out on my round the world trip, my first few months were just a series of highlight reels; looking for one great adventure after another. But they're simply highlights, they don't occur during my every waking moment. They were a lot of long pauses in between, small moments that went by, completely oblivious to me in the beginning. But it's these small details that help make the picture complete. Start noticing the small details and moments.