a wandering woman writes

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Why we travel

I stumbled onto a NY Times slideshow I love yesterday, entitled Why We Travel. It's a delightful photo tour of people from everywhere, somewhere else.

The opening slide, a middle-aged blonde estetician from Burbank (Illinois) floating down a river in the jungles of Jamaica with her cabinet-maker husband, pulled me right in. You might have to know Burbank to understand. Let's just agree it's a long way from the jungles of Jamaica. Yet there they are, my fellow midwesterners, exploring the Caribbean far from the beach resorts, wistfully wondering, in the comment that accompanies the photo, what it might be like to be shipwrecked in the Caribbean.

The tour just gets better from there.

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