Travellers’ tales

13 Feb

SalvosFor me, this was no geek dinner (though I don’t know what Stuart, Paull and Simon – half hidden here – were talking about).

The common theme was travel. There was a murmur of approval when I said that Gail‘s a travel writer. The night before I’d watched Tim (who I’ve known since we were 10) present the first in his travel series on BBC4. (If you thought the sheep’s brains and ram’s testicles looked indigestible, he tells me there’s worse to come when he reaches China.)

It’s strange, then, that I’m no longer much of a traveller – at least in the first of its dimensions:

  1. Distance. (Time zones, borders, geography, weather etc.)
  2. Time. (My stone farmhouse isn’t that old, but 1771 is prehistoric in the context of modern Australia or America).
  3. Empathy/imagination. (Even the simplest form of communication – such as a lecture – involves surmounting barriers of age, gender, language, interest, culture. Travellers are forced to build bridges and make connections, even to improvise communication.)

2 Responses to “Travellers’ tales”

  1. Heather Yaxley 13/02/2007 at 11:45 am #

    I like the idea of time and empathetic travel – thanks for provoking some thoughts.

  2. Sam Wilcox 14/02/2007 at 10:13 am #

    I think I’ll be taking my holidays on Second Life this year! Air Travel is soo 2005…

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