The politics of travel
Sadly last week was a strong reminder that travel has a strong political element that is sometimes ignored. It is easy to forget how much of a privilege it is to hold a passport from a country with very few restrictions on travel. We swing in and out of countries sometimes annoyed by the long wait time at immigration but this is a minor inconvenience compared to being separated from your family and loved ones simply because you were born in the ‘wrong’ place.
I believe the overwhelming majority of the world’s people are peace loving and kind. I don’t think imposing punitive measures ever achieves its intended result. I hope more people around the world are able to travel and experience other the lives of other people and their culture. This quote from Mark Twain sums it up:
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness
Thanks to all the wonderful posts from last week’s Faraway Files we have even more inspiration to draw on. My favourites from last week were:
Daisy the Bus blog took a trip to a fascinating museum in Nijmegen in the Netherlands where visitors are able to experience what it is like to be blind. Read: The muZIEum
Somehow despite visiting Madrid several times I have always managed to miss Toledo. Loved Ruth from Tanama Tales’ perfect day exploring the medieval city. Read: A Perfect Day in Toledo: Travel Itinerary
Bath is absolutely “on the list” for this years adventures. Thanks to Ahila from Perspectives Quilt for sharing some great ideas. Read: Bath Experiences: Visiting No 1 Royal Crescent
This week I thought I would put a bit of a spring in your step with our visit to the beautiful Keuekenhof flower gardens near Amsterdam. Our trip to the Netherlands was almost a year ago and I remember feeling I needed to get some colour in my life after a long winter.
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