“The Chinese say that there is no scenery in your home town. They’re right. Being in another place heightens the senses, allows you to see more, enjoy more, take delight in small things; it makes life richer. You feel more alive, less cocooned.” ~ Jane Wilson-Howarth
Even living in London – one of the most loved and visited cities in the world – it’s true that you somewhat stop noticing the amazements of your home over time. While I still do look up in admiration at a particular example of historical architecture, or the way London comes alive when the golden hour before sunset lights up its street, most of the time I’m scurrying about my business, and London is simply the backdrop, as home commonly is.
Stepping away from home, whether that’s to somewhere nearby but unfamiliar, or to the other side of the world, tends to have the effect of opening one up to all the many wonders of a different place. All the small details stand out, exactly because of their lack of familiarity, and senses come alive. When you are on holiday, it’s even more the case that a break from the daily grind results in a renewed sense of excitement, and a renewed interest in drinking in everything about you.
I love this photo of a lone farmer walking through some of the many impressive historical sites of Peru. For those who are born and live next to these fascinating places, I am sure they become just another part of one’s local landscape, and life goes on as usual in their shadow. Yet for us tourists, they are compelling in both their structure and purpose, something wholly new and different from what we see in our own locales.
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