How often have you been on a trip when you’ve found inspiration for some project or other to embark upon when you get home? Or even just a new way of handling something you’ve been doing for a long time already?
Partly it’s the inspiration of what we see and do while travelling (taking a pottery lesson in Shigaraki lead directly to my taking up pottery when I got home). But it’s also having the time away from our usual commitments and concerns, away from the places and routines that are familiar, which allows us to think differently.
That’s why this quote from Kazuo Ishiguro resonates. Born in Japan but having lived most of his life in the UK, Ishiguro is a successful novelist, best known for The Remains of the Day.
Have you found a new way of thinking about things, or launched a big new project (or even a small one) after your perspective has changed while away travelling?
The Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik is a really stunning piece of architecture. Full of the most striking interplays of light and shadow, unusual angles and corners, beautiful textures and colours it’s a space that is endlessly stimulating and we whiled away several hours here on a rainy Reykjavik day. That’s Pete at the back, taking a photograph as I take one of him.
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