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The Wanders of the World | Maureen Good

Of all the elements of daily life that the international health crisis has disrupted, the inability to travel is perhaps one of the most striking.

Health and security measures have, and continue to, protect human lives and ensure the continued fight against the virus. Lockdowns and working from home have become a new normal, and in a way have reinforced our sense of gratitude and appreciation for the people around us and the time we get to spend with them. Yet, the inability to go abroad and discover new cultures has been a great weight on the dynamism of our international community, and as new lockdowns are imposed, I can’t help but feel saddened by this renewed emphasis on our inability to journey across the world.

I miss the taste of authentic Italian food, the beat of flamenco street music, the melody of unknown languages dancing in my ear during commutes to famous historical landmarks. My mind aches with longing for places that I have yet to discover, from the labyrinths of Japanese cherry trees to the great waves specked with experienced surfers of the South-African beaches. Yet this loss is also a reminder of the privilege of being able to travel; the personal privilege of being healthy and wealthy, and the human privilege of living in an international society ready to share its best kept secrets with the wanderers of the world.

It reminds us that these foreign planes are a gift, and that their cultural specificities should be cherished and respected; it reminds us that our planet is beautiful because of all of its diversity, all its wonders.

Which part of the world are you most eager to discover? Did any of your travels change how you view our world?


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