I happened to read a blog post about travelling by an old good friend of mine, Minna Janhonen, https://minnajanhonen.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/helsinki-london-2h40min. She left an incredibly tough question in the end of the page; ‘What does travelling mean to you?’
When I lived close to Paris, I really loved all the metro and train trips – got some time to think, travel in mind.
Ways of travelling – tuktuk in Bangkok, Thailand
Ways of travelling – a flight to a foreign land
Fra Airport, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tradition of travelling – by camels in the desert
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Travelling is a word, meaning usually ‘to move from one place to another’, as in my previous pictures. But there is so much more to it, it’s both a physical and mental life-changing experience.
At the moment, travelling is work for me, in a literal way. Long distances became my office and far lands home. When you are far from home physically and culturally, you really need to feel inside you and search your peace, your history, culture and values. Only by knowing first what I am made of, I can start learning from others.
Deeper inside we are not so different. Cultures, religions, traditions and history have made us act differently. But we all have same feelings, we need love, we want to understand the world, we get angry when something doesn’t work as we are taught, we forgive when things are settled in a respectful and constructive manner.
Travelling means meeting the world and through acceptance learning to live the world.
Past few months I’ve visited Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom, and encountered citizens from definitely all over the world. I want to write about all these encounters as well, but to answer this question about travelling for now, that also was in my thoughts when creating this blog two years ago..
At first travelling was mainly physical for me, but as it became mental and spiritual, it became home.