Friday, December 16, 2011

Goodbye Europe

'I'm going home.'
'— a sharp lad with a bit of experience of the world could – what?'
'I said I'm going home,' repeated Twoflower.
'What home?' said Rincewind, astonished.
'Home home. My home. Where I live,' Twoflower explained sheepishly. 'Back across the sea. You know. Where I came from.'
 There was a pause. Then Twoflower said, 'You see, last night it occurred to me, I thought, well, the thing is, all this travelling and seeing things is fine but there's also a lot of fun to be had from having been. You know, sticking all your pictures in a book and remembering things.'
'There is?'
'Oh, yes. The important thing about having lots of things to remember is that you've got to go somewhere afterwards where you can remember them, you see? You've got to stop. You haven't really been anywhere until you've got back home. I think that's what I mean.'
Rincewind ran the sentence across his mind again. It didn't seem any better second time around.
'Oh,' he said again. Well, good. If that's the way you look at it.'

-from 'The Light Fantastic' by Terry Pratchett.

Goodbye Europe!


Neat Rat said...

Nice passage. Ideal :-)

Neat Rat said...

And seeing this post reminded me of a line in your previous post.

"And I plan to post about my journeys on a regular basis, as well upload a few pictures."

I was waiting for those posts, never came..! Not a very nice thing to do to your followers! But, a Euro-trip does that, does it not?

Aniket Khasgiwale said...

Ah yes. I really regret not carrying around a laptop during my travels, as during the long train trips I often felt the urge to blog but I couldn't. I feel that I am poorer for the fact that I could not jot down all that came to my mind during my travels.

However, I have made some notes on the back of train tickets while traveling. Now I just need to make sense of them and write a few blog posts. I know it wouldn't be the same as posting live updates while traveling, but hopefully it will help me relive some of those fond memories.

Neat Rat said...

Actually, posts after a little bit of introspection, with some nostalgia and fond memories showered in do come out better. At least to those who can either imagine what you are saying or identify with it.

The immediacy of an experience usually makes the expression a bit unromantic, a bit too factual, don't you think.

Plus, carrying laptops is a pain. :D

Aniket Khasgiwale said...

Posts after some introspection do turn out better, but there were a lot of interesting anecdotes and snippets that I would have loved to share but are now lost forever. Also, it helps in getting the facts right - I often find it hard to put a caption to most of the photos that I have taken during the trip. And it makes for better reading (I guess) when I mention names instead of saying ' that blonde American girl I met in Madrid.'

Neat Rat said...

True..! Ab koshish kar yaad karne ki :)