For today I chose a quote by James A. Michener for Writer’s Quote event hosted by Silver Threading. This author is best known for historical fiction and even received a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948 for his first novel, Tales of the South Pacific. He wrote historical fiction sagas focusing on a particular geographic region, letting his readers experience the different countries through his books.
I love this quote – why do we travel, if not to experience something different? And if we move to another country, but close ourselves up in a little bubble of everything familiar, are we enriching our lives? Of course, you don’t have to like everything you see, hear or taste, but how would you know without even trying?
Most of the time I cook our traditional dishes at home, although a couple of new products became our new favourites during the years on the move. We still go to our usual Christian Orthodox church, but I would never be able to tell people with another religion that they are wrong – who am I to judge on such a question? We have friends of different nationalities and backgrounds – you can find best friends among others, the same way as you don’t have to like each and every person coming from your home country. Moving around can make you more openminded only if you let yourself open up to the experience.