Traveling, a State of Mind

Traveling has expanded my worldview — but so has quarantining.

Photo courtesy of the author

Until then, I had never been to a place where I didn’t read or speak the dominant language, which I found rather humbling. A reminder to the entitled American: the world doesn’t revolve around you.

Kunsthistorisches Museum | Photos courtesy of the author
Sachertorte | Photo courtesy of the author
View from the tour | Photo courtesy of the author
Views from the Fortress | Photo courtesy of the author

As I explored the cities of Austria and Germany, I noted the way people seemed to respect the space, as if they had the city’s future in mind.

Rathaus-Glockenspiel | Photo courtesy of the author

I think it’s easy for us to grow desensitized to the places and people we associate with the everyday, with normal. Until it is stripped away, that is.

Looking out at Lake Constance before crossing over to Zurich | Photo courtesy of the author

While some lament “time wasted,” I’ve decided to treat this time as a journey in its own right, opening up my mind to new ways of experiencing the world.

Writer & technology professional, based in Los Angeles | I also write at jomiyoko.blog

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