Thursday, December 23, 2010

history and place

Oh and something else from last night, talking to Miguel (who I met at the yoga park and who's also at the apartment I'm staying at), he made some really potent observations about travel and history that made me consider how lazy I have become about experiencing places. Especially having been so lucky to do so much travel in the last couple of years in Europe. His point was that history is not just about what happened, seeing yet another cathedral, beautiful monument or old town, but it's more about understanding and seeing (or even sharing) the passions from the culture and people that instigated the 'historical' event or change. History isn't just a collection of buildings or events, and if we try to understand the passion, this changes how we too can experience the history and culture of a people and place.  

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