My Fifteenth VT Anniversary
Hello, fellow travelers!
“To travel is to live” is the best-known quote of Hans Christian Andersen who loved travelling and was one of the greatest globetrotters of his time.
January 2 is my VT Day. I have been a proud VT member for years and have enjoyed this opportunity of meeting lots of travelers and reading their exciting stories about the amazing places they have visited or about their homecities. I was glad to join this marvelous site in January 2001. It's great to have so many virtual friends in different countries!
Unfortunately, I do not travel as often as I would like to. I have traveled mostly on business: as an interpreter, as a participant of different seminars and conferences and as a teacher leader with school students' groups.
Having visited some really nice places, I decided to share my knowledge about them here. Let's continue sharing our impressions in the future.
Here are some good words I have found in books sitting in a train during my trips.
1. Travel as the greatest science and serious science that helps us rediscover ourselves. © Albert Camus
2. It is necessary to travel, it is not necessary to live. © William Burroughs
3. A man is made happy by three things: love, interesting work and the opportunity to travel… © Ivan Bunin
4. We find after years of struggle that we not take a trip; a trip takes us.© John Steinbeck
5. Sometimes one day spent in other places, gives more than ten years of life at home. © Anatole France
6. The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land. © Gilbert Keith Chesterton
7. Is there anything, apart from a really good chocolate cream pie and receiving a large unexpected cheque in the post, to beat finding yourself at large in a foreign city on a fair spring evening, loafing along unfamiliar streets in the long shadows of a lazy sunset, pausing to gaze in shop windows or at some church or lovely square or tranquil stretch of quayside, hesitating at street corners to decide whether that cheerful and homy restaurant you will remember fondly for years is likely to lie down this street or that one? I just love it. I could spend my life arriving each evening in a new city.
© Bill Bryson, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe.