The Importance Of Elsewhere #traveltales

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Photo: Ballintoy, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

This morning I read the introduction of Paul Theroux’s, The Tao Of Travel and it has filled me with the energy I need for today. He shares his insight on his own need to seek something else, to contentedly travel in enriched solitude and discover the importance of elsewhere, whatever that means. Those that seek this lifestyle understand that the road is much more than simply seeing a beautiful waterfall or iconic building. The importance of elsewhere helps to define us. As wonderfully written by Paul Larkin.

The Importance Of Elsewhere

Lonely in Ireland, since it was not home,
Strangeness made sense. The salt rebuff of speech,
Insisting so on difference, made me welcome:
Once that was recognised, we were in touchTheir draughty streets, end-on to hills, the faint
Archaic smell of dockland, like a stable,
The herring-hawker’s cry, dwindling, went
To prove me separate, not unworkable.

Living in England has no such excuse:
These are my customs and establishments
It would be much more serious to refuse.
Here no elsewhere underwrites my existence.

By Philip Larkin
mournes_editedPhoto: The Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

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