30 Days of Indie Travel Project Day 29: ONE WORD – What does travel mean to you in one word? To Read the blog in Italian click here
I have chosen the the word “MERAVIGLIARSI“, but it is difficult to translate this Italian word into just one English word, as it encompasses a range of emotions. It can mean: to wonder, marvel, to be surprised or shocked, to be amazed, astounded, bewildered, stunned or startled. “Meravigliarsi” seems an appropriate word for me, because when I travel my senses are awakened on many levels and even the ordinary becomes extraordinary.
Bill Bryson once said: “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” I find this to be true as well. When I travel I notice things I might miss or take for granted back home. I marvel over the flowers in the open air market, just as I am amazed by the facade of a church. Walking down a street, I notice the cobble stones under my feet, I feel the coolness of a cantina interior and I bask in the sun that filters down through olive trees. Everything is new and everyday is a story that is being written as it unfolds. Nothing is expected or habitual, so nothing can be taken for granted. That is why traveling for me is a meraviglia!