Does travel make you more creative? More compassionate?Yes, if you travel with those intentions.
A Facebook friend of mine had posted a photo of El Angel de la Independenica, and said she would be traveling there soon. I commented that I stayed near there when I was there last month. So began our conversation, which ended in a personal message asking me to join her on her trip to Buenos Aires, Uruguay, and Mexico. Her father could arrange a discounted buddy pass ticket as he is retired from Delta, and he didn't really like that she had planned to go alone. At first I said no; it seemed too self-indulgent to be going so soon after my own major trip last month. But after talking to a couple of people, most importantly my mom, and looking at my bank account, I said yes.
Juliana had wanted to go to Buenos Aires because she had done a master's thesis on the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo and other women activists in Latin America. (I am just reading about this now, it is heartbreaking.) When I learned of her interest, very similar to my friend Nuria, whom I had just traveled with to Mexico, I immediately knew we had a kinship. Yes, she is also involved in union work, which was my passion for many years.
She said she added Uruguay because she learned that it would only cost $40 US to go there on a ferry from Buenos Aires, so why not? She also wanted to return to Mexico City where she studied as an exchange student. I was there such a short time, and left knowing that there was more to see and do.
Since making the decision to go, I have spent much of my free time (ha ha, it's all free since I'm retired) surfing the internet and reading up on these places we are going to visit. Very exciting and I look forward to it.
I wanted to do better on this blog when I was traveling in September, but I just could not. Days were full and at night I was too tired. I did manage to post daily on Facebook if you really want to keep up with me. Otherwise, I will be posting a report when I return. (I leave on 10/29 and return on 11/18, all on standby, but it looks good for us.)
I have traveled quite a bit, and am using this page to record some memories. Travel is a wonderful education, expanding your view of the world, of other cultures, of the beauty of diversity.