This past week as I was sitting outside a disco in Cuba with some people I had just met; Jordan, his brother, Ashley and some other kids from elsewhere in Canada and this old braggart whom I baptized Doug since I couldn’t recall his name… and you know, at a certain point it just gets rude to say “what’s your name again?” – no matter how many cervezas you’ve had… The topic of shaving in different cultures came up in a larger conversation about travel and home all I could think of was this quote, I’d saved it a long time ago, I don’t remember where I first read it but it just stuck with me.

When I came home I had an email in my inbox from Intrepid travel on just that. Travel is more than the seeing of sights.. it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. – Mary Ritter Beard, an American women’s rights activist. I don’t travel because I like to sit on my butt and not work. In a sense I work just a hard when I am away as when I am at home, and every time I go and come back, I bring something home with me that’s intangible, forever changed.

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