Sonya and I just returned from a two-week trip to Spain for the baptism of our new nephew, Galileo Eduardo. I took a
lot of pictures and thought about what traveling means.
I think that one of the best things traveling to foreign places
can do is to allow you to return to your home as a visitor. That is, traveling can give great perspective for self
reflection. Hopefully, after returning from a trip you notice things about where you live that you didn't before.
Traveling alone is also a great time for self-reflection. The insulated environment of being alone in a large city with millions of people around you that you don't know and probably can't communicate with well anyway turns everything inward. Great capture of this feeling is in the recent, "Lost in Translation".
So this isn't so much a thought, more a plug for the fabulous and production-intensive Bender movie, just released. See the adventurous Joe Bender in his first not-quite-feature-length movie shot entirely on location. Feel the excitement!