यस्तु संचरते देशान् यस्तु सेवेत पण्डितान् ।
तस्य विस्तारिता बुद्धिः तैलबिंदुरिवांभसि ॥- सम्योचित पद्यमालिका
He who wanders various countries and serves wise men there
will expand his knowledge just like oil on water.
- Samayochita Padyamalika
The same idea reflected in the old adage that travel makes a man wiser?
Oh wait, it is "travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse?" That might explain my misery :)
When I re-enter the US after a trip abroad, I love it when the immigration officer finishes the processing and says "welcome home." I truly appreciate what G.K. Chesterton wrote:
The object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own countryYes, to set foot on one's own country--hopefully all the wiser.
The wisdom comes because I am often heading into the unknown. Unknown in many ways and full of paradoxes. As Paul Theroux wrote:
[The] world has been made more restless, more volatile, more impatient through the Internet, and it has robbed people of contemplative solitude and introduced a new solitude, a sort of loneliness induced by a buzz of information. But these very alterations in culture, far from diminishing curiosity, have made much of the world less predictable, more dramatic and accessible, full of paradoxes that have to be seen to be believed.Already looking forward to the trip in December. And then the one after that in June.
Wish me well, dear reader :)