I won’t be posting here until the middle of August. We are going to England and Ireland. Kristin Steiner, my ever talented wife, is teaching for 6 days at Oxford Summer School. I’m tagging along, we’ll stay with friends in the Cotswolds afterward and then go to Ireland for 4 days. Kristi taught there last year and was invited back. It is a beautiful place, England.
I am going to do what I haven’t done in a while and use technology – read e-mail, Internet, cell phones – at a minimum. In fact we won’t have a cell phone. It is what we hope and encourage people to do on our small group tours to Italy. It’s the only way to really experience a place, to do slow travel, slow food. If we are constantly calling home, checking e-mail, we aren’t really there. It is a problem generally for people today, and we hope travel in Italy with us provides a respite, a chance to connect with life, to live bigger.
In England and Ireland I also want to really pay attention to
the travel experience. I travel to Italy a lot, but mostly I am leading our educational travel tours. While I certainly get into Italy and Orvieto, I am still working. In England and Ireland I want to pay attention to being a visitor so I can bring that to our travel in Italy. I want to look at things through the eyes of a traveler. I don’t know that it will change how we do our trips, but it might.
Drawing will be one of the things I do. I love to draw, have some talent, no training, and do it rarely. What I know about it is two things. One, you really, really remember a place you’ve drawn. When you see the drawing again you are instantly transported back to it, the time, the smells, sounds, how you felt. You don’t get that from a photograph, particularly with digital when you snap endlessly (technology again!) Two, when you draw you are absolutely present in the moment. You are paying attention in a way you typically do not. I took a lot of pictures last year. I am as addicted to technology as anyone. I’ll take more, but I do hope to balance it with drawing.
So I am looking forward to our trip. Travel, of course, opens us up anyway. It is one reason to do it. So ciao for now.