The trip before the trip

I love to travel.  I love the smells, the signs, the unspoken social mores for being in a crowd, seeing the different people, seeing the same birds. (A pigeon is a pigeon is a pigeon!) For those that have followed my writing for a bit, this will come as no surprise, but my favorite part about visiting a new place is the imagination fodder than travel provides.

Case in point:

I took my first solo trip abroad in ’08: I was going to backpack in England and sort of follow the haunts of C.S. Lewis, my absolutely favorite author.  Before I went, I read the Chronicles of Narnia again and some other bios of Jack.  I watched Shadowlands. I also watched a bunch of period movies that take place in England.  In these movies, there is a bird that makes a very distinctive call and I always hear it. I imagined what England would look like, smell like.  I imagined the parks and the trees, and when I got there, I listened hard for those birds.

Since I’ve been back, the things I saw and did have fueled my imagination. Sitting outside of Lewis’ church as shelter from the rain.  Bicycling in Oxford, on the left side of the road! My first time punting and then having cream tea.  Today, I can imagine what it would be like to live at the Kilns and sitting in the yard with my morning coffee or walking down the lane.

The inspiration for my imagination is my favorite part of traveling.

Here are other people’s travel favs:

  1. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | flow of my soul
  2. Daily Prompt: Strange in a Strange Land « Mama Bear Musings
  3. Kashmir Art and Crafts | njoy every moment
  4. A Stranger in a strange land… | The Rider
  5. A Texan’s Safari in Ukraine. | luvsiesous
  6. Daily Prompt Wednesday July 17 2013 | it writes itself
  7. I like to take a seat and let it all sink in. | thoughtsofrkh
  8. It Can’t Fit the Frame: Romans 11:33 | The Photo Faith Challenge
  9. Stranger in a stranger land: living in America. | thewordpressghost
  10. Fish Guts (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  11. Stranger in a Strange Land | Geek Ergo Sum
  12. Stranger in a strange land | Nanuschka’s Blog
  13. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | Retired2Travel
  14. Daily Prompt: Stranger In A Strange Land | suzie81’s Blog
  15. Stranger in a Strange Land | Beats of Pieces
  16. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | A Stormy Girl
  17. I’d Like to be the Foreigner | Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | likereadingontrains
  18. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | Being a Huntress
  19. Local Cuisine | My [redacted] Journey
  20. Exploration and Life Stories | downtownnokomis
  21. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  22. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | That Chick Piggy
  23. Stranger in a Strange Land | bheehappy
  24. A New Beginning | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  25. Leveling Up [Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land] | unknowinglee
  26. THE SHOCK OF THE NEW | Standing Ovation, Seated
  27. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land? | Under the Monkey Tree
  28. Getting to know you | I’m alive and that’s a lot
  29. Being a stranger | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  30. Pequeño – Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | Babsje Heron
  31. A Day in the Life
  32. Seeking sanctuary. | My thoughts on a page.
  33. Specifically | Spunky Wayfarer
  34. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | The corner of my imagination
  35. Strangers on a Plane | A Day in the Life
  36. As a Newcomer | clarior e tenebris
  37. Stranger In A Strange Land | Tony’s Texts
  38. Departing, Arriving and in between | A beetle with earrings
  39. Stranger in a strange land: people watching | pencil pilot
  40. Traveling to Become Somebody Other Than Me | Iam Who Iam
  41. the PEEP SHOW: SOMETHING NEW | the TRASH BASH
  42. Strangers in a Strange Land | 20somethingsabroad
  43. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | In Love With The Lord Poetry and Prose
  44. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land – Magic Time! | SERENDIPITY
  45. Next year’s Summer vacation | Rob’s Surf Report
  46. Daily Prompt: Stranger in a Strange Land | bloobloons
  47. Stranger in a Strange Land: One Of My All Time, Favourite Novels | Khana’s Web
  48. Mira Morenas! – Stranger(s) in a Strange Land | M’me Solitaire
  49. Stranger in a Strange Land | The Nameless One
  50. Stranger in a Strange Land | aishaditta

5 thoughts on “The trip before the trip

    • That would be wonderful, Jenn. 🙂 I’ve thought about creating a story/novel out of it, but don’t yet feel like I’m ready. There was one story in particular I wrote years ago that pretty much wrote itself, and I haven’t had that since. Is that normal? Or is it not usually like that and you make your own magic?

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