During this time, my mother sent me a card in the mail with a Marcel Proust quote:
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
But today I read a quote from the son of a man who's just on his way home after walking around the globe (yes, on foot!) Asked what he thought of his father's eccentric, 11-year journey, he replied, "Often, without travelling, the media can impose a point of view".
This made me realise once again just how important travel, if possible, can be.
Many people have marveled at my desire to take my two 9-year-olds to Argentina for a school year, and their dad's alleged support of this apparently hair-brained scheme. But I can already see the impact of media and peer group on Alex and Simon's points of view, despite their fairly "liberal" family, and I desperately want to broaden their horizons while they are still young enough for it to make a powerful impact.
I am also not so arrogant as to think that I have nothing to learn from this next adventure: It will be the longest time I am away from "home", and in particular, living in a language that is not English or German.
Inevitably, there will be challenges to face, both philosophical and practical, along the way. But I am convinced that one of the best ways to see the old landscape with new eyes is to experience new landscapes that shape one's perspective.
New Landscape -- Here we Come!