Everyday is a journey and the journey itself is home

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Quote by Matsuo Basho: “Every day is a journey, and the journey itself ...”

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…The journey itself is home

For my final blog post, I thought it would be fun to share with you all the top 10 most important things I have learned about life while living in Madrid, Spain. No matter what language you speak, everyone understands a smile. I remember one time I was on the metro, and I gave up my seat for an elderly man. He started talking to me about what a rough day he had had, and although I could not understand everything he said, his smile told me he was thankful to be able to sit down. And when I had trouble talking or understanding my Spanish friends, I would smile and laugh and they would laugh with me. Then they would repeat what they said or use hand motions to get their message across, and some way or another we would continue talking. But everyone understands a smile!

It was his last travel diary, Oku no Hosomichi, or The Narrow Road to the Deep North, that turned out to be his best and most famous piece of literary work. Basho composed this poetic travel journal on the last long foot journey that he undertook to the northern provinces of Honshu, covering 1, miles in over five months. He started his journey in the beginning of May and was accompanied by his student Kawai Sora. Their goal was to visit Oku that lay north of Sendai by following a narrow path that passed through the Sirakawa barrier, over the mountains. Both of them headed north to Hiraizumi, which they reached in one and half months.

The World Awaits…Discover It.

Perfectly beautiful, especially paired with your tremendous photographs. This morning -- Hot as a brand but hanging laundry suddenly a breeze. To Ruth, Thanks for the nice comments. Cool for a change here Dry grass hears whisper of hope A cardinal darts. George, both the words and the photography are so very beautiful that I want them, printed out, on the wall of my study so that I can refer to them every day. Both words and photographs are utterly beautiful, I shall come back and spend more time absorbing them both.



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