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The joys of returning to travel

Preparing to return home after more than three weeks of professional and personal international travel, I am reminded first of our privilege to be able to move about the world so freely and second of how much we’ve missed these connections with new places, new friends, and new ideas during the pandemic.

There will be several more posts in the coming days and weeks before I exhaust what I have to say about the things we’ve seen and learned in our visits in Scotland, Norway, and France, but I’ll just end this post with a quote from Pico Iyer that I like to use in my talks.

We don’t travel …in order to move around – you’re traveling in order to be moved.  And really what you’re seeing is not just the Grand Canyon or the Great Wall but some moods or intimations or places inside yourself that you never ordinarily see…

More to come…


Image of Arc de Triomphe by DJB

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I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


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  2. Geoff Read says

    David. Inspiring as always. Thanks
    The one great bookshop you might like sometime is the Daunt Bookshop in Hampstead London. Always innovative and helpful guides!!! Geoff Read

    • DJB says

      Thanks, Geoff. That’s a great suggestion, and I’ll look it up on my next visit to London. Hope you are well. DJB

  3. DJB says

    My friend Ed Quattlebaum sent me the following email message:

    (Y)our recent travels—especially your departure from Paris—reminds me of an elderly couple who were musing about being in their eighties. “When one of us dies,” said the husband, “I’m going to Paris.”


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