Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Slipping off the harness for a while

The cowardly belief that a person must stay in one place is too reminiscent of the unquestioning resignation of animals, beasts of burden stupefied by servitude and yet always willing to accept the slipping on of the harness. There are limits to every domain, and laws to govern every organized power. But the vagrant owns the whole vast earth that ends only at the non-existent horizon, and her empire is an intangible one, for her domination and enjoyment of it are things of the spirit.
That quote is from the young, gifted and finally trending Isabelle Eberhardt and I am about to slip off the harness myself to become a vagrant for a while. But I dislike leaving readers looking at a 'gone away' post, so tomorrow I will park the blog with something chewier. Take care while I am away.

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David said...

The opposite can also be true, that finally settling for longer in one place allows you to see what's close to hand in depth rather than what's further off in breadth. My wandering instincts have shrunk a bit as I hit my fifties, but then something - like miraculous Palermo - can trigger the wanderlust again.

Anyway, may we keep discovering new land as well as trying to plumb the deeps. I wish you well on your travels - Morocco, perhaps?

Pliable said...

Thanks David, no, not Morocco this time. We are off to another of our favourite destinations, Catalonia. But North Africa, in the form of Egypt, beckons in the summer.