Thursday, January 14, 2010

Traveling by car, a whole new view

Flying can be easier and faster, but traveling by car adds a lot of adventures and new landscapes to your trip…

We're used to think about flying as the first option when we're going on a trip because it's just much faster and will make us get to where we actually want to be in an easier and "more practical" way.

But more and more people discover every day the magic and the pleasure of traveling by car, when that's possible, obviously. And the reason is that you don't have to think about the transportation as something apart from your trip; you can actually include it on the trip and let it become a nice part of it in which you can also have fun and see new things.

When you fly you just miraculously transport yourself from where you were to that new place you want to visit, and we can't say flying isn't wonderful and magical too, but when you travel by car you don't skip all the way that connects the original place to the new one, and you don't miss out all the details that can complement your trip in ways you wouldn't even imagine.

Traveling by car invites you to see new landscapes, new places where other people live and where other cultures have their daily routines; it lets you see how other human being live and it welcomes you to breath a new air…You'll get closer to your destination with different images and ideas about how everything changed little by little from where you started until the place that's waiting for you.

And even better is to stop from time to time and eat in some of those places, talk to people from small towns that you didn't even know existed…That enriches your culture, your view of where you are and the whole trip.

Traveling by car is definitely a different experience that can make you start a trip in a whole new way and enjoy it a lot more…You will be able to take pictures from the very first placed you stepped in and then finalize your collection with the last image you had in front of you.

Go ahead and try it on your next trip. You'll have so much more to tell and to remember and you won't have to deal with airports!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Languages are a link in time

Only through languages man has been able to link his present life to the past and to let future generations build their own links to a time that will then be their past.

I've already written about how important and how great languages are, and about how they have a crucial role in man's history and in the construction of different kinds of stories that are essential for thousands of cultures from all around the world.

This time I want to share with you a beautiful poem by Carl Sanburg, an American writer, editor and poet that has win three Pulitzer prizes. The poem is called "Languages" and says a lot about what they represent for man in time, and about how man molds them to make them become a symbol of what he really is.

It also talks about how time changes everything, both man and languages, and about how, like rivers, languages can transform and also die…

I'll just share it with you and leave these beautiful words to your own interpretation. I hope you like it!


By Carl Sandburg

THERE are no handles upon a language

Whereby men take hold of it

And mark it with signs for its remembrance.

It is a river, this language,

Once in a thousand years

Breaking a new course

Changing its way to the ocean.

It is mountain effluvia

Moving to valleys

And from nation to nation

Crossing borders and mixing.

Languages die like rivers.

Words wrapped round your tongue today

And broken to shape of thought

Between your teeth and lips speaking

Now and today

Shall be faded hieroglyphics

Ten thousand years from now.

Sing--and singing--remember

Your song dies and changes

And is not here to-morrow

Any more than the wind

Blowing ten thousand years ago.

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Friday, January 1, 2010


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Those who have a white winter, enjoy it!

Snow is beautiful if you know how to enjoy it and if you allow yourself to discover the magic within it.

It's January and a lot of people are seeing a white landscape and complaining about the horrible cold weather that doesn't invite them to go outside or even to feel happy and enjoy the beginning of the year.

Some people even get depressed when the weather is cold and when everything's frozen and lacking color…But this is actually a very beautiful time of the year and the landscapes can be breathtaking in a very magical way.

Colors are not the only ones that can mean happiness and joy, and a warm weather is not a condition to feel motivated and go outside. If you look through the window and you see a white layer covering everything you're used to see in colors, you could observe it from another point of view and create and original vision of such a magical miracle that turns your surroundings into a white cotton cloud.

There are millions of people who have seen snow over and over every year since they were born…But, have you thought for a moment that there are other millions of people who have never seen snow in their lives and who have always dreamed about touching it because of what movies have showed them?

Don't hate snow or cold; just think about them as another time of the year with different possibilities and with a magical touch. Not everyone can go skiing or ice skating and not everyone can go outside their doors and take a picture of a white city that magically becomes colored after some months…

Also, there're the wonderful and amazing days when the sky is blue and has no clouds, and when the sun looks big and shinny making the snow brighter and even more surreal. These days are great for going out, even if they're really cold. The thing is to have a good coat and then open yourself to enjoy the white time.

Winter and snow are not synonyms of depression, sadness or seclusion. They can mean a beautiful time with lots of things to do and with marvelous images to catch. So, if you have a white winter, learn to love it and enjoy it as if it was a different kind of summer!



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