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Travel Quotes

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 18 March 2008 | Views [1259]

Here I am at last. I finished work on Friday, sold the car and am all set for what I have been calling for some time The Big Trip. I have to relay some marvelleous travel quotes that a colleague put on my leaving card from work (Thanks Peg!)

"If you look like your passport photo, you’re too ill to travel" – Will Kommen
"Being in a ship is being in jail, with the chance of being drowned
" – Samuel Johnson
"Long voyages, great lies"
– Italian Proverb
"A good traveller has no fixed pans and is not intent on arriving" – Lao Tzu
"Two of the greatest gifts we can give or children are roots and wings"
– Hodding Carter
"He who would travel happily must travel light"
– Antoine de St Exupery

And my favourite

"When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money" – Susan Heller

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I’d definitely prefer to be lighter than what is currently packed, but I think I am close enough – don’t deck boots take up so much room in a bag!

People have been asking me my reasons for going to this part of the world – well here they are......

Reasons for Going Part 3 (with due deference to Ian Dury and The Blockheads)

The stories of Robert Louis Stevenson
The adventures of Captain Cook
The diaries of James Banks
The paintings of Paul Gaugin
The music of Rogers & Hammerstein
Childhood dreams of Treasure Island, Mutiny on the Bounty, the Blue Lagoon
Tatoos
The songs of Jacques Brel
Katherine Hepburn’s last film (Love Affair)
The Onedin Line
To sail a tall ship, to learn to avigate

I always wanted The Big Adventure
I love being outdoors. I love the wind in my hair, so as The Boss says "Roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair">
And as The Monkees used to sing "I want to be free…"

Reasons for Leaving

Loosing Ni messed me up. This is still part of me refinding myself, my dreams and a new life full of hope and love. (Funny how these find you again in the most unlikely of places and times, and how the music does come back. )

Live your dreams, don’t sit around waiting on them to happen. Life’s too short.

There’s so much of the world to see. To follow Star Trek and Captain Cook and “Boldly go…”at least where I’ve never been before both geographically and emotionally

I’ve been deep into the desert where there is little/no water. Now it is time for being amidst the ocean where there is little/no land. To quote the Tuareg "Aman Iman : Water is Life".

And to specifically quote Ahmed, "You have to go in order to come back again." Funny in retrospective that I had adopted Tolkein’s "There and Back Again" as the title of my blog! I’ve been back somewhere this year and that's a first, am going back to NZ after a 10 year gap, I wonder where will I be back to next?

Next stop Auckland. With embarcation on 24th and Easter Island beckoning on or about 27th April after approximately 34 days ocean sailing through the Roaring Forties! More then. here's the ship...Soren Larsen

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