I am changed by the experiences. Sometimes is big ways, sometimes in small way, travel opens massive doors to the world and to understanding myself.
When I travel, I get to the basics of what is important to me. Why do I have two closets overflowing with clothes when I can live happily out of one 28 inch roller bag for two weeks? What I pack, is what I find comfortable. If I don't feel comfortable wearing things - it is time to clean out my closet. I take a basic computer with me when I travel, small, light weight, inexpensive. I rely on it for my connection to the world. It is important. The first few days we were trying to eat on a "normal schedule" then we settled into eating when we were hungry. The shift in time zones, results in a shift in sleep patterns. I was surprised this time that I settled into a 9 or 10 hour sleep cycle, not the 8 to 9 I think of as normal. Maybe I need to accommodate more sleep at home.
The more I travel, and the fuller the condo gets, the less stuff I buy. You can go into any tourist town, and buy the same made in a distant factory stuff, all that changes is in the name and maybe the shape, tourist junk. I find that I try to buy a small ceramic bowl, from a local artist, something that contains the earth, the colors, and the talents of the place.
In traveling I find that other places have some of the same problems as home. And I find that other places don't have many of the same problems as home. Much of the world has much better passenger train service than my home. In some places they put up signs warning pedestrians to watch out for the dog-shit on the walkways, in other places the pride of place is so high - public places are so clean. This changes my thinking in many ways, we can do better, many-but-not-all do.
Travel changes us as people. It changes who we are, how we think. Our traveling changes the places we visit. It changes how we are understood. Travel opens big doors, for people, to change in little ways and big ways.
Oh I have started to ramble and get circular. Time to call it quits for this week.
The highlight of this week? We bought a parking space in the garage at the condo. Don't ask how much.