New Again

New Again

Posted on July 15 by Glenn Dixon
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I have travelled now through 70 countries, give or take.  I have my favorites - Tibet, the Greek Islands, Thailand - but really I’d go back to any of them.  For me, there’s a wonder in it.  The kind of wonder I’ve all but lost in my ‘real’ life.  It’s the same magic I had as an eight year old boy running through a sprinkler on the hissing summer lawn.  The same magic as snowflakes drifting down on a postcard Christmas eve.

Time slows down when you’re travelling.  I think it’s because everything is new again.  Travelling forces you to be in the moment because there’s nowhere else to be. 

When I wrote about music around the world in Tripping the World Fantastic (www.tripping-the-world.com), a whole new level of enchantment crescendo-ed before me.  At dawn, on the top of Mount Sanai, a chorus of pilgrims began to sing, their voices floating in three part harmony down over the long red desert.  On a beach in Africa, I heard drumming like the thumping heartbeat of a racing lion. And over the cliffs of Moher on the wild western coast of Ireland, I heard a woman named Lewena playing a Celtic harp whose notes shimmered like stars.

In just two weeks time, I will be climbing aboard another improbably heavy airliner – this time heading back to Italy, my eighth time there.  I’ll be hiking through the ancient vineyards of Valpolicella and visiting Juliet’s balcony in Verona.  Maybe I’ll go again to see the Bridge of Sighs in Venice.  I’ll eat pasta; loads and loads of pasta.  And I absolutely can’t wait.

Glenn Dixon

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Glenn Dixon

Glenn Dixon has published travel articles in major publications such as National Geographic, the New York Post, The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, and Psychology Today. An expert on language with an M.A. in socio-linguistics, he is currently a language consultant with the Calgary Board of Education. He lives in Calgary.