The real voyage of discovery…

The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

—Marcel Proust

I have been a traveller for a very long time. My parents had emigrated from the Philippines to Australia when I was only a few months old.  When I was 7 years old, we moved to Saudi Arabia and lived there for 6 years. During this time we travelled overseas every year, and if not visiting Manila or Sydney, we would travel elsewhere. We moved back to Sydney when I was 15 and I have called it home ever since. Through these experiences, I have developed a boundless love of travel and discovery, a wanderlust perhaps.

Living within different cultures and exploring new environments has definitely opened my eyes.  Travel can increase awareness, and creates an understanding, if not, respect. I have developed a respect for people of varying backgrounds and beliefs, and an eagerness to learn what I can. I enjoy exploring new places, observing the architecture, and the natural surroundings. Learning a little bit about a country’s history and language when travelling is also part of the travelling experience that I also try to appreciate.

I believe that travel also brings about a discovery of self. It makes us think about how we live, our beliefs and makes us grateful for what we have. Travel opens our minds to the fact that the world is a very large place, and we are just a very small part of it.


Writing 101: Day 7

Hook ’em with a quote

A blank page can be intimidating. Sometimes it’s helpful to use someone else’s words to give you a boost. Today, use a quote or passage from something you’ve read to introduce your post. You’ll see a similar technique at the beginning of a book or chapter in the form of an epigraph.

Here’s the epigraph for Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird:

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.

— Charles Lamb

You can write about anything for today’s post — the only requirement is that you begin with a blockquote, which you can create in your post editor by clicking the quotation mark icon:

The type of quote you choose is up to you. Maybe the passage is something you’d like to comment on, or is one of your favorite quotes. Or maybe you read a great essay the other day, and one of its lines made you think.

Pull a quote of any length, but ideally between one sentence to a short paragraph. If you can’t find one, go to the quotes section on Goodreads.com, where you’re bound to find a line that speaks to you.

Cheri and the WordPress.com Team

8 thoughts on “The real voyage of discovery…”

    1. Well plagiarism is defined as passing off someone else’s work as your own. So if I hadn’t had mentioned the author’s name and put the words in the body of the text, then it would be. I get your point though. Asking each author for permission for a quote would be difficult to do (Proust was around in the late 1800s).

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