Thanksgiving Day is being celebrated throughout the United States today with traditional acts of gluttony and, hopefully, with some time spent on gratitude (the day’s original purpose).
We are bypassing the culinary gluttony this year for. . . What else? Travel gluttony. So, as I was stuffing our bags instead of a turkey, I was thinking about how grateful I am for the freedom and ability to travel as well as the joy it brings.
I recalled a passage from Paul Theroux’s book, “Pillars of Hercules”. Thanksgiving seemed the perfect day to share it with you:
“Did the traveler, doing no observable work,
(Early morning Milano, Italy’s train station)
freely moving among settled, serious people, get a pang of conscience?
I told myself that writing – this effort of observation – absolved me from any guilt;
but of course that was just a feeble excuse.
This was pleasure.
No guilt, just gratitude.”
Happy Thanksgiving ~ we are grateful to all of you for stopping by on this Travel Photo Thursday. Remember to stop by Budget Travelers Sandbox for more armchair travel.
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