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1. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Have you experienced any form of enlightenment when you travel ?

I returned a cheap watch yesterday to a street vendor to find out that he'd sold it to me with a flat battery. Good thing I didn't take the "Rolex" he originally offered

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Not "enlightenment" in the sense of a eureka moment, but absolute, peacefull happiness - yes. That was Paris for me, travelling alone and seeing all the things I'd only ever read about. Maybe an "enlightenment trip" is the better term for me!

3. Posted by dineyanti (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

I think on every trip I reach some sort of enlightment. With travelling you're always seeing something new, learn something new, discover some different aspects of yourself/the world/etc. Each trip is a lerning experience.

4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Or remembering something from the past?

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

A few years ago when I visited Rome for the first time I came across an old man painting on a little side street near the Pantheon. He seemed to be the real deal - had his brushes out, was covered in paint, etc...so I thought I'd buy one of his paintings for my bedroom back at home. I asked him how much and it seemed a bit high so I engaged my best haggling skills. Eventually he gave in and sold it to me for a few thousand lira less. I went off up the street thinking I was great only to discover a few minutes later another old fella selling the exact same "paintings".....I was had! so i'm much wiser now...

6. Posted by eve3981 (Full Member 34 posts) 11y

Getting down off temple 4 at Tikal. I suffer from vertigo and making a 'leap (or step) off faith' off the temple onto the ladder proved to me that we can overcome our fears if we have to!
The other experience (quite different) was being alone at Yaxchillan on the Mexican / Guatemala border. I felt totally fulifllled and at peace.

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

I wasn't meant to live where it snows!

8. Posted by kkwijibo (Full Member 56 posts) 11y

Enlightenment is a self-fulfilling prophecy, I know that never find it but I'll have fun searching for it, whether it is battling my demons or taking a step closer to it via travelling or other means...

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9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Profound!
But, then it should be expected when you are 103!
(Sorry, but at that age haven't you battled most of your demon? How many are left?)
I digress...

10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Very cute, Isadora. Motivational speakers usually refer to goals as being self-fulfilling prophecies.
Most people that I meet (that are of advanced years) tend to have memory lapses rather than flashes of brilliance.