Dublin : Home Sweet Home

Trip Start Dec 24, 2008
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Trip End Jan 04, 2009


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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Sunday, January 4, 2009

To discover the unknown is not a prerogative of Sinbad, of Eric the Red, or of Copernicus. Each and every man is a discoverer. He begins by discovering bitterness, saltiness, concavity, smoothness, harshness, the seven colours of the rainbow and the twenty-some letters of the alphabet; he goes on to visages, maps, animals and stars. He ends with doubt, or with faith, and the almost total certainty of his own ignorance.

From the prologue of Atlas by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by Anthony Kerrigan
Also used in The Blind Traveller By Jason Roberts.

Holman (The Blind Traveler) on the "traveler's rest".  "It is not altogether a life of idleness and dreams....It is part of the constitution of a traveler to look back with unsettled feelings, and to yearn for the time to come, which he believes to contain the great purpose of his life". 
"He cannot be quite at ease.  A thousand memories crowd upon him; He again treads the shore of a remote land, and feels the breath of an unaccustomed climate; He hears the sounds of an unknown language for the first time, and struggles through a crowd of novelties with the energy of one who is resolved to succeed; He indulges in the sanguine but natural prophecy that there remains for him a wider field, and a more & glorious work".'

The Blind Traveller By Jason Roberts - Lt James Holman R.n.,K.W.,F.R.S,1786-1857 The Blind Traveler
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