Age Range: 30-39 | Joined: November 2004
New York, New York
"But I have too deeply enjoyed the voyage, not to recommend anynaturalist, although he must not expect to be so fortunate in hiscompanions as I have been, to take all chances, and to start, ontravels by land if possible, if otherwise, on a long voyage. He mayfeel assured, he will meet with no difficulties or dangers, exceptingin rare cases, nearly so bad as he beforehand anticipates. In a moralpoint of view, the effect ought to be, to teach him good-humouredpatience, freedom from selfishness, the habit of acting for himself,and of making the best of every occurrence. In short, he ought topartake of the characteristic qualities of most sailors. Travellingought also to teach him distrust; but at the same time he willdiscover, how many truly kind-hearted people there are, with whom henever before had, or ever again will have any further communication,who yet are ready to offer him the most disinterested assistance. "-last lines of Charles Darwin's "Voyage of the Beagle"(Can't recommend the rest of the book though, it's unbelievably racist.)
About Me: I am fascinated by history and anything that relates to it and find that as with so many other things, traveling allows me to gain a better appreciation for a place's past. I've traveled fairly extensively in Europe (every EU country except Cyprus, Romania, and Bulgaria, plus Switzerland, Norway, Croatia, and Turkey) and South America (Ecuador. Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay). I’m delighted to answer any questions you may have about places I’ve written about in my journals, places I’ve listed as familiar destinations (whether I’ve written about them yet or not) or really just about anything!