May 12, 2010
One year, 5 countries, 43 posts, 338 comments, and 12,187 hits from 90 countries and territories later…
…it’s still an enriching experience. The rewards I have gleaned from this blog are three-fold:
The blog has taught me to see beyond the touristy circumstances of my trips with a traveler’s eyes. As Gilbert Keith Chesterton succinctly put it, “The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” I hope I have become more of the former and less of the latter.
It has also hooked me up with a motley crew of readers and fellow bloggers from around the world. They have become my virtual travel buddies on this global cyber highway.
And finally, it has aroused my then-dormant love for writing. Part of the excitement of each trip is the anticipation of writing about it! This is when I metaphysically revisit each place to distill every personal experience, every morsel of memory, every piece of information into an entry for posterity.
And so to our first anniversary, my beloved blog:
May you have more posts about more places and countries, more hits and comments from more like-minded people.
The Transcendental Tourist