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A PEEK AT JOSE MARIA CALLEJA'S JOURNAL

WELCOME TO URBANICITY
SENSING URBANITY
LISTENING FOR WORDS
VIEWING IMAGES OF MYSTERY
LOVING MUSIC
READING FOR LIVING
CELEBRATING THE MIND
TRAVELING TO EXPLORE
SEARCHING THE FUTURE
MAKING A DIFFERENCE

"Travel is my pleasure, and we travelers are privileged beings."

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I love traveling. I enjoy everything about it, from thinking of a destination for the first time to talking about it when I get back. I love journeys while I am on them, and savor them afterwards with good conversation at home. I even like packing.

Unlike other humans, who think they are being interesting when they say that traveling is a nuisance-- even though they know deep down that it is a privilege-- I relish plane trips.

My pleasure has to do with many certainties. One is the knowledge that I am being carried along, allowing time to pause for me without my having to decide anything other than my own entertainment. Another is the certainty that I have time ahead of me to enjoy as freely and selfishly as I please: time to read, to write, to talk, to eat, to look, to take a nap, and to be served.

While others curse the hours lying ahead of them until they reach their destination, I enjoy every minute. I think about what I shall do if the flight is a long one, and it comes as a wonderful surprise if I actually experience one of the feelings I have foreseen.

For me, the journey represents a moment when I am conscious of life, liberty, and dominion over time, quite unlike everyday routine. I carry time along with my luggage and my childish longing to enjoy everything to the fullest.

Traveling with people I love, traveling on my own, traveling and meeting people I will come to love. The way ahead is always new yet always familiar, always already seen yet still to be seen, always desired and always memorable.

José María Calleja is a prize-winning journalist and political analyst in Madrid, and professor of media communications at the Universidad Carlos III.

Translated from the Spanish by LORBIT

return to "Traveling for Enchantment"

Remain curious.