Postcard from Washington, D.C. : DREAM, TRAVEL, REFLECT
"Traveling ~ it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller."         ~Ibn Battuta

Postcard from Washington, D.C.

by Patricia Thayer on 08/22/20

"Everyone must remain in their seats.  If anyone gets up, we will divert the aircraft to another airport."  The voice of the American Airlines pilot comes over the loudspeaker as we approach Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.  A profound silence settles over all the passengers as everyone remembers . . .  For a brief moment, I see what they saw and imagine what they must have felt. We fly over the Potomac and in the distance, is the Capitol, standing tall and bright as the dome reflects the afternoon sun.  Why do I travel?  To better understand events, past and present, and what effect we are are having on the future of the world.  (July 2002)

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"Why do you travel?" asked a friend as I was preparing for a summer trip to Guatemala.  At the 
time, I replied, "To see the world," or some such trite response.  It is a difficult question because 
I don't have just one answer.  But the question deserves a better response so I decided to write down my reasons in the form of "postcards".  These postcards are an ongoing attempt to answer the question posed by my friend those many years ago. I hope they will encourage you to enrich 
your life through more travel experiences and find your own answers to this question.  
Dream ~ Travel ~ Reflect