Exploring places means sometimes looking at the less than idyllic parts of its story. As the world pauses to remember the deadly 2011 Christchurch earthquake’s anniversary, my thoughts turned to that resilient city.
You don’t need me to tell you the COVID-19 pandemic has been disheartening. As someone who loves to travel and explore, it’s made me think about the places I’ve visited, the people I’ve encountered over the years and the experiences I’ve enjoyed.
Once upon a time, the world was allowed to travel. We would go to places and see marvelous sights. These places seemingly only existed in the pages of some far-flung website until we experienced them first hand.
With each snap of the shutter, I convinced myself we just encountered the most beautiful vista. But we were proven continuously wrong. I would say disappointed, but nothing was disappointing about the drive.