Why Travel is Essential in Understanding the Human Experience

Why Travel is Essential in Understanding the Human Experience

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This year was a whirlwind of travel,  and the common theme seemed to be

connection. I'll chronicle my travels throughout the US and abroad, not in a

chronological order, but as my heart is moved to write about each experience. 

Why is it always in our attempts to get lost, we always find ourselves?  I recently

went on an impromptu girl's trip to Havana, Cuba. It was such an eye opening,

amazing experience. I'll be sharing my thoughts on this over the next few weeks.  

Quotes about travel

Travel is essential in understanding the human experience. We all long to be seen, loved,

heard, and understood. We all long for that human connection. No matter what our

skin color, language, or nationality, we all want that common thing.  


 

We are all strangers, until we become friends

 


   Little Cuban girl, September 2018 copyright Donna Shoots

Little Cuban girl, September 2018 copyright Donna Shoots

Pretty brown baby girl with the spider braids, you remind me so much of me as a

child: Bright eyed, eager, and and curious.

I wondered how long you had been sitting there at the window watching the world

go by? What was your life like? You look about the same age as my Olivia and I

wondered if she where with me,  if you would be friends.

 

   Little Cuban girl, September 2018 copyright Donna Shoots

Little Cuban girl, September 2018 copyright Donna Shoots

We exchanged a smile before I held my camera up and out of the window. Your smile

captivated me,  and I captured your wonder in three short frames. Stopped at a red

light in your beautiful city of Havana, I couldn’t take my eyes off of you.  Your mother

propped you up higher so I could see you better. Maybe she knew that I too, was a

mother, and missing my sweet brown babies at home.

 

My heart broke when the light changed from red to green. I knew our time was over.

   Little Cuban girl, September 2018 copyright Donna Shoots

Little Cuban girl, September 2018 copyright Donna Shoots

I will most likely never see you again baby girl.  Thank you for letting me capture the

beauty of your country and the warmth of your city and people in three short frames.

I hope you are comfortable at night. I hope you have enough to eat. I hope for you to

grow up to be anything you desire  to be. I hope you always love your beautiful

brown skin, and your spider braids.

I don’t know your name or who you are, but you are forever immortalized in these

images and my heart.

 

Most of all I hope you never lose that infections smile. Know you are loved beautiful

brown baby girl, by your mama, and the crazy American lady with the ridiculous

sunglasses frantically waving at you.


 

 

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