By Steve Fisher
When I wrote the tagline for this blog (“Thoughts on travel through this world”) I had a double meaning in mind. The most obvious of course is travel in the regular sense – in some of the posts I imagined sharing thoughts and photography on various places I travel.
However, I also like the Buddhist idea of this life as a world we travel through. I never imagined that this would be just a travel blog. I love this idea of life as a journey and from the beginning I imagined sharing thoughts on life, as a journey through this world. I planned to write about both travel and life, and also about the connections between them.
For me at least there are some neat parallels between life and travel in this world. First, with both I think it’s essential to enjoy the road, and not delay gratification until the destination.
And with life as with travel, it’s extremely helpful to do some planning and have an objective in mind. Where are we going? What are the steps to get there? On the other hand, we don’t want to be overly rigid. In both travel and life, it’s really helpful to take stock from time to time and make adjustments as necessary.
In both life and while traveling I sometimes ask myself, “Fisher, where are we? How do things look? Everything good? Or do we need to make some changes?” In travel and life more generally I find this sort of self-reflection extremely helpful.
And both travel and life, if done with some purpose and direction, involve continuous growth and new experiences.
Everyday is a journey.
I lived in and near Bangkok for about a year just before I moved to Saigon last autumn, and one of my favorite places there is Chinatown. When I’m in the city, I love to spend a half day on Sat or Sun in this area. Sometimes I’ll go with a friend or the street food Meetup I started in Bangkok. Other times I’ll go on my own with nothing more than my camera, a big bottle of water and a general plan – for example, find some great street food, take good photos and chat with locals.
Here in the second post on Bangkok’s Chinatown I share my best food photos from this great part of the city.