The essence of the tourist adventure is exhibited in the contours of the excitements that it provides. And these contours are best inferred from the stories that are told and re-told with animation to relatives, friends and colleagues at home. It is virtually never what has been seen that is recounted with enthusiasm. When the sites are described it is in the form of ritualized cliches: the Eiffel Tower really is a wonder—we went up it, and you get such a nice view. It is rather the personal moments of the tour, moments of near-crisis, that in retrospect were exciting: when one of the suitcases failed to arrive off the luggage chute at Frankfort Airport. Touring itself has been turned into a routine, restricting adventure to those moments when routine breaks down.
Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Political Science - Eastern Connecticut State University (United States)
Master’s degree in Creative Writing - Johns Hopkins University (United States)
Master’s degree in African Studies - Yale University (United States)
In the video above, Chimamanda Adichie talks about the power of media, literature, travel and education to give us a broader understanding of the world and its people.
(It’s almost 20 minutes long, but it’s worth it! I also recommend her collection of short stories, The Thing Around Your Neck.)