Saturday, December 11, 2010

Home away from home

I know I've written about this before, but I am still always taken by it. You get on a plane, fly 7 hours, and then fly 14 hours more. You are disoriented. Sleep not enough or too much. You wake up dehydrated and with a headache. Feeling a little displaced. And you crack open your computer... and you feel at home right away. Is it beautiful, this modern virtual existence of ours, where our friends are online and where the the desktop is the home?

Yes, and a little sad as well. Because as much as these images and words bridge time and space, and as much as I believe that oldest virtual world and connection of all (ideas and images which we hold in our mind) do the same, there is no substitute for local living.



Not sure why I love the grime and decay of New York, but I do.

Hang on Emmy!


Jude said...

You captured perfectly what it means to travel and live in this day and age, balancing the virtual, the real and the surreal! And hello Emmy, I'd love to hear more :) (Thanks also for your kind comments on our new place - I feel so much more encouraged about it despite the chaos!) Hope you enjoyed a terrific weekend, despite the travel!

Claire * Lola Is Beauty said...

I love this and it's so true - the life inside your computer is so comforting. It makes travel so different - remember when the only familiar things were English language films dubbed in to the language of wherever you were, which only added to the sense of dislocation, and perhaps the odd cheese sandwich or gin and tonic - actually that was fun too. (In Oman I paid £14 just to have a G&T in the only hotel there)

Bombay Beauty said...

Jude - hope you're settling in over the holidays (tho' not a bad time to be in Hawaii!)

Cliare - it's true, it was made these little things so much more comforting - probably explains why my parents would insist on taking us to an indian restaurant no matter which city we were in!



If Jane said...

ok..please explain the emmy!!

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