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In The Land of the Midnight Sun

I’ve never been to the Scandinavian countries like Norway, Sweden and Denmark, but I’ve always dreamed of going there one day.

It keeps me thinking about the sad fact that I probably will never visit very many countries outside of the United States. But, I’ve been places. And even if I did win the 100 million dollar Powerball, I don’t know if I physically will be able to visit all the places I want to, although winning the Powerball would definitely make that closer to reality.

We as humans are capable of great achievements, and collectively speaking, in teams we can win championships and help to rule and govern a country.

But as far as travel, I think it’s important to do so, as the experience of travel is quite the ultimate learning experience. And although it’s nice to visit all these exotic places on the World Wide Web and read about them in books, there is no better way than to visit these exotic places yourself.

I was once reading that actress Jodie Foster, being a former child actress, mentioned how she got to travel to many places as a kid, and she said this was a much better learning experience for her than studying in a classroom. Of course she was a successful child star and had the means and opportunities for travel at a young age.

But however wonderful being able to travel is, I think it’s more important to have imagination and the stuff of dreams. After all, whatever travel experiences we have had are stored in our memory, and at the end of the day, all we have is our memory of events that have taken place. So the travel experiences come and go, and we depend on our memories to remember those wonderful experiences.

Imagination is an important part of our thinking, and I keep pondering over that Einstein quote that ‘imagination is more important than knowledge’.

Getting back to how we won’t be able to create a bucket list big enough to visit all the places in the world, even if we won the Lottery, it’s important to have imagination.

It’s important to have memory as well, and be able to recall all our past experiences and travels.

And in the end, if we don’t have our memories, we don’t have much of anything… which leads us to the here and now, but that’s another topic for another day .:.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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