Travel In Difficult Times

by aengelson | February 16th, 2009

Our family is about to embark on a three-week adventure to Australia!

We’re very excited, but it’s also a bit sobering to be traveling down under in the wake of tragic wildfires.

We won’t  be traveling in Victoria state (where the fires hit) but we’re certainly aware that Australia is dealing with one of its most tragic disasters after more than 180 people were killed in devastating bush fires. Donate here.

It’s also feels a bit strange to be traveling during an economic downturn. I know several people who’ve been laid off from their jobs. It feels a bit extravagant to be jetting off across the Pacific.

But travel is so important to me and my family, and I think crucial to our understanding of the world (if only people everywhere had the means to see the world first-hand).

I’ll be posting periodically about our trip to Sydney, Tasmania and Uluru. Check back often!

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Andy Engelson is a writer and editor who lives in Hanoi, Vietnam. He's currently working on a historical novel set in the Northwest United States during World War II. He's also a freelance writer, essayist and member of the Hanoi Writer's Collective. In a former life, he edited Washington Trails magazine for six years and before that was freelance journalist. He likes to hike, travel, and play with his family.


Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world within words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. — John Berger, Ways of Seeing


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