I miss touring. I miss the humid mangrove tang that hits you if you stroll out of the airport in southwestern Florida and the angle of the solar if you’re driving round Los Angeles and the bizarre squawking birds within the bushes of Sydney. I miss the whoosh of air that comes out of the Central Line tunnel at Marble Arch station in London, Berlin graffiti, the birds you’ll be able to see strolling the Beluga Slough path close to Homer, Alaska.
Most of all, I miss the meals. I miss discovering eating places, visiting unfamiliar supermarkets, miss cooking in dodgy little weekly rental kitchens, miss road meals maybe most of all. I’d carry out darkish magic to safe a hamburguesa from a cart in Chapultepec Park in Mexico Metropolis or a curry laksa from a Singapore hawker stand. I’d like to conjure a bake and shark from Richard’s in Maracas Bay, Trinidad, and a fats thumb of Louisiana gas-station boudin to comply with it.
However I can’t. Journey’s nonetheless out for many of us, and darkish magic’s not allowed. There’s a metronomic sameness to our days — even our weekend days, with so many both working from dwelling or out of labor totally — and if you happen to’re not cautious that may prolong to your meals and to your consuming. It results in boredom, heavy ideas, possibly to days spent on the sofa not doing a lot of something in any respect. We will’t have that.
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