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  • somsai

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    1st March, 2006
    Location United States
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    discussed on lense
    http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/17/essay-18/
    and watch the trailer here
    http://www.cameracamerafilm.com/
    I really liked the slow mo with flashes in Luang Prabang and the one swing of the rope in Vang Vien.

    #1 Posted: 17/6/2010 - 18:43

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  • eastwest

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    17th December, 2009
    Posts: 772

    Thanks. I didn't see the clip but thought it was a very interesting article. Especially the last line:

    “I’m looking forward to getting away from the beaten path,” he says, “but I find everywhere I go, every time I change my plan and think I’m heading somewhere that might not be full of Westerners, I’m so, so wrong. It seems like there’s not much left that’s undiscovered.”

    Reflects very well the state of travelling/backpacking and the mindset of the travellers.

    Are we really trying to "discover" places? Ok, no place can truly be discovered anymore but is it so hard to get away or find that special experience or do people not try hard enough?
    For me personally it is never about discovering a place. Perhaps in a broader sense and I certainly get more enjoyment out of the moments when I'm the only tourist around. At least when I don't find locals touting tours and/or souvenirs.

    Discovering for me is getting a better understanding of history/customs/daily life of a certain area and not so much the moment when you have that feeling of "being the first one there" in a picturesque place.

    It may be a bit harder nowadays but my experience is that it's still possible (and rewarding)

    #2 Posted: 27/8/2010 - 20:26

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