Wanderful Words No. 17: Bringing Travel Home

by Ekua on March 14, 2010 in wanderful words

I recently had the challenge of finding a decent, affordable new place to live in San Francisco. After weeks of searching, I found a spot and have been settling in. Admittedly, it is a strange space, but what matters to me most is that it feels like home. After assembling Ikea furniture until my hands and fingers were sore and decorating with items picked up on my travels, it’s beginning to become one. One of my favorite Gandhi quotes came to mind for this week’s Wanderful Words:

โ€œI do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.โ€

– Mahatma Gandhi

This relates to many aspects of what home means to me. Like I said, I fill my living space home with tidbits of my travels– artwork and knick knacks that remind me of both the ups and downs of the road and the lessons I’ve learned on it. Beyond my blood family, I like to surround myself with others from a variety of cultures and upbringings. In my previous post, I wrote about the ability to feel at home amongst different types of people and in less familiar places. And the post before that was about experiencing other cultures in my home base city.

But while I want to open my mind, my house, and my life to the ideas and influences of other cultures, I want the core of who I am to remain intact. And who I am is by nature the product of many cultures.

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Julie March 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm

What a lovely quote!

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Ekua March 15, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Yeah, it’s a good one. Makes me feel like setting aside 3 hours to watch the film Gandhi again ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Fly Girl March 15, 2010 at 11:54 am

Interesting outlook. I enjoy a range of cultures being reflected in my home as well, not just from my travels but through music, art and food.

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Ekua March 15, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Yup, ditto on the music and food in addition to art!

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Mary R March 15, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I hope you’ll post some photos of your living space so we can admire your relics from around the world! I love to buy small souvenirs in different countries for that same intention.

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Ekua March 15, 2010 at 11:03 pm

That’s exactly what I plan to do! Before I posted this yesterday, I was actually taking pictures of some of my decorations purchased abroad ๐Ÿ™‚

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Karen March 19, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Euka, I LOVED Brazil. So much so that I’m thinking of moving to Rio! Thanks so much for being a faithful reader of my blog… keep up the great work on yours as well!

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Ekua March 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Brazil is awesome! Looking forward to checking out your posts!

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Lola March 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Solid quote! Congrats on your new home as well.

I’m from the school of thought that sees travel as a two-way inspirational street. That travel doesn’t necessarily change the core of who you are, but actually validates it while helping you grow, absorb, learn, as well as teach and share with others.

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Ekua March 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Definitely! And I think there is something to be said for having a strong core before you travel because challenging travel can quickly break you apart if you don’t!

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Nancy March 29, 2010 at 6:39 am

What a beautiful quote. Congrats on your new digs!

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