Tough to argue with the Simpsons.
This is where I’m from:
Largely true. Especially the part of people taking selfies at the demolition of old Kodak buildings. They really do that. (My entire family used to work at Kodak.) The shot of the Bills fans … may look familiar to regular readers of this blog.
Pretty derelict, right?
However, there is no place that I would rather be than there. I can be anywhere at any time — well, this is what I tell my editors. I travel. I’ve always traveled. I’ve never done anything other than travel.
But all I really want to do is go home — although there’s not any check boxes for this on my itinerary. Each football season I sneak back there a few times and make good on my season tickets in the Rock Pile, but that’s all I can manage.
I keep saying this over and over again on this blog: places are about people. I don’t care about pyramids and towers and paintings of ugly ladies. What’s so great about looking at something? To say that you looked at it? Yup, I looked at that, now I can tell everybody that I looked at that. I care about the experience of being somewhere, and this is all about the people there.
But maybe I say this just because I’m from Upstate New York. Good people is all we got.
About the Author: VBJ
I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 90 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. VBJ has written 3657 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.
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May 1, 2019, 12:31 pm
I haven’t been out long enough to miss home. I’m really working on finding the place that likes looking at things. I won’t be here that long and its embarrassing when people say “Did you see ….” And I say “No but I just watched an old lady break into the next yard by bending the metal fencing down to shin level so she could climb over to take berries off a tree.” Really, that just happened. During the call to prayer. Priceless moment. I was seeing if my phone would record good enough to use for something else. So I have something totally unusable but for a memory. later.
May 1, 2019, 5:55 pm
“Home” is a very individual place. I think it’s good to have an area that you identify as “home”.
I moved all over the place as a kid and then as an adult. I woke up a few years back (I was in the Arizona desert & it was winter) with the thought of going “home” & realized i didn’t have one to go to.
I’m 66 & still looking…
May 5, 2019, 3:54 pm
Dude, that’s your home and you’re sharing this? You seem proud of it.
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