Italy - Fantastic scenery, lots of history and no desire for it!

Italy - Beautiful landscape, lots of history and no desire to travel Weary of travelling

We've been in Sicily for a few days now and the guidebook, almost new this time (we bought it at the start of our trip in 2020 and then didn't need it so much thanks to "C"), has a thousand ideas for us. This one particular mountain road, here a pretty old town, there an archaeological site of the Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Phoenicians, Punic and who else.

And us? We are tired. Travel weary. Disinterested. Once again.

As long-term travellers, we embrace the many opportunities to discover new cultures and landscapes, meet new people and embark on an adventurous journey. But we also know that constant travel can be a burden. For us, then, it is probably more the spirit that slackens.

And, of course, we know that it is important to include breaks and rest periods in our itinerary and to take time to relax and recuperate to counteract this. So? Do we do that? Far too little, of course.

That's not so easy. Here comes the typical "Mamรผma" into the game. "You should try it." Yes, we could just spend a week somewhere in the mountains of Sicily now. We could just do nothing. And then we want to move on again, here just the one little town, there just the small excavation site.

The good thing is, our bodies tell us quite clearly what is going on: we are tired, bored and lazy. So we go to the beach and stay there. Listen to something about history in our read-aloud app. Watch videos about the mafia (not a good idea, I immediately think of car bombs and night-time robberies - as if they want anything from us!) and finally we cook ourselves something nice, take extensive naps and bide our time. Let's see what comes.

It is also important to take time to reflect. We now want to reflect on our journey tothink and reflect a little. That's always good, by the way, whether you're on a trip or not. We look back at what we have experienced so far and what we want to experience in the future. We "plan" a bit for spring and summer at home and think about where we might go in autumn.

Ideas? Yes, we have enough of those. But we have a few iron rules:

  • Deciding nothing when we are not well.
  • Deciding nothing when we are tired.
  • And decide nothing when we are tired.
  • Oh yes, then there would be the rule of never deciding to go hungry, but us being hungry in Italy seems impossible.

So we browse through our photos taken on the drive through the beautiful, for us really surprising Sicilian mountains, and pick out the most beautiful ones. And yes, two photos of the "oh so important" archaeological sites are also included. Photographed from the roadside as we whiz straight past them.

PS: One more thing: Just because we write here every day doesn't mean that we experience something every day. Some days are full of experiences, so I like to write two or three diary entries. Other days are uneventful, well, reporting on those would probably make little sense.

Or to put it another way: if I enter something in our travel gratitude memory book here tomorrow, it doesn't necessarily have to have happened the very next day.

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Rachel
Rachel
9 days ago

Travel weary?
Also understandable.

Too much experienced and seen in the last years and months. ๐Ÿ‘

How do you actually feel about time?

In retrospect, does it go faster or slower? ๐Ÿค”
I often wonder how the sense of time works.

As a child, a year like that takes eeeeeeew.
Especially until it was finally Christmas again. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Now, as an old witch, I wonder where the last 20 years have gone.
I am often horrified!
Because the time - it feels - has simply passed far too quickly.
20 years are practically gone like nothing! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Kind regards from cold Bavaria
From the Racheli

Heike
Heike
9 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

Look, I had already written something about this:

https://www.leben-pur.ch/tunesien-faulenzertag-ein-abschied-auf-zeit/

How we feel about time depends not only on objective factors such as seconds and minutes. Time psychologists have researched why sometimes minutes seem like hours and sometimes hours seem like minutes. The finding: our perception of time depends strongly on how much we experience and how much we concentrate on time.

I see.

One factor that seems to influence our perception of time is our memory. The more we experience and remember, the slower time passes. (Good idea, we've been doing it this way for years!) Children and young people experience a lot for the first time and have to process it, so time stretches subjectively for them. In contrast, we adults (we are probably exempt here) often stay in one place and experience fewer new things, which can make time seem to pass more quickly.

But this does not only have to do with age. Rather, it has to do with the circumstances in which one finds oneself. So say the scientists. When we are trapped in routines and our lives hardly change, time may seem to pass more quickly.

We ourselves have never thought about how quickly time passes. But we hear such sentences again and again. Yes, okay, when we look at our children. But otherwise? When we look at our virtual diary here ourselves, we are sometimes amazed: "What? We've experienced all that in one year? Crazy!"

Best regards!

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