This has been the latest theme of my travels as I continue from South to North (and also East to West along the isthmus) in Central America. Later, I will provide more descriptions and photos of where and how. In this post I want to touch a little bit on my philosophy.
In the city of San Salvador, El Salvador I found this monument to Pablo Neruda.
He wrote one of my favorite books in Spanish, Confieso que he vivido (translation: I confess that I have lived, the title in English is Memoirs). His spirit of adventure as he lived in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and India have been an inspiration.
I am not adventurous though some might wonder considering this headline from May 17th:
Second, mostly we have encountered the nicest and friendliest people in our travels
Third, advancing age makes up for my lack of common sense. The need for a public toilet and a place to nap keeps me out of a lot of trouble.
Fourth, I learn slowly from mistakes, but I do not dwell on unpleasantness.
Remember, headlines sell advertising. They generally do not reflect what is really happening at the level of local communities and travelers. Here is a headline from May 20 about my hometown, Tukwila, WA.
What do Leibniz, Zwingli, Brahe, Kepler, Kafka, and Neruda have in common?
Note: all the links open to the Wikipedia entries.
In Vienna, I wandered into this square after getting turned around with my directions.
The plaque attributes the establishment of the Austrian Academy of Science to a suggestion made by Gottfried Leibniz in 1713 while residing in Vienna. Among his many accomplishments, he is considered a founder of Calculus along with Isaac Newton.
Apparently, Zwingli, lived near this square when he studied in Vienna in 1498-1502. Later, in Switzerland Zwingli led religious reform.
In Prague, one can follow the life of Franz Kafka, and wander the lesser town neighborhood of the writer Jan Neruda.
I have read a number of Kafka’s books and stories. It was not until Daughter went to the German-American Institute in St. Paul, MN that I realized he wrote exclusively in German. The Chilean writer, Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto, derived his pen name from Jan Neruda, whose name he found in a literary magazine. The compilation of Pablo Neruda’s travel writing in Confieso que he vivido (Memoirs) inspired me to travel as much as possible.