LIFE IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY Enrique Márquez
“Life is what you make of it. The travels are the travelers.
What we see is not what we see, but what we are.”
The idea of a trip comes from the need to stay in constant motion. Traveling is getting out of habit, comfort; it’s to escape from the everyday things and embark on to a new experience where time is the least important thing. The trip is a conversation with the other and his environment, but above all it is a conversation with oneself. We try out our ideas and question them to overcome the self-imposed limits to go beyond what we known.
Once we leave our place we become exposed to all kinds of situations that make us get to know us better, they motivate us to enjoy more what we have and remember who we really are. When we travel we always carry our history with us, and we leave it out there, loose among strangers, to see what happens. We take photographs to see ourselves reflected in places alien to us and we take new stories with us on our mental suitcase.
The trip is not only movement; it is also change, reflection and renewal. The self-exploration results in the sublimation of what happens to us. Motivations are presented to us, so we can value our history and give it a new interpretation. We travel, not to change place, but ideas;1 we travel to find a different way of looking at things.