All in all, the trip was memorable and yes, life-changing in its own modest way, in the way that all successful vacations can change one’s life, by showing a society that is different (in a good way) from one’s own, and by turning the mundane present of the non-vacation moment into something spiritual.
I highly recommend doing this if you spend enough time in a large metropolis: Try two very different neighborhoods and take the time to explore each one a bit.
Excuse me, but I will look for inspiration at the real “greats” in any artistic field. People who, man or woman, young or old, through a life of ease or suffering, could simply not contain their creative voice.
When I told this chap, who hails from Ireland, that Quebec was just east of Ontario he piped in, “Oh, Ontario. That’s where Neil Young comes from.”
Speaking of jobs, I often wondered where the army of workers and servers who attend to the wealthy in London live. Certainly not in the quartiers we visited: Far too expensive. I wondered how long it takes them to get to work every day.
May I humbly propose that Londoners, compared to many other people in the world, are very happy (even if they don’t know it!) Source: London Smokers / London Drivers
I’m trying to think of synonym for the word “intense”, the look on the face, in the eyes, that combines pain and desire and determination, along with a need to fulfill a predetermined goal. Impressive, but also scary!