Gabriel García Márquez, an author I love, described so aptly the joys found from traveling. The original poem written in Spanish, I find a lot more poetic and beautiful (isn't everything in Latin language?)  For the purposes of my readers who are largely English- speaking, here is a translation. Scroll down for the original Spanish version.

Travelling is leaving home,
Parting with friends
It’s trying to fly;
To fly along new routes
Crossing paths
It is trying to change.

Travelling is dressing crazy
It’s saying “I don’t care”
It’s wanting to go back.
To return appreciating the small things
Sipping a drink,
It’s wanting to begin.Travelling is feeling like a poet,
Writing a letter,
It’s wanting to embrace.
Embracing in a doorway
Longing for calm
It’s stopping to kiss.Travelling is to become worldly
It’s to meet other people
It’s to return to the beginning.
It’s to start offering a hand,
Learning from the strong,
It’s to feel solitude.

Travelling is leaving home,
It’s dressing crazy
Saying everything and nothing in a postcard.
It’s sleeping in another bed,
It’s feeling that time is short,
Travelling is to go back.

Viajar de Gabriel García Márquez

Viajar es marcharse de casa,
es dejar los amigos
es intentar volar
volar conociendo otras ramas
recorriendo caminos
es intentar cambiar.

Viajar es vestirse de loco
es decir “no me importa”
es querer regresar.
Regresar valorando lo poco
saboreando una copa,
es desear empezar.

Viajar es sentirse poeta,
es escribir una carta,
es querer abrazar.
Abrazar al llegar a una puerta
añorando la calma
es dejarse besar.

Viajar es volverse mundano
es conocer otra gente
es volver a empezar.
Empezar extendiendo la mano,
aprendiendo del fuerte,
es sentir soledad.

Viajar es marcharse de casa,
es vestirse de loco
diciendo todo y nada con una postal,
Es dormir en otra cama,
sentir que el tiempo es corto,
viajar es regresar.

Amalina Davis

Amalina Davis

Malaysian by birth, English-Australian + Malay by heritage, and world citizen by heart. I’m a full-time corporate girl & social advocate, who still manages to fit in cultural-immersive traveling in her hectic life.

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