‘What is life, but a form of motion and a journey through a foreign world?’ – wrote George Santayana in 1964. Claire Evans is a musician, & spends a lot of time on the road, travelling. She contemplates the meaning of travel:
Travel is inherently narcissistic. Even if we’re looking to be knocked off our axis, we’re still in the business of self-improvement. People want to go to faraway places and return changed. A lot rides on this expectation. We hunt for perspective, for miraculous connections, but when these moments happen, we don’t always recognise them — or we look in the wrong places.