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March 22, 2014

ich bin ein beacher

ich bin ein beacher

And by a beacher, I mean I am absolutely obsessed with the story, The Beach by Alex Garland. I have read this book and watched the movie (with my boy, Leonard DiCaprio) time and time again. The moment I start feeling anxious, restless or that I have been locked up too long, I find my release through this story.

Every time I watch this movie or read chapters of the book, I immediately start searching for my next adventure and visit Delta's site looking for my next ticket out. I start dreaming of where in the world I could go to experience something like this, and dream of place that I can run away to. The feelings and the quotes from the characters come to life for me and I cannot help but to feel that I am somewhat a part of this story. In a sense, we are all searching for paradise.

Here are a few of my absolute favorite quotes, not only from the book, but in everyday life:

I want to do something different, and everybody wants to do something different. But we all do the same thing.

The fact is, I've never grown out of playing pretend.

Maybe to have a memory you need time for reflection, however brief, just to let the memory find a place to settle.

If I'd learnt one thing from traveling, it was that the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them. Don't talk about going to Borneo. Book a ticket, get a visa, pack a bag, and it just happens.

So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It's probably worth it.

Escape through travel works.

In an all-blue world, color doesn't exist. It makes sense to me, if something seems strange, you question it, but if the outside world is too distant to use as a comparison, than nothing seems strange.

Normally, small talk is enough for me to form an opinion of someone. I make quick judgements, often wrong, then stick by them rigidly.

-Alex Garland