On Travel, Mindfulness and Understanding
“There is one way to understand another culture. Living it.
Move into it, ask to be tolerated as a guest, learn the language. At some point understanding may come. It will always be wordless.
The moment you grasp what is foreign, you will lose the urge to explain it. To explain a phenomenon is to distance yourself from it.”
– Peter Høeg, Smilla’s Sense of Snow*
* From Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Farrar, Straus and Giroux’s 1993 translation of Danish writer Peter Høeg’s novel, Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow.