-I am afraid I can’t answer that, I’ve changed so many times since this morning you see...»
Nitzan (from Israël) came to Madrid for a trip around Spain. While we were sitting at the rooftop bar of Las Musas Hostel, she was staring into the void with a smile on her face that I couldn't but help ask about. Although the rest of the story I disclose for another post, her quote and the conversation we had has been one of my favourite explaining the many personalities we take on as we travel.
They say travelling helps you find yourself – but I have always been a strong supporter of the idea that life, like travelling, makes you create yourself;
With the geographical distances we take from our homes, we also take mental distances from who we were back there. We start to see that in different settings we also become a different kind of person. Travelling may heighten it, as your context changes brutally from one country to the other. But softer than this, is also the adventure of life itself; the changes we go through as life makes us embark on new journeys of choices, contradictions, highs and lows. That we become a different person because of it, is not only an expectation but an anticipation.