Excerpt from Article "Have Modern Travelers Lost Their Way"
Whenever I am in doubt if leaving London is a good idea or not…
“Though home is honored as an anchor of identity, there are also disturbing ways in which it can fix us unhelpfully to a version of ourselves we no longer wish to side with. The familiar curtains and pictures subtly insist that we shouldn’t change because they don’t, our well-known rooms can anaesthetise us from a more urgent, necessary relationship with particular questions. It may not be until we have moved across an ocean, until we are in a hotel room with peculiar new furniture and a view onto a motorway and a supermarket full of products we don’t recognize that we start to have the strength to probe at certain assumptions.”
I very much agree with this sentiment. Also interesting that Alaine De Bottom wrote it as he wrote a book that influenced my life about Marcel Proust called (believe it or not) How Proust Can Change Your Life.