"The Way of the World" - Nicolas Bouvier
by Agata Mleczko
And above all, there was the blue. You have to go that far to discover blue. The eye is already being prepared for it in the Balkans; in Greece, it is not only the main colour but also an overwhelming effect - it is an aggressive blue, as restless as the sea, but still it encourages a positive outlook, adventurous plans, a sort of intransigence. But here - in shop doorways, on horses’ halters, in cheap jewellery - everywhere there is inimitable Persian blue which lifts the heart, which keeps Iran afloat, which attains a light and patina with age like palette of a great painter. "The Way of the World" by Nicolas Bouvier
The eyes of a true traveller are always open to small things. Colors that dominate a landscape or a cityscape is something that a local person is used to and it is rarely a reason to marvel. A traveller who comes from far away is more sensitive to what he sees. The blue that Bouvier is comparing looks quite different in Greece and further east. One of the reasons is light which is so different not only in different locations but also in various seasons. Keeping your eyes open and your enthusiasm and curiosity high is a key to meaningful travels.
Travellers can play an important role, bringing fresh eyes to mundane, everyday scenes and can encourage us to look again at sights we take for granted.