"Throughout the journey, I had had the same feeling that I had not been "abroad" anywhere, that I had simply moved through different dimensions of a single human contemporaneity."
—passage from "The Naked Tourist," by Lawrence Osborne
"Ever since I've been in hostile countries, I no longer feel foreign in any of them. I never go "abroad" any more."
—passage from In the White Cities by Joseph Roth, quoted in "The Naked Tourist," by Lawrence Osborne
"There's something deeply lonely about being a tourist."
—Novelist Deb Olin Unferth in this week's Time Out New York "Books" interview.
All three of these are definitely true for me. But bizarrely, I feel quite at "home" when I'm moving through the world, but feel foreign here at home.