We were shocked and saddened, upset and distraught to hear of Anthony Bourdain’s tragic departure. Being fans of his show, his approach to food, travel and open-mindedness, we lived vicariously for years watching each episode and each season of his different shows. Never in envy, but in lust, we have yearned to cross the globe and travel as Bourdain has and experience how other people live, eat and talk.
Currently, we decided to liquidate and escape from the mainstream-a-dream-America and travel, 1st stop Santiago, Chile. Where we will go from there, we don’t know for sure, but, in the spirit of Tony y todos los viajeros, we’re going for it.
I think Hemingway expressed it best in many of his novels and short stories that you cannot escape your issues by moving coordinates; they travel with you. Since my skeletons also lounge resignedly in their closet riddled with addiction and poor choices, I acknowledge that I cannot expect travel to be the panacea to all problems. But what else are we to do but try and see.
To quote Tony himself: “If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food.”
On the eve of coming Autumn and the halcyon of our departure, with full intent to follow our dreams, I reflect on the gentle, effectual nature of humanity and lovingly manifest a reality in which we all can find happiness and safety and comfort without having to seek a tragic way out….. Much love Tony, and best of luck in the next one…