0
4 In Literature/ Travel/ Wanderlust Wednesday!

Wanderlust Wednesday- Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara

Che

***

The Motorcycle Diaries is one of my all-time favorite movies that inspire travel, but I wasn’t quite as taken with the book. The movie allowed you to see the amazing places they went, that the book doesn’t really describe as well. However, the book did a really good job describing how travel can affect your future plans and help you discover what you’re meant to do. Che Guevara is someone that everyone has heard of and it’s especially interesting to see his formative years were spent traveling which ultimately effected many of his ideas. So, I have some of my favorite quotes from the book to share:

***

“For me, the sea has always been a confidant, a friend absorbing all it is told and never revealing those secrets; always giving the best advice – its meaningful noises can be interpreted any way you choose.”

***

“We seemed to breathe more freely, a lighter air, an air of adventure. Distant countries, heroic deeds and beautiful women spun around and around in our turbulent imaginations. My tired eyes refused to sleep and in them a pair of green spots swirled, representing the world I had left for dead behind me and mocking the so-called liberation I sought. They harnessed their image to my extraordinary flight across the lands and seas of the world.”

***

” I now know, by an almost fatalistic conformity with the facts, that my destiny is to travel, or perhaps it’s better to say that traveling is our destiny, because Alberto feels the same. Still, there are moments when I think with profound longing of those wonderful areas in our south. Perhaps one days, tired of circling the world, I’ll return to Argentina and settle in the Andean lakes, if not indefinitely then at least for a pause while I shift from one understanding of the world to another.”

***

“Seeing the landscape at this superficial level only captures its boring uniformity, not allowing you to immerse yourself in the spirit of the place; for that you must stop at least several days.”

***

“There we understood that our vocation, our true vocation, was to move for eternity along the roads and seas of the world. Always curious, looking into everything that came before our eyes, sniffing out each corner but only ever faintly – not setting down roots in any land or staying long enough to see the substratum of things; the outer limits would suffice.”

***

“The whole city is an immense gallery: the churches, of course, but even every house, every balcony looking out over every street, is like a medium with which to evoke times past. Each of those does not have the same merit, of course.”

***

“Virgin forests are so compelling for spirits like ours that physical impediments and all the nascent forces of nature only served to stimulate my desire.”

***

‘Our interlocutor was, in fact, a very interesting character. From a country in Europe, he escaped the knife of dogmatism as a young man, he knew the taste of fear (one of the few experiences which make you value life), and afterwards he had wandered from country to country, gathering thousands of adventures until he and his bones finally ended up in this isolated region, patiently waiting for the moment of great reckoning to arrive.”

***

What are your favorite travel stories? I need some new ones to read!

For more posts and travel articles I find interesting ‘like’ the For the Love of Wanderlust page on Facebook. Simply click HERE.

*Photo from Pinterest.com

You Might Also Like

4 Comments

  • Reply
    Wanderlust Wednesday- Travel Goals 2013 Update | For the Love of Wanderlust
    June 26, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    […] far I’ve read Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara, Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey and I’m working on re-reading Holy Cow by […]

  • Reply
    Wanderlust Wednesday- Travel Goals 2013: End of the Year Update! | For the Love of Wanderlust
    January 1, 2014 at 10:36 am

    […] I didn’t get 12 in, but I did manage to read six travel books: The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara […]

  • Reply
    Quotes that Inspire Travel- Machu Picchu Edition | For the Love of Wanderlust
    September 17, 2014 at 10:04 am

    […] -Che Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries- […]

  • Reply
    Wanderlust Wednesday- Travel Goals 2013 Update - For the Love of Wanderlust
    December 5, 2014 at 11:36 am

    […] far I’ve read Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara, Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey and I’m working on re-reading Holy Cow by […]

  • Join the Conversation!

    %d bloggers like this: