Caminante – Intro

It has been too long since I last wrote a blog post, and it seems like a move across the globe to Australia is a good reason to try to put some thoughts down. I wish I could say that I will be sufficiently disciplined to keep up a regular blog output, but I am not a strong believer in making unrealistic new year resolutions, so instead I am going to commit to a short series of blog posts on this major transition, and if the habit sticks great, and if not, hopefully I can manage a bit more blogging activity in 2018.

I chose the title Caminante as the title of this series of posts in honor of one of my favorite poems “Caminante, no hay camino” by Antonio Machado.

Caminante, no hay camino Wayfarer, there is no set path
Caminante, son tus huellas
el camino y nada más;
Caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar.
Al andar se hace el camino,
y al volver la vista atrás
se ve la senda que nunca
se ha de volver a pisar.
Caminante no hay camino
sino estelas en la mar.
Wayfarer, your footprints are
the path and nothing more;
Wayfarer, there is no set path,
the path is made on the move.
Walking one sets the path,
and turning one’s sight backwards
to see the path you never
will set foot upon again.
Wayfarer, there is no set path
only wake-trails in the sea.

I have always felt nomadic at heart, and I suspect that this is why this poem calls to me. As I am soon to be moving once more, and blazing a new trail in a new continent, it seems like an apt title for this series of blog posts. My initial thoughts is that this series of blog posts will end up consisting of 3-6 posts, with a couple reflecting on my time in DC, and then a few more forward looking posts on my initial experiences in Australia. But it may end up longer once I get into writing.


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