In December of 2008 Brian Hartenstein and family left America for an adventurous life overseas to live and work throughout Asia, raising three daughters with a sense of wonder and awe at the possibility of the world. It is now 2016 and the adventure continues back home in Oregon. This blog remains as a time capsule to that period. Thank you so much to all our friends around the world. Please stay in touch. We miss you all!
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Aladdin Off the Hookah
Most people have misguided illusions of what travel is... and thank God for it. They fill their head with images from books whispered to children.
Flying carpets and magic lamps... scowling genies presenting wishes to lowly street urchin.
Who sail away sultans over the sandy dunes.
But to the long sustained traveler, the one who makes their home overseas for years upon years, these fantasy tales are often forgotten. Lost like some abandoned book upon a shelf or a tale erased from memory.
Surrounded by men without names, faces without eyes, places that will not speak.
That's why we need you, to jolt us back into the joy of living.
I realized that again tonight. Out in the markets wandering in the darkness, chasing the moon over huts that lead to the Red Sea. That travel is about a dream. Magic is real. The story is written within.