Calle de Santa Teresa
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Avila, the Great Affair of Travel
Robert Louis Stevenson once said, "I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." I snapped this picture while passing through the Plaza de Santa Teresa in Avila, Spain. While traveling, wherever it may be, I find it hard to take many pictures because I take more joy in soaking in the culture and chatting with locals. Avila is a European gem, it exemplifies a true model of breathtaking scenery, and Spanish history. On this particular day, I was visiting Avila and Segovia. Upon entering the Plaza de Santa Teresa, I noticed a flurry of fruits, vegetables and other home necessities being sold in the market in the middle of the plaza. After taking a brisk walk through the market, I was on my way out when I noticed these two elderly men sitting together. They could have been best friends for years, brothers, cousins, or enemies reconciled, I suppose I will never know. The fact is that it provoked me to slow down and enjoy not only the beautiful city I was lucky enough to see, but others in the future. Traveling is a luxury, it is a great love, it is where my mind wanders during the day and where it rests at night. The photograph of the two men makes me smile to this day, and makes me eager for my next endeavor. My advice to fellow travelers (not only to Avila, but everywhere) is to always take time to soak in the sun and the life-changing experiences and memories. Thank you for evoking my adventurous side, Afar! Best Regards.
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