A brief (significant) moment outside the world of travel:
I got off a plane earlier this evening to the news that Nelson Mandela had died. Certainly not specifically travel related, but this is a piece of news that crosses all walks of life. South Africa is certainly a different place because of him. I’ve known who Nelson Mandela is for most of my life, and I would assume that most folks my age or older know who he is. But, that lead me to a question.
My daughter is 7 years old. I remember reading her a book about Nelson Mandela, but I’m not sure she’s old enough to understand the effect he had on the world. And, I wonder….
Will there be someone in my children’s lifetime that has that sort of impact on the world? Our society has certainly seen a sea change in regards to issues like apartheid. Who will our children remember the names of decades from now? Have we “grown up” enough that dramatic cultural change is a thing of the past?
We now return you to your regularly scheduled travel news and notes, just as soon as I get around to writing something else. Thanks for indulging me some brief thoughts outside the world of travel I enjoy so much.