The Motorcycle Diaries

A few nights ago I finally got to see the Motorcycle Diaries, a film I’ve wanted to see for a long time. It was brilliant…

“The Motorcycle Diaries” is based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he, and best friend Alberto Granado, had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s.

There were a few notable quotes that stuck in my head…

“We travel just to travel.”

This really struck me because of how much we in the West insist on things have an objective, a purpose. We are purpose-driven, efficient, and so on. Why must we be? It’s not always wrong, I admit, but why can’t we do things anymore simpy for the love of them? Simply because they are life-giving and bring us great joy? Traveling is one of my favourite things in the world. I rarely feel more alive than I do when I travel – meeting new people, seeing new places, new ways of experiencing life and culture and JOY.

“We could feel the world changing… or maybe it was us?”

Think that says it all… everything is changing…

2 thoughts on “The Motorcycle Diaries

  1. I agree! Excellent film! Very delicately told, the story is almost poetically beautiful, isn’t it? I first saw it two years ago, and have watched it at least ten times since, each time with more and more wanderlust building up inside me! I agree with you on the importance of travelling just for the beauty of travelling.
    By the way, I really like one of your photographs from Latvia, the one with the boat in the snowy landscape. Are you making prints of your photographs, still? Because if you are, I’d like to buy on of them, although I’m still deciding which one I’d like! Will you be back in Glasgow this week? We should meet for tea/coffee and a chat if you are!

  2. It is a great film isn’t it? Would love to grab a coffee soon-ish, I’ll be back in Glasgow on Thursday. Got a pretty hectic exam timetable. Lots to update you on…!

    Prints will continue to be on sale until I leave, as long as I can keep fundraising with it. The earlier the better (flights need booked asap!).

    Travel travel travel… changes are coming….

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