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December 6, 2011
Looking back: Our favorite traveler stories
I take notes when I travel, but it’s not at all organized—a scrap of paper here and there, torn from a hotel note pad. I remember my journeys more through pictures and objects—like rocks, pinecones, shells, and sand. I brought home a jar of rose jelly from Syria, where I met a family who has been making it in their home for three generations. When I open it and smell it, I am right back with these wonderful people, who create such beautiful, fragrant products from the roses that grow in the middle of a desert. I hope I still remember that family and their homeland so vividly when I’m older.
While we all have different ways of triggering our memories, I have special appreciation for travelers who have the patience to sit down and write during their trips—and I love sharing those stories here in Harriet’s Corner. As we approach the end of another year filled with new experiences, I thought it would be a perfect time to look back on some of our favorite stories submitted by our travelers. I hope they inspire you to share your own with me. (Of course, even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, that doesn’t mean you don’t have wonderful stories to tell. Email me a small tidbit, and my writing staff will be happy to contact you and help you craft a masterpiece.)
I hope you enjoy looking back on these stories as much as I did—your words and photos always remind me of the many ways that travel has the power to impact our lives. Have a safe and happy holiday, and I’ll see you in the New Year.