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Serendipity: The Solitary Traveler

London’s Vauxhall Gardens in the 18th Century

London’s Vauxhall Gardens in the 18th Century

Here, straight from the 17th Century, is what I feel like during my travel. The source is Sir Richard Steele’s essay “A Ramble from Richmond to London”:

It is an inexpressible pleasure to know a little of the world and be of no character or significance in it.

To be ever unconcerned, and ever looking on new objects with an endless curiosity, is a delight known only to those who are turned for speculation: nay, they who enjoy it must value things only as they are the objects of speculation, without drawing any worldly advantage to themselves from them, but just as they are what contribute to their amusement, or the improvement of the mind.