Today I woke up feeling trapped. It started with a simple photo I saw online while perusing the morning news. It was of a pink and green cookie, the new Sakura Matcha flavor Oreo, being sold for Springtime in Japan.
I could almost taste the creamy deliciousness of the colorful treat as I took a closer look. I am now 8 weeks into quarantining at home. Maybe it’s the solitude, but I suddenly became obsessed with the pink and green image.
The Pink And Green Cookie
Up until this point, I was doing reasonably well enjoying travel from home. I reach the world through photos, writing, food, connecting with friends via video, and exploring the area I am in. But then… I saw …the cookie, And that was all it took.
As an everyday jet setter, a frequent traveler, constantly infected with the bug (of travel life), it only takes the tiniest innuendo of a foreign destination to send me packing.
A whiff of sumptuous curry, wafting from a random city kitchen and I’m dashing for Delhi. The vivid musical notes of a salsa number blaring from a passing car and I’m packing for Medellin. The kiss of warm sun on my face and I’m lounging in Santorini.
So this morning, seconds after discovering these Matcha flavored cookies, I was transported to a cafe, dunking pink and green sugary delight, into my oversized tea cup as I watched the frenzy of fashion pass by the large picture window. I was ready to pack for Japan.
As I perused points of interest, available flights, and weather conditions, it occurred to me that it may be a while still, until I can randomly pack up and take off. It really set in how different the world is, and may continue to be. I wondered aloud if countries would keep borders closed indefinitely. And all of the sudden I found myself needing some very deep breaths.
Exhaling, I reminded myself that for me, true travel is a state of mind and a way of being. With all of the Covid related pain and suffering the world has endured, my need to escape is selfish, yet probably common. I am sure I am not the only one. So, I grabbed a cup of my freshly brewed coffee, leftover from my recent trip to Guatemala, and sat down at my laptop to reconnect.
While I am still staying home, craving my Japanese pink and green cookie, I continue to travel in place. Come join me on my journey and share future plans with me.
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May you always be in Wanderland.