I find this paragraph from Paulo Coelho's The Zahir (A Novel of Obsession) so amusing! This is the first time I'm reading Paulo's work and I can't wait to go to BORDERS again and get the paperback version of The Alchemist. Warner Brothers Studio is currently producing The Alchemist movie!
Here's the paragraph from The Zahir on whether you are the kind of person who enjoys spotlights or the entire experience:
"Look at them," I said, because I needed to talk about something, afraid that he might get bored and go home. "They only see what the spotlights show them. When they go home, they'll say they know Paris. Tomorrow, they'll go and see the Mona Lisa and claim they've visited the Louvre. But they don't know Paris and have never really been to the Louvre. All they did was go on a boat and look at a painting, one painting, instead of looking at a whole city and trying to find out what's happening in it, visiting the bars, going down streets that don't appear in any of the tourist guides, and getting lost in order to find themselves again. It's the difference between watching a porn movie and making love."
So, what kind of traveler are you?