Paul Theroux inspiration!

Photo taken from’ve been reading some Paul Theroux recently and these really spoke to me:

– You go away for long time and return different person – you never come all the way back.

-Travel is a state of mind. It has nothing to do with existence or the exotic. It is almost entirely an inner experience.

-Travel holds the magical possibility of reinvention that you might find a place to love, to begin a new life and never go home.

-Travel is at its best a solitary enterprise . To see, to examine, to access, you have to be alone and unencumbered. Other people can mislead you, or crowd you.

-If one is loved and feels free and has gotten to know the world somewhat, travel is simpler and happier.

-Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they are going!

– In Mumbai: a tourist would have been in a temple or museum. I had been in a slum.


About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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2 Responses to Paul Theroux inspiration!

  1. bettysteinhauer says:

    how true!!!!

  2. irwing12 says:

    “Travel is at its best a solitary enterprise . To see, to examine, to access, you have to be alone and unencumbered. Other people can mislead you, or crowd you.”
    Really like that one, and I also agree with all of the quotes. Check my blog, if you like Paul Theroux maybe you’ll like it 🙂

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