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04 November 2020

A tourist without time or substance

Among all of the things that are happening these days, it is worth noting that we never speak of travels any more. Instead we speak of holidays. Tourists are now much more inclined to go on mini-breaks and deprive themselves of the time needed to meet things: people, places, nature. Yet, such meetings are the very essence of travel. A tourist without time, the time to meet people and things, is deprived of substance. It does beg the question: what will become of the act of hand-shaking?

Shalmaneser III, King of Assyria, shakes the hand of a Babylonian, stone relief from the 9th century BC.