¡Hola Spanish Language Lovers!
Empaparse is my Spanish word of the day. It means to immerse oneself completely in something. I discovered this word at one of my favorite blogs – Tras La Pista de Paula, which is written by Spanish actress Paula Echevarría. She wrote about how much she loves to travel in her January 25, 2016 post. She explains what delights her about travel: “¡Empaparse de culturas differentes, de la historia de un país y su gente, de recibir la energía de esa gente que te encuentras por el camino! ¡Es maravilloso!” (Immersing oneself in different cultures, in the history of a country and its people, receiving the energy of the people that you meet along the way! It’s marvelous!) I share her feelings about travel. It is truly marvelous.
Writing this post reminds me of the famous Mark Twain quote about travel.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people sorely need it on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views on men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.”
I love travel!