I heard the news today. Anthony Bourdain is dead. I felt an overwhelming sadness when I heard this, not because I knew him, in fact we had never met, but because he left this world too soon.
I first heard of Anthony Bourdain when a friend of mine showed me his TV show – The Layover. In this show, Bourdain travels the world trying and testing local foods while on various ‘layovers’ from place to place. On the show he was crass yet honest, shocking yet funny, and you couldn’t help develop a soft spot for the man. A self-proclaimed lover of travel, food and drink – he lived his life in a way that many would only dream of and few would understand.
I am not writing this because I want to highlight the crazy life that Bourdain lived, in fact, I am not 100% sure why I am writing this except to say that, in the small way I can, I wanted to pay tribute to someone that the world will miss, and I wanted to shed some light on the side of travel people rarely talk about. Because it’s real and raw, and it’s not always glamorous. A quote from Bourdain sums it up better than I ever could:
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain (June 25th 1956 – June 8th 2018)
So, with Anthony Bourdain in mind, I will always remember that travel is a journey, full of ups and downs like the rest of life. I hope that this man – master of travel, food and so much more – rests in peace, knowing that he did leave something good behind.
With love and respect,
~ Earthly Traveller
*image tweeted by @bourdain