"Travel involves us in the mess and clutter of the world. What we witness is not the picturesque, but conflicting fragments of a different continuum. Travel is a relentless search for novelty, in which the self becomes de-centred. But invariably there is the background hum of residual experience, like white noise. We see things, we recognise them from our memory of similar things with similar functions. In strange places the ghost of our own expectations comes back to haunt us.

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