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There is just something to be said about the types of vacations some people take when they want to temporarily embrace a “simpler” life. It’s borderline condescending, and one of the reasons why terrible films like Under the Tuscan Sun or that unfortunate (and essentialist) best seller, Eat Pray Love exist.
It’s a fairly common attitude many Americans have – to go “back to basics” after people with money/access/privilege just want a lil’ slice of life elsewhere. Whether it’s to feel “alive,” break out of work patterns, a need to find themselves…the list of potential reasons is a fairly long one.
But what is the draw to the “simple” life? Where we have the privilege to say, “Hey, I’m just visiting. Thanks for the nettle broth, locals! It was good as hell,” at any point, then leave. Are we responsibly entering and exiting these communities? If not, isn’t that a bit f–ked up?
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