Why he loves to travel to Japan

Photo from inside Narita International Airport with reflection
Photo from inside Narita International Airport with reflection

Faking normal in Narita
I asked a student why
he loved so much to travel.
What a weird question
he said. Because
when I travel I’m free.

Istanbul is home
and people who love me
and obligations.
All the time I am
pretending to be happy
but I’m not

not till I fly to Japan—
then I’m a different me
living days without duties or planning
with talking and drinking and romance
and walking 20K per day
and I am free.

Photo and travel diary note by Rachel McAlpine CC BY 2.0, drafted at Seoul Art Space—Yeonhui  3 Sept 2018

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