Are We That Different From Each Other?

Waiting for the bus

Waiting for the bus

To Be or Not to Be, Is There a Difference?

June 18, 2014

Tourist vs Pilgrim is there a difference? Let’s explore using a pseudo Venn diagram

Tourist                                                 Pilgrim
Vacation from stress.                         Vacation from stress
Explore                                                  Explore
Interact with others.                            Interact with others
Eat different foods.                              Eat different foods
Learn another language.                    Learn another language
Travel to different places.                  Travel to different places
Go visit a variety of sights.                Go visit a variety of sights
Pack too much stuff.                           Pack too much stuff
Reflect on life.                                     Reflect on life
Relax.                                                     Relax
Keep to a schedule                              Keep to a schedule
Walk a lot.                                             Walk a lot
Shop for nic-knacks.                            Shop for nic-knacks
Make new friends.                               Make new friends
Spend money.                                       Spend money
Get blisters.                                           Get blisters
Get sunburnt.                                       Get sunburnt
Wear the same clothes.                      Wear the same clothes
Take pictures.                                        Take pictures
Get bedbugs.                                         Get bedbugs
Sleep in hotels w/lots of people.        Sleep in rooms w/lots of people
No curfew.                                             Curfew
Complain about stuff.                          Complain about stuff

Mmmm…I’m sure I could ( and you too) continue to add to both of these lists, but I believe that tourists and pilgrims are both in the same category—visitors—with a purpose.
Not so different after all as people would like to make them out to be.

2 thoughts on “Are We That Different From Each Other?

    1. Bob Spenger

      The real difference is feeling. I have acquired 6 compostelas over the last 15 years and every time I arrived in SdeC, I felt a big let down as I metamorphosed from pilgrim to tourist.

      Reply

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