Because Borders Are For Crossing…
A border can be anywhere. It can be a fence between countries or an intersection that defines a neighborhood. A border can flavor a cuisine and enliven a culture. It can have a recognizable soundtrack or certain design aesthetic. A border can be a physical demarcation or merely a state of mind. The best borders are porous, engendering understanding and cross pollination of ideas and customs, but even when they are not, when walls separate and visas restrict, the crossing over or through becomes all the more exciting,
I live in San Diego, CA, about a 15 minute drive from the US/Mexico border in Baja California, a border which I cross often. I love that I can be in another country— with customs, cuisine, language, and lifestyle often so different from my own—in less time than it takes for me to drive to the northern or eastern reaches of San Diego county, which also are borders in and of themselves. But I don’t even need to leave the country to experience this cultural diversity; because San Diego grew up spread over a geological system of mesas separated by canyons, each neighborhood evolved with its own physical and sociological personality, and passing between neighborhoods can often feel like crossing into new and different territory.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been afflicted with an active case of wanderlust. Whether traveling to the far-flung corners of the globe, or the near-flung corners of my county, I constantly seek out unique experiences—geographical, cultural and culinary. I’m fortunate to have the great pleasure of writing about these places and times, in hopes of inspiring others to cross their own borders and enjoy the world as well.
by Wendy Lemlin
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