„Boredom lies only with the traveler's limited perception and his failure to explore deeply enough.“

—  William Least Heat-Moon, buch Blue Highways

Part Seven, Chapter 7.
Blue Highways (1982)
Kontext: Boredom lies only with the traveler's limited perception and his failure to explore deeply enough. After a while, I found my perception limited.

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