Rest in Peace Anthony Bourdain
I’m shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Anthony Bourdain. He has long been an influential figure in my life, as he probably has been for many, helping to shape the way I travel and my views on food. In fact, I’d say the world is a better place because of people like him. Tony was a strong proponent of understanding and connecting with different cultures and peoples around the world through conversation and food.
One only needs to watch his Parts Unknown episodes in places like Iran, Saudi Arabia, and even Appalachia to see how he showed the world that, despite our differences, we’re all really very similar. And it’s true; having met people from Iran and Saudi Arabia myself, we are all very much alike in more ways than not. But even ignoring this, Bourdain was a strong proponent of simply going out into the world to experience something new and try things you’re unfamiliar with.
It is because of Bourdain that I travel the way I do. To experience a place through its food and its people rather than sticking with what’s safe is so important to me. And, Bourdain’s work to share his experiences with the world, to inspire others to connect and explore, is a big reason why I began blogging too.
As Tony said, travel moves you and changes you. If it doesn’t, well, you’re probably not doing it right. Be unique and embrace others’ differences. Get out and explore our world and connect with others.
Thank you, Chef, for your contributions to our world, your inspiration, your desire to connect different people, and for always saying like it is. You will be dearly missed.
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