Love your country. Your country is the land where your parents sleep, where is spoken that language in which the chosen of your heart, blushing, whispered the first word of love; it is the home that God has given you that by striving to perfect yourselves therein you may prepare to ascend to him. ~Giuseppe Mazzini (Italian Politician)
We live in strange times. It seems that valuing one's country and origins is negatively associated with blind nationalism. In the United States, patriotism is increasingly treated with disdain and hostility. It could be said that people generally associate pride in one's country as a sign of backwardness and a token of the unrefined. I find this greatly disturbing.
I wish I could convey all I've seen through some artistic medium. A poem, a painting, or even a song would be more fitting than simple photography or writing. Perhaps I will pursue this someday.
“People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” ~Dagobert D. Runes (Ukranian Philospher)
“A wise traveler never despises his own country.” ~Carlo Goldoni (Italian Playwrite)
"He who does not travel does not know the value of men" ~Moorish Proverb