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Anthony Bourdain

Anthony would have turned 62 this month. I miss him-his words, his humor, his zest for getting off the beaten track. Here from one of his books: “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” — No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach

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We didn't always agree with him, but we always enjoyed his programming and he is definitely missed in our house, too.

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I miss him too. He made such unique contributions to one's thinking about travel, culture, and food. I loved the interplay of all three on his shows, most of which I saw several times over. I didn't mind his personality at all, deep down he was a very curious and even humble person (aside for the media persona). I think it all "worked" and he definitely stood out in more ways than one.

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I never quite 'got' him on the TV shows, and as I don't travel for food, I didn't make an effort. But I know he left a void and it is a shame he hurt enough to shorten his own life.
Now, the quote above is certainly one I can concur with. To make it personally and specifically relevant, my quote would start "Travel (in Africa) isn't always pretty......." I know travel to Africa certainly changed my life. I have never found anywhere else with that impact.
Thanks for bringing this quote to our attention.

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Agreeing with all above, especially Agnes. I enjoyed watching him and his shows. He was always entertaining and I do miss him, too. I love this quote and actually used it in an Apple travel book I put together. Thank you, Alan.

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Hopefully, you leave something good behind.

He left a lot of good behind. Hard to believe it’s already been one year since he died. I haven’t been able to watch him since...It might be time to start again.

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I never missed his shows, and would also watch the reruns. Loved his philosophy, his connection to people, & his humor. I too miss him. Thanks for sharing and keeping his memory alive.