- Simone Ines Lackerbauer
Freelancer and Student, University of Augsburg
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Which places you have visited have inspired you to do or think something differently?
We know that there are tens of thousands of people or things that can be inspiring. And maybe one shouldn't talk too much about them, so they don't lose their inspirational powers. However, I would like to ask you if you feel the same as I do: Physically being somewhere and actively experiencing this place -- whether at home, at a new place, on vacation -- is the most powerful way for getting inspired. It's not about going to a place designed to inspire you (e.g. visiting a gallery and seeking inspiration), but it's rather about going someplace where it's up to you to find your own inspiration.
For example, I feel the atmosphere at the Sacré Coeur and at the Centre Georges Pompidue in Paris is highly inspiring. Not because of the church or the museum, but because of the people -- tourists and locals --- and how they interact. Watching those crowds inspires me to think about cultural diversity and travelling. My university in Paris inspired me to change my goal in life.
How about you? Which places inspire you to think or act differently? Was it a one-time experience, or does it happen all the time?