‘We wander for distraction,  but we travel for fulfilment’ Hilaire Belloc

New day new word. Welcome to the life of a migrant

I have recently learnt a new word: peripatetic. I thought this was a more complex description of a ‘pathetic’, but I quickly ran Google check on the new word and I was wrong. It turns out that it does not mean pathetic, but well, something quote different!

Peripatetic or transient would be a good word to describe so many artists lives. Working freelance certainly doesn’t help with that either. I think I also discovered that word when researching titles for my photography exhibition few years ago which was called Transient. 


We wander for distraction,  but we travel for fulfilment peripatetic life Morocco African desert Aldona Kmiec Photography
Photo taken on an old Russian bus on a desert somewhere between Marrakech and Essaquira in Oct 2007 © Aldona Kmiec
Peripatetic ˌpɛrɪpəˈtɛtɪk
In Polish: wędrowny, perypatetycki
    travelling from place to place, in particular working or based in various places for relatively short periods.
    “the peripatetic nature of military life”
    synonyms: nomadic, itinerant, travelling, wandering, roving, roaming, migrant, migratory,ambulatory, unsettled, vagabond, vagrant

    “his peripatetic way of life”
    • (of a teacher) working in more than one school or college.
      “a peripatetic music teacher”
late Middle English (denoting an Aristotelian philosopher): from Old French peripatetique, via Latin from Greek peripatētikos ‘walking up and down’, from the verb peripatein
Bus Journey Morocco 2007 Driving through Moroccan desert_Fine Art Travel images Africa