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The Perspective Chronicles: Meet Peter Caldwell




What is your name?

“Peter Caldwell”

Where are you from?


What is your age?


Why are you in Sri Lanka?

“Because I didn’t ever think I’d be here, but I’m meeting up with a friend in Thailand and I needed a place to spend three weeks and so I came here”

What is your job?


What comes to mind when you think of Canada?

“Ice hockey, beer, snow, Canadian Thanksgiving…. thanksgiving in October. It seems big”

Which country’s people have the most seductive accent?

“France…. Yeah, France”

What is the purpose of life?

“To live and die”

Does anything really matter?


What is your travel philosophy?

“Try not to plan too far ahead, be flexible, there are many unforeseen events that you couldn’t experience if you had everything laid out already. For instance, us traveling together”

Does traveling bring happiness?

“It can. But there’s definitely some down times to traveling. Like loneliness, home-sickness. But there’s many great times too, great people, great places, great food. But I’d say no, it doesn’t”

Why is traveling important?

“It’s important to help understand what it means to be alive, what it means to be human. Because if we stay in one place we don’t see the other ways that we could live our lives.”

What’s your favorite drink?

“Beer. IPA”

What comes to mind when you think of a hostel?

“Bunk beds, socialization, party, wifi”

What would you ask me if you were doing this interview?

“What’s the longest you’ve gone without a shower?’”

So, what’s the longest you’ve gone without a shower?

“One week…. Greece”

Does traveling make you a better person?

“Yes. I think it broadens my mind. Makes me more sympathetic towards other people in need and it makes me aware of how lucky I am to be me”

What must someone do to be happy?

“Try to be more thankful and less needy”

Can you tell me about a sad moment in your life?

“When I was in preschool I found a turtle on the road on the way to school and I kept it and it became my pet and a few days later my brother released it into the wild without letting me say goodbye and I cried”

What do you think of Sri Lanka?

“A land flowing with rice and curry. Hot. Sacred. Lots of tea. Not enough elephants.

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