Angela Chasisms: On Travel

Angela Chasisms: Existential moments when you feel like the way you’re thinking about something is exactly the way that Angela Chase would think about the same thing, so you like, think about it, like in that way, that like, she does. This week: Travel.


Travel, as like, a concept is really weird. Like how we as Western people are encouraged to explore developing countries because exploration is supposed to make us smarter, more worldly, sensitive and maybe even better as like a people.

Last summer I went to Guatemala to go see it for myself. Or whatever.  My three friends and I got off the plane in Guatemala City where we didn’t stay because we were told by “everyone” that there was “nothing to see” and to go to Antigua instead. So, we got into this huge van with four other Westerners who were also told by “everyone” to go to Antigua for its “colonial architectural beauty.”

Each day I’d take a walk by myself with a camera looking for an “authentic” experience that I could capture, you know, so that I could physically own the memory of traveling. On my fourth day I went walking through this labyrinth of an alleyway, far from the trappings of beauty offered by the “main square.” When I reached the end of the alley I saw this really elderly and impoverished Guatemalan woman, with like, missing teeth weaving brightly colored cloths on this big weaving apparatus. And I stopped, for like a whole three minutes and we exchanged a really long glance. I felt like I could see into her soul. I took some photos of her, like, without asking. I remember how pleased I felt, that I actually found something in that alley entirely mine. Like, I owned it or something.

Later at dinner that night I showed my photos to the girls I was traveling with and one of them said how “special” it was to “explore a place with such a rich history of people whose culture was so durable despite all of the attacks of colonialism on it.” And right then I realized that in this certain way, when we travel to developing countries we’re all just performing as modern day Christopher Columbuses. That we walk around exploiting the very people we believe we’re learning from. And if we really think about it, we’re traveling to say we saw something because it gives us this, like, cultural capital. But if we really wanted to be better as a people we should reconsider “travel” as we know it. Perhaps it’d be better if we just stayed in our rooms. Like, forever.TC mark


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  • Adolf Hipster

    Oh look. Yet another article about a crappy, canceled 90’s sitcom. Fantastic. That’s the one thing this site was missing.

    • Cameyerson

      adolf hipster is right.

      • Adolf Hipster

        This phrase is the most factual thing ever written on this site, and should probably be repeated after everything I post. 

  • Anonymous Hippo

    why the repetition of “like,like,like,like,like”?

    • Adolf Hipster

      Like, because that’s like how a like amateurish, wannabe writer like emulates a shallow, poorly written character from like a shitty, poorly written tv show who like talked that way, or some junk.

      • TrustInGodwinsLaw

        Just because you dislike My So-Called Life doesn’t mean you have to hate on Collier for channeling its main character perfectly!

      • Adolf Hipster

        No, I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what it means.

      • sfrgsfda;

        don’t feed the troll

      • Adolf Hipster

        I prefer the term literary critic

    • rayanne

      have you ever heard angela chase, like, speak?

  • not a hipster

     angela chase is great and so are you collier.

  • Ellen Mallernee

    This series of articles is genius and anyone who is hating on it just never got the magic of My So-Called Life. Which means that you are sucky people anyway. 

    • Greg

      I’ve never seen my so-called life and I think these articles are great

      • Zoe

        i HAVE seen my so called life and did not think these articles are great

      • Rfatica Othermail

        I have not seen my so-called life and I think these articles suck.

  • Guest User

    I loved My So Called Life,  but not this article. I think you get her “voice”, but seriously, taking a picture of an impoverished elderly woman in an alleyway? That’s messed up and not at all existential or Angela-esque; it’s just douchey.

    • collier

      it’s a joke mannnnnnn. you know? It’s not an entirely unreal scenario. Lots of people take photos like that.

  • Guy

    I laughed.  Mostly because I traveled to Guatemala recently.

  • Vicky Shazam

    i totally like, read this in Angela Chase’s voice. it was so like, spot on. like, really.

  • Anonymous

    This article is amazing.  A race-conscious Angela Chase?  It’s so funny because the 90’s-grunge-disenfranchised-white mindset is kind of lacking in any critical thought on systems of power, so it’s like, what are you feeling so disenfranchised *about*,  Angela? (Travel, I guess.)  So obviously the point of the article is to use a voice that is striving for nothing but depth but in reality maybe does remain a little shallow (so says Adolf Hipster), and to use it to discuss something actually deep…Because the article is *critiquing* passive, disenfranchised depressed whiteness.  Maybe?  Well, in any case, I love this.  And, yeah, obviously the author is looking critically at the paradigm of taking pictures of poor Guatemalens in alleys, not promoting it. Are you trying to say you’ve never seen an image like this?  It is so unfortunate when people use political correctness to ignore racism/classism/xenophobia.

  • Niki Wong

    Is that a gap yah reference?

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