Every Thanksgiving, in addition to taking stock and feeling a general gratefulness for my life, I try to focus on one particular aspect of my life to be thankful for. This isn’t always an easy choice to make, because the truth is I live a life full of blessings, even so this year, I feel I have a clear choice.
The persistent clouds and high prices of Paris were beginning to wear on me. As spectacular as my time in Paris had been, my own loneliness was combining with the grey Parisian days to form a toxic combination. Rather than turn to antidepressants, I decided to turn to the natural cure for melancholy and go in search of sun, sea and sand (and perhaps some human warmth as well).
All of these desires led me to Portugal. It’s not a country I know well actually and if western Europe has Read more
This week we have a very special guest post from one of the most amazing people I’ve had the please to meet in my travels: Elise Wach. One of those rare individuals who not only travels the world, but makes it a better place as she does so, Elise works with the Institute of Development Studies and focuses on change processes at the policy, organizational, and individual levels. Enjoy some of her thoughts on traveling!
How my life is different when I travel…and why it shouldn’t be
I travel a lot. I got the travel bug when I was 18 and I haven’t stopped. I’ve worked professionally in more than 15 countries, and I don’t even know how many I’ve visited for fun.
I was recently in Ethiopia and found myself thinking, ‘I really like this place, I could definitely see myself happily living here.’ The people are friendly, it’s safe, the sun shines, the food is amazing and Read more
Wow, now there’s an unhappy title for a post, but fear not dear readers, this is not some self-pitying cry for attention. I’ve never wanted to add to the impressive pile of negative information generally known as the news and have no intention of starting now. That said, I’m often asked what is the greatest challenge a life constantly on the road presents. For me the answer is simple: loneliness.
That’s not to say there haven’t been other challenges, some of the physical challenges were very intense, a couple Read more
Paris, the city of lights! Who would of thought it could be such a quiet place? I’m not saying it’s quiet compared to a Swiss mountain village, but for a large metropolis the nights in Paris are surprisingly calm. I’m currently living in the Parisian equivalent of Soho, known as le Marias, but even here the busy streets begin to empty around 11 and by 2 in the morning there’s hardly a whisper.
This is all a bit of a shock to my New York system, so I was relieved last weekend when I found out that I was in Paris for the Nuit Blanche or White Night. On this night, which happens only once a year, the city comes alive for the entire night with artists and galleries displaying some of their finest works throughout the city.
It’s a shame the event only lasted one night, because the truth is there is no way to take in anything but a small sample of all the night has to offer. Even wandering the city till 4am, I only had a small taste of the art exhibitions that filled everything from ancient churches to city plazas. There were films, paintings and installations that are frankly hard to even describe. To get a more rounded picture of this amazing evening check out some of the highlights online here.
Paris remains something of a mystery to me. Unlike New York, Vienna or Rome, it’s people and streets remain somewhat alien and I feel very much a stranger in a strange land here. Even so, as with a new romance, there’s a thrill in the chase, in finding out new secrets and in seeing just how far the relationship will go.Mine was the twilight and the morning. Mine was a world of rooftops and love songs.