The Courage to Disappoint

Keep it real, I say to myself, as I’m writing this post. Keep it very real. “I’ve been plenty humbled these past few days”, I can hear my pride is trying to negotiate with me, “do we have to publish this failure on the web?” Yes, we do, I argue. Firstly because I do not…

A pretty blouse, another tear masked

Stories about appearances. A year ago, in my day-job in Dakar, we were having a horrible time coming to terms with a jumble of various damaged rice bags belonging to different receivers. Imagine thousands upon thousands of bags, some in containers, rotting, others thrown into warehouse corners covered in cobwebs their colourful logos faded with…

Gratitude for the Camino de Santiago

“And that’s why I have to go back to so many places in the future, there to find myself and constantly examine myself with no witness but the moon and then whistle with joy. ambling over rocks and clods of earth, with no task but to live, with no family but the road.” – Pablo…

6 tricks to living abroad and meeting new people

Funny story: I moved to Barcelona this past August. In the first weekend after moving into my new place I was checking out the city, going to language exchanges, Pilates classes and creativity workshops. One evening, I was chatting to my roommate about all of these activities. I also asked the name of one of…

Barcelona TV – Info Polones, interview about the Ride to Read

***Follow this link to watch video (in Polish; subtitled Catalan) Spent a very enjoyable evening with Aneta from Info Polones conducting an interview about the Ride to Read for the local Polish TV spot. Thank you also to our lovely camera ladies for a very enjoyable and artsy evening! A few photos from today…

Santa Maria del Mar – “rzut beretem” from home

Indeed, it’s not every day that I live next door to beautiful, gothic masterpieces. This blog post is for my mom as she has asked me to photograph both the Santa Maria del Mar and the Sagrada Familia for her, so with my keen photographers eye and the iPhone camera to the rescue, I’ve set…

First 10 things I look for upon moving to a new city

It’s just shy of a week since I’ve moved to Barcelona. Since this isn’t the first time the my international vagabond tendencies have placed me in a new and unfamiliar city, for the longer-term, I can yet again observe what the first « things » (places, resources, infrastructure) are that I look for when getting to know…