15 October 2008

to hop on a plane



to go anywhere, everywhere. to quickly pack a bag with what first comes to mind. the essentials: a good book, an excellent pen, three different cameras and a tube of lipstick. to let go of tomorrow and feel the plane scream into take off.

to be in an unknown place, if only for a couple of days. where the food tastes different and the words sound different and people wear bright-colored everything. to throw out the maps, the itineraries, to wander for hours and hours for no other reason than to see. to collect scraps of paper, bits of conversations, to look through the lens again and again. to piece it all together and tell the kind of story that deserves a title.

I have been dreaming of this.

35 comments:

  1. i'll settle with coming to portland again. but i know what you mean lady.

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  2. My recent dream is to stay on the Mediterranean for at least a month. Turkey, Italy, Greece, I'd take any of them. Sigh. Have you seen "Enchanted April"? You would love it.

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  3. you and me both, sister.

    here's to unknown places &
    manifesting dreams.
    xo

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  4. sounds ideal. i'm dreaming right there with you. My dream is Provence.

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  5. I've done this. I highly recommend it.

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  6. jennifer (dreemintrea)October 15, 2008 5:25 PM

    keep dreaming....the dreams, their intensity, passion and frequency only signify that you're getting close! you are amazing, gh.

    :)

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  7. After a summer of doing just this throughout Europe, I can say with certainty that you should go for it! Life is short and there's so much to see. Awesome photo also!

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  8. come to so cal and decorate my home with your love and artful eye. it's not exotic, i know but i am longing for a little hula around here.

    or perhaps we should just hit the coast again. aaaaah. dreamy!
    : )

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  9. well, if you want to come to shanghai, we have a couch that is free :)

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  10. I think of this a lot, too. What if I just got in the car and drove somewhere? Somewhere warm and relaxing for me right now :)

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  11. jennifer (dreemintrea)October 16, 2008 1:06 AM

    isla mujeres, mexico

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  12. you could accidentally come to New Zealand and you might bump into me and we could share a mandarin, apple and nectarine juice.

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  13. ahhh. that sounds perfect. like a dream.

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  14. here's to travelling, to discovering different worlds, lifes, words, colours...
    :)

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  15. oh, my gosh. me too, me too, me too. even the word "travel" sounds romantic right now. thanks for the fun post!

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  16. if I were you, I would so be taking ana up on that couch in shanghai!

    since last season's amazing race, I'm dreaming of croatia...

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  17. yes. yes. yes.

    beautiful words. this sounds just perfect to me.

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  18. I love the way you write - it speaks to me

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  19. Agreed. I took the first real vacation of my life a few weeks ago, and now I've got the wanderlust itch.

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  20. This is a wonderful dream.
    Probably that's why moroccan maryam names you as her most favoritely inspiring blog
    glad I discovered it

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  21. yes the freedom of travel a fantasy world for sure

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  22. well now! that is the spirit! i just wrote a post yesterday on not having travelled enough in my real life. in my imaginary life i have done all sorts of amazing things in magical places. it feels like good karma, finding your post here. the responses i received from my blogging friends was amazing! i was invited to visit 2 castles in Ireland, to go to Paris on a shoestring, take a train to texas, camp out on a futon in Taos, have tea with my pseudo sisters in canada, bring my camera to a grand tea party with a trio of divas in san francisco and more! i don't need an itinerary, only my camera, a tube of lipstick and colorful clothes :) great post!

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  23. I'm feeling the same way all the time. even if I'm fine where I am, I always wish to be somewhere else. you can not stop curiosity.

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  24. I woke up today feeling exactly like this. Not unsual since travel to me is religion. However, today I wanted to throw together a suitcase and just run off. I came across your blog via the interview of the luminous Myriam. What a treat.

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  25. how'd you do that? you have read my mind.

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  26. we are planning something very much like this...i'll tell ya more when we see you in a few weeks! yay! also...you've been tagged.

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  27. what a wonderful post, as if i needed one more thing to make me want to travel... thank you!

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  28. that would be amazing! i would totally join you! what a day it could be, with a girl just wandering through the life that goes on around her!
    melissa

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  29. I saw a bit of art on a wall this weekend that said "Chicago is the new Seattle. Enjoy." The windy city would love to host you anytime you say.

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