I’ve been wanting for a while now to add a new section to this blog. Travel. I am not sure why, but I have been thinking so much lately about the places I have been and the things I have seen that have made me who I am.

I have oodles and oodles of travel journals, postcards stashed in between books, train tickets and subway passes and maps hiding everywhere. They are so important to me because I believe very firmly in the tremendous capacity of physical objects as repositories of memory.

I want to write about these places I’ve been, about what I saw and what I experienced there. I want to remember what it felt like to be there, the tiny treasures that would have been lost without a quick scribble in a journal or a snapshot. I want to remember who I was when I was there, what it was like to be the me that I was then: eyes wide open, feet exhausted from traipsing all over new cityscapes, hands cramped from trying so hard to write it all down.

I am so grateful for all the memories I captured. And I want to live them all again. So I am going to start writing here, in this section, about the places I’ve been, whether they were solo or with girlfriends, with family or with my sweet husband, whether across oceans or just a quick drive up the coast.

Maps are so very important to me, and what I am going to attempt to do here is to make a verbal map, of the places I’ve been, of the me that saw them. I hope it will be a fun adventure. I should have the first post up in a few days, once I finish sorting through all my journals and photos and scraps of paper, once I get back from the foreign lands they take me to. 🙂

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