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Saro solo un treno in transito and what that means to me

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Bonsoir a tous,

I apologize profusely for not posting yesterday, I came home pretty late and didn’t realize when I had knocked out sleeping.

I was thinking about what to write today and the words wouldn’t flow. I felt some sort of block. ( writer’s block/ writer’s doubt) Most of the time writing comes to me pretty naturally. I have a story I want to share and I do. Before starting this blog I had stacks of notebooks filled with tiny blurbs. Monologues, plays, diary entries, it would be a melange of things. Whatever I was feeling, I would express it, I wouldn’t censor myself. Sometimes I feel like I should censor myself. Even contemplating about the fact that I feel I should censor myself caused me to want to edit myself and that statement. “People don’t want to read that.” And the little voice appears. That little voice that knows when you have an inch of doubt, It could be about anything, writing, a decision. The little voice convinces us not to trust ourselves. And sometimes we believe it. It came from within, it must be right. It’s not. Not always. I believe in listening to our intuition, I think that doesn’t lead us astray. Our intuition would tell us to trust that although things may seem scary, to trust that we will be taken care of. We are works in progress; I used to be focused on the next 3 steps. What will happen next, I wasn’t focusing on what happened in front of me. I remembered the past but wanted to live in the future, that future where everything would finally be settled. What I failed to realize is that we are constantly in motion.

It actually hit me, I learned the lesson when I was in Italy. I was in Calabria, the streets were filled with graffiti. The people each on their individual journeys some walked alone, other in pairs; I watched them until I noticed something spray painted in Italian.  The wall read:

“Saro solo un treno in transito”

I came to find out that it meant. I will only be a train in motion.

In motion, In transition, In progress, in the process of.

I see a train. I see it glide before my eyes. I watch it pass me by. I feel the wind gently caress my face. A smile takes over. Then I realize I’m that train. I’m on a constant journey. The little voice forgets that, it wants us to doubt ourselves, to doubt our potential. However big or small when we fail to be honest with ourselves, we relinquish a little control to the voice that will have us doubt ourselves for life. Nothing will ever be enough for the little voice. When you think about it, the end result of anything is a fleeting moment. The middle, one foot in front of the other, that’s the exciting part, because there’s still so much more ahead and it could be anything, we could make it anything.

Today, I choose to dream, to be happy, right now. Writing, listening to music, be-ing.

Today I choose to be.

A la prochaine,

De moi pour toi

Auguste Rodin: The man behind the thinker and the kiss

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Bonsoir a tous

For some time I’ve been wanting to write about the legendary Rodin. I remember my first experience of Rodin, I was in the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and I saw it: the  famous sculpture called the thinker. It wasn’t the real thing but despite that I stared at that sculpture for a while. I questioned what is he thinking about? Was this a real man posing for Rodin? What was Rodin thinking about when he sculpted it? Was he thinking of anything at all? I have enormous respect for sculptors, the fact that they can create something with life-like detail out of something like marble or bronze, it feels as if the works of art are alive. I remember staring at sculptures, the fingers, the lines, the facial expressions, the clothing or lack of clothing. If you’ve ever seen an episode of “Doctor who” don’t blink. (mini inside joke between doctor fans ) It is impossible to talk about Rodin without mentioning the passionate relationship with his student Camille Claudel. She served as a muse and worked alongside him for various years before her decent into madness. The mystery behind Claudel is still pondered today with films and plays inspired by their relationship. Rodin’s trajectory is unique, including le baiser (the kiss) the gates of hell ( his unfinished work) mains des amants (Lovers hands and one of my personal favorites) Rodin can capture contrasting emotions of happiness and anguish. Passion and grace. If I could have a soiree with a group of artists from any period, Rodin would be in that list.  If your ever in Paris you should check out  Musee Rodin. It’s one thing to see pictures of his works  it’s another to stand before the sculpture itself. To know that you are witnessing a work of art that has been around probably longer than you have, that the artist’s essence is found within,  and that you are sharing a collective experience with those in the museum.

You can visit the museum’s website here

A la prochaine,

De moi pour toi

Top 5 reasons to visit Espana ayy amor!

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Bonsoir tout le monde

Travel is a huge part of my life. I think travel is good for the soul. It’s a great way to learn not only about yourself but about different cultures and customs. Its an amazing way to make new friends, to pick up a new language and most importantly to step out of our comfort zone. Personally, I need to get away at least once a year. It could be close by or across continents but I need to breathe new air. (if that makes any sense) Every year I try to visit somewhere different.

I would LOVE to visit Spain this year. Que rico! Here are my top 5 reasons to visit.

1. The Spanish language

Spanish is my first language, but listening to different spanish speaking countries speak is like relearning the language. It’s a new experience to hear the slang and the expressions, if you don’t speak spanish then hearing a new language must be exciting.

2. Flamenco Dancing

I would LOVE to take a flamenco class over there. It’s seriously on my bucket list. I’ve always had an attraction to Flamenco. It’s so passionate and full of power but grace as well. It’s beautiful to watch, to listen to and I can only imagine what it would feel like to dance it. Cue palmas =)

3. Food

Come on, you knew this was coming. Tapas, Vino, Paella. All the food you can eat each with it’s unique story and taste. I have to admit i’ve never actually had spanish food. See why I need to go? Your palate and mine will go on a spanish adventure.

4. Architecture

I am a huge fan of European Architecture. I could feel the history seep through the walls. I also really enjoy arches in buildings as well as detailing. I’ve never seen anything like the Spanish arches in the other european cities I’ve visited.

5. Birthplace of Pablo Picasso and Federico Garcia Lorca

These two men are my favourite artists. I could recite Lorca, and Picasso’s trajectory is unique. Picasso was born in Malaga and Lorca in Granada. Just knowing your walking the streets that could have been walked by not only these two greats, but all the spanish artists of the Golden age. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it. Where’s my plane ticket?!

What would you add to my list?

I’m going to listen to some Paco De Lucia now =)

A la prochaine,

De moi pour toi