A shout-out to all my fellow interpreter and translator friends:
“International Translation Day is meant as an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of language professionals, which plays an important role in bringing nations together, facilitating dialogue, understanding and cooperation, contributing to development and strengthening world peace and security. ” (un.org)
A single sunbeam is enough
to drive away many shadows.
SUNBEAM – Nice, France
“We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea and to be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked with dew… Human beings are actually created for the transcendent, for the sublime, for the beautiful, for the truthful… and all of us are given the task of trying to make this world a little more hospitable to these beautiful things.”
― Desmond Tutu
Hola, fellow adventurers and friends! I hope, life is treating you well.
In a recent conversation with a friend and fellow freelancer, we agreed that freelancing has been the right approach for both of us. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves, right? Neither one of us could imagine working 9-5, reporting to a boss, being told what to do, etc.
We enjoy not knowing in advance, what each work day may (or may not) bring. We like (or can deal with) irregular schedules. We don’t mind tight deadlines (well…) and thrive on the surprise factor of last-minute trips for conference interpretation assignments (Can you be in … tomorrow?). We’ve learned to juggle and arrange our personal and professional lives to accommodate ups and downs, stress and financial instability in exchange for adventure, independence and freedom.
I think, Joel Klettke said it nicely:
“Don’t freelance to make a living – freelance to make a life…”
Hello, fellow adventurers, translators and travelers, how is it in your world? I (still) feel very inspired, as you can tell….
This morning, I came across this quotation about language and photography that I wanted to share:
“Photography is light-writing, the language of images. Less abstract than written or spoken language, it selects images from the existing world of appearances and arranges them in patterns. The camera-eye doesn’t think, it recognizes. It shows us what we already know, but don’t know that we know.”
― David Levi Strauss, Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography and Politics
Before signing off, here’s my tip for the day:
Tip: Stop by the Pinakothek der Moderne/ Modern Art Museum next time you’re in Munich and enjoy this view …