Fairy Tales …

 

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“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” (Hans Christian Andersen)

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Time …

Recently, in Montreal, I was kindly invited to a rehearsal of Händel’s Triumph of Time and Truth.  Sitting near the centre of a beautiful chapel, surrounded by three choirs (one in front, and one on each side) I felt the chorus line ” Time is supreme, Time is a mighty pow’r!” not only wash over me, but reverberating deep in my soul.

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After what was a powerful experience, this notion of time did not leave me for days. Is it really, I was asking myself? Supreme, a mighty power? Or is it just a social construct to help us understand this world? Einstein proposed about 100 years ago that time and space are not really constant.

 “The distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” Einstein quote  

Cities

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“…Arriving at each new city, the traveller finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.”
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Forest bathing…

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Hello, fellow friends and travelers,

A recent article in a German magazine has me thinking about great words that do not exist in the English language.

Here are a few of my favorites:

For the tree hugger:  Shinrin-yoku – Japanese, for “forest bathing,” the “practice of taking a short leisurely visit to a forest for health benefits” (Wikipedia: forest bathing)

For Santa and his helpers, a unit of measurement: Poronkusema – Finnish for “the distance a reindeer could travel before stopping to urinate” (Wikipedia: poronkusema)

For the currently stationary traveler: Fernweh – German for the ache / longing to travel or get far away.

For the budget-conscious: Prozvonit – Czech for initiating a cell phone call and only letting it ring once, so the other person has to call back and you can save on minutes. (See Wiktionary).

And finally, for the art lover: Duende -Spanish for “having soul, a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity” (Wikpedia: duende), i.e. the power that a work of art can have to deeply move a person.

Happy travels!

 

 

 

Fountains

Hello, fellow travelers and friends,

Fellow blogger Polianthus inspired me to partake in his monthly fountain challenge. After all, what’s not to love about fountains? I even have one in my backyard. Although it doesn’t look anything like this…

 

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Fountain in Rome

 

… it has become a gathering place for all types of birds and a “watering spot” for cats and racoons.  While I enjoy the sounds of water falling, I return to the fountains of Rome.

Ciao – TT

 

 

Free…lancing

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.

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I think, Joel Klettke said it nicely:

“Don’t freelance to make a living – freelance to make a life…”

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