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Welcome to my blog. I document my adventures in travel, style, and food

Hello and welcome!

Hello and welcome!

I don't really know how to start a blog, so I'm going to dive right in. After a long period of watching shows and eating junk food instead of listening to my thoughts, I graduated, I found a job, ended an intense relationship, hung out in museums, travelled, moved away from San Francisco to Asunción, the capital of Paraguay. Very long sentence to summarize the last year that brings us to today and the beginning of this blog, that I hope to fill with lots of art, clouds, recommendations and travel tips.  

With an expired visa, bittersweet tears and a suitcase full of memories, I left San Francisco a few weeks ago to embark on a summer adventure, before my upcoming move to Paraguay. Leaving a life behind, a job, a home, friends and habits can be just as scary as it is refreshing. It wasn't my first goodbye, and surely not the last. I've always been a highly emotional person, and change terrifies me. But nothing good comes from stagnancy. Facing a new environment, meeting new people, adjusting to a new home, feeling vulnerable and lost, are all things bound to make anyone anxious, but this time, I'm embracing the feeling, I'm liking the tinkles in the stomach, and fantasizing about the countless roads to take. Change has made me patient, open and resourceful, and we should all try to seize more of those opportunities. When you know you'll be leaving soon, life becomes more precious. Having an expiration date allows you to be more open, receptive, engaged and aware, just as you are when you arrive to a new place. All of this makes your life more rich and exciting! My last months in San Francisco were probably the best (see a little recompilation below.) Leaving made me appreciate the city better and become more optimistic (maybe just pre-nostalgic) about everything that made it special and comfortable. I left San Francisco saddened to leave amazing people and memories behind, but why stop there and not look for more opportunities and adventures elsewhere? The past will remain there and we can only look forward. Thrilled and terrified to start all over again, armed with all that San Francisco taught me. I'll keep you posted!

Marcel Mariën and his star dancer

Marcel Mariën and his star dancer