Wednesday, 27 March 2013

travel//journal



These past few days have been chilly, snowy, nothing to do but roam around the house days.
I have reminiscence written all over me.
Photo albums are being pored over, old love notes read and re-read and journals flipped through and smiled at fondly.

Above is the journal I kept on my first trip to India back in 2009, it's probably been about three years since I last read through it. My fingers tips are worn smooth from turning so many pages that still smell like a mixture of incense and spices, a ghost of a scent trapped and preserved between the pages after all these years.

Reading through my entries I'm amazed at how resolved I was to document not just the events of my trip but the emotions, the connections, the conversations and the lessons learned.
I scribbled down quotes and snatches gleaned from chats with fellow travelers; things that resonated with me or I wanted to remember for future reference. Compliments given to me or assertions on life that had never occurred to me before.

I wrote lengthy excerpts from books that I was reading while I traveled, stories told by taxi and rickshaw drivers, my fortune given by a palm reader.
 There are maps, phone numbers and email addresses scribbled in the margins alongside my own doodles and calender entries detailing what I did each day.
 I will forever know that on June 4th of 2009 I "Sat next to the ocean reading Hemingway and drinking Ginger Lemon Honey Tea".



Every page is filled with the people I met, their impressions on me, the experiences I had, the romances and what I learned from them.

I'm so glad I have this keepsake from the most magical and influential 4 months of my life to treasure and keep for always.

It's a reminder in this time of healing of what once was and what once again can be.

I'll leave you with a final thought- a sentence scribbled on to the first page of my book, whether it was a quote I heard or read or it came from my own brain I can't remember, but it's a nice thought, and one that serves me well in this current path I'm taking...




14 comments:

  1. This is lovely! I wish that I had done this when I travelled around Europe - it will be lovely to look back on in many many years to come

    Vanessa x

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    1. I'm so glad I have this reminder of that adventure, and it's also inspired me to be a bit more vigilant with my current journal keeping!

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  2. Beautiful!! I love seeing other people's journals, so inspirational :)

    Mackenzie
    www.heybirdfriend.com

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    1. Thank you so much Mackenzie! I think I've inspired myself to not be so lazy and journal more!

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  3. Hello, we are readers of your blog and we have started a new project and a new blog. We'd like to invite you. Thanks :) Rue du Tambour

    http://ruedutambour.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. You have a very cool blog there, thanks for the link up dears!

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  4. Gorgeous post! I wish I was patient enough to keep a journal! These are beautiful! I love your drawings xx

    www.fernandfable.blogspot.com
    www.fernandfable.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you lovely! I think once you get going with a journal it can take on a life of it's own and actually become quite therapeutic, the first few times you try to write might feel awkward or forced but with me I always eventually look forward to finding a cozy spot or a coffee shop and journaling about my day ^.^

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  5. I love keeping travel journals. They are so lovely to look back on and from the photos yours looks beautiful as well!

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  6. I love this! I think I am going to have a journal just for my travels to India this summer. Thanks for the inspiration.
    -Courtney
    www.alwaysrooney.com

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    1. I'm so jealous, I would go back to India tomorrow if I could~ it's such a magical place. Have a great trip!

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  7. It's great. Last year I did one travel book of my trip in Maroco.

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    1. I would love to go to Morocco~ it's up high on my travel wishlist! You should share your journal on your blog, I'd love to see it!

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