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This map is divided into three; the left hand side is of the South of Mahé, highlighting my favorite part of the South, which is Anse Royal – where you’d to snorkel and free dive and surf and watch turtles hatch, see a lot of stars and eat good pizza from Kaz Kreole, the middle part of the map is Victoria, which is the hub of Seychelles – where you’d go if you needed fresh produce and seafood from Selwyn Selwyn market, bus terminal, shopping centers, and the right hand side of the map is of Beau Vallon, which is one of the main social grounds of Mahé – where you’d go to hang out, scuba dive with Blue Sea Divers, meet interesting people and make new friends.
Two years ago from today, in February 2013, it was time for a new adventure. I landed in a part of the world that I didn’t even know existed up until I was making plans to fly there and make it my home for a while. I found myself in the Seychelles islands, Mahé city, and settling into my new home in Anse Royal. I had never seen anything like it before; the ocean was everywhere, crystal clear waters, laid back and friendly people selling their fresh catch of the day on the street side stands. What a great place to start out. Many ‘firsts’ followed: first time snorkeling, first time seeing a full moon by the ocean surrounded by palm trees and coconuts, first time laying on the perfect sand to watch stars with the love of my life.
After a month and a half of getting to know the south side of the island, it was time for us to find a more permanent place to lay our heads. We landed in Glacis, just down the road from Beau Vallon on the northwest side of the island. Even though the distance between the two areas is fairly long, it didn’t change the beautiful scenery and positive vibes at all and our home was a stone throw away from the beach. After 2 months there, we finally ended up settling in the mountainous, rainforest area of Sans Souci…where the days are sunny but cool and breezy and the starry nights are just plain amazing. No matter where you end up on this island, there is always beauty to be found close by.
Spring Lake is a town where you can walk to get to almost everything, and when you walk everywhere, you pass a lot of houses and have a lot of time to think things about them. Some of them you think about more than others. Whether it's a house I've lived in, a house that a funny thing happened in front of, or a house that I always thought was abandoned but was, in fact, a library, these are the houses that are "important", at least for me.
Guanajuato is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico... and I am going to visit it in February. This is my way of doing research before my trip! I have included the Pipila monument and the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato... I can't wait to go!
Many years spent back and forth home, things have been moved around in the town I grew up in. People come and go and new things replace the old, but there are a few things that stay the same; the cold, cold weather us people of Lake Placid know too well and all the things one can do in a winter like that; the time when the snow starts to fade away and the sweet smell of maple syrup starts dancing around many parts of the atmosphere; then the warmth of the sunny summer days and its cozy nights; then the leaves start to grow into colors of passion and the lakes are so placid that they mirror everything that stares into them; the neighborhoods and its people; that is what I’d call ‘home’.
I drew this map mostly from memory, starting with where the Ski-jumps are, then revisiting the home I grew up in (still my home to this day), and ending with the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (being an artist, that center means a lot to me).
Though Lake Placid is often remembered for its winters, I carry warm feelings of it. And so this is a summer map - to share with you that warmth I feel when I think of this snowy place – marking some of the many things to look forward to every summer.
The days I spent on Göteborg were absolutely amazing. I discovered a city where you can lose yourself without any problem, where you can do a wide range of funny and interesting things, where everything is in its right place, full of design, beauty and order. Göteborg is a city opened to everyone, where you can find what you are looking for: shopping, art, relax, nature, food, decoration, music... Walk around it and give yourself the opportunity to discover this beatiful city that surprises every step you Gö.
This map is dedicated to Tanja and Marina, my swedish friends that welcomed me as best as possible and were my guides over the West Coast of Sweden. Thank you for your time and your kindness.