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On kindness

by Kim November 25, 2013

Walking away from lunch, Brian and I began talking about all of the kindness we have been shown by complete strangers over this year and a half of traveling. Before we left, before we’d traveled much, we had genuine concerns about our safety. You turn on the television or open the paper and you’d think that humans only do despicable things.

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The Unplanned Things

by Kim November 22, 2013

We were freezing so we bought scarves. And then we bought mulled wine to warm our hands and bellies. We walked arm in arm, telling childhood Christmas stories and daydreaming about the Christmases in our future.

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Where famous people go when they die

by Kim November 21, 2013

We set out today to explore Paris by foot. We spent hours roaming through the Pere Lachaise cemetery where Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde are buried. We warmed ourselves inside of the Cathedral of Notre Dame (850 years old this year). We held hands on the bridge of love locks while searching unsuccessfully for one with our names on it.

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A travel day

by Kim November 20, 2013

I love travel days. I love them because after the stress of figuring out which train to catch or where your bus is parked or how to say, “is there a bathroom onboard?” in a foreign language; the time comes when the wheels hit the road and the train slides out of the station and you are in motion.

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More about the fire

by Kim November 19, 2013

On most days emails overrun my inbox. I get fifty by morning, at least, that require answering. A few of them are normally soul-bearing things, notes from people who are delicately balanced on the edge of their dream and searching desperately for reassurance.

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My morning run in rural France

by Kim November 18, 2013

It’s true that I’ve only been in rural southern France for 3 days but I realized in an instant that these roads are a runners dream. I’ve already explored them for hours, setting out alone down the empty gravel streets to the sound of the birds in the trees and my own rhythmic breathing.

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Market day

by Kim November 17, 2013

“We’ll shop like the French,” said Hannah, handing me a woven basket. Then we set off to wind our way down ancient cobbled streets, past farmer’s stalls and bread stands and impressive displays of French cheese.

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Our welcome to France

by Kim November 16, 2013

The train stops. Waves of riders disembark and a new crowd filters on. Already, the French are dressed impeccably. The men sit in their tweed pea coats, the collars turned upward in an easy air of style. Women walk past us, a splash of red lipstick. The smell of their perfume lingers once they’ve gone.

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