Parking Lots

I started moving around from country to country when I was a teenager. In a lot of ways it was a great experience that taught me about people and how to adapt to different environments. On the other hand, it left me with a chronic feeling of impermanency and the …

Shuttle Bus Confessions

Yesterday was a challenging day. I spent most of it in shuttles, at airports and waiting for planes. I took a flight from NYC to Chicago that took almost as long as the flight from London. The only notable mention was my encounter with an airport shuttle driver, who feeling …

Top fave moments of my trip

I love New York. I’m having a great time and feeling inspired for the first time in months. Maybe it is the dynamic nature of the city – the hustle and bustle of not just millions of people, but traffic lights, buildings, street signs, ads, taxicabs, buses, neon, tourists: all …

Gotham

It’s 5:00 AM and I’m 41 stories above Gotham city. I’m standing on the ledge of the hotel window, pressed against the glass, my laptop raised over my head, like John Cusack in Say Anything. Except instead of Peter Gabriel, my soundtrack is provided by The The. Harmonicas, I’ve decided, …

Wake up, you’re not a student anymore

My Creative Writing MA was extremely enjoyable. I met talented, interesting people, learned a lot,  and wrote my little heart out; striving to surpass myself with every story. I loved the warm, happy, cocoon-like feeling of mutual admiration. And although we were repeatedly warned it would be different once we …

Rain, rain, go away

We’ve returned from sunny Italian fields to floods and torrential rain of the antediluvian variety. Clever viral marketing for the upcoming Evan Almighty film? I even saw an amusing, if scary, headline on a London newspaper kiosk last night: Thames floods: Flee now! Quite biblical. Let’s pause and take stock …

Those Eyes

I was in Italy for a holiday and looking around, I noticed that everyone seemed to be an expert at flirting. Everyone but me. I’m not a bad flirt, but I’m better verbally and I have that quirky girl geek aspect going. But what I wouldn’t give to be able …

Virtuality of touch & smell

I read recently in Men’s Health about ‘cuddle parties’ – social networking events where you lie on the floor with a group of people and cuddle like puppies. The premise is that touch is a wonderful thing and if you spend the evening snuggling a group of like-minded folks, it might …