Send me on my way

LET THE ADVENTURES BEGIN!

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2.5 months around the 🌎  for climate / water stories (of course), starting now:

Montpelier –> Montreal –> Chengdu –> Beijing –> Copenhagen –> Stockholm –> Chicago –> Boston

Goals for this trip:

  • Record water / climate change stories in each place
  • Learn whatever it is that the journey has to teach me
  • Get more comfortable taking portrait photographs

I bought a used DSLR camera & I’m learning my way around the different settings / breaking through the shyness that I have of photographing people.

This is my friend Cora Brooks in Montpelier, VT. She writes poems and taught me how to bake bread.

We met 5-ish years ago through the archives at the Schlesinger Library, where I was doing a research project on poets who have their papers archived there.

I started alphabetically by last name, elbow deep in grey boxes and filing folders. After a few weeks I realized that Cora was still alive (most people donate their papers only after they’ve passed).

I wrote her a letter. She wrote back. We’ve been writing each other letters ever since.

I’ve visited Cora in Montpelier a few times over the years, and every visit is a new kind of magic. Today we walked to town and ate beetroot and orange gelato.

Cora teaches me how to enjoy slowness. Her home is full of words. She has a cat whose name changes every time I visit. Last time he was Zebra Tattoo. Today he is Barcelona.

Here’s to intergenerational friendships.

Stay tuned for more. I’m looking forward to updating you all from the road.

xo,
D

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2 thoughts on “Send me on my way

  1. Hi Devi, I have not been to most of the places abroad where you are heading, but I did visit Copenhagen in 2013. Outside of Copenhagen, in the city of Roskilde, we went to a Viking Museum. It opened my eyes to specificity that go into wooden boat building. Certain tree species are used for each part of a wooden boat. I love this connect between land and sea. I did not, at the time, think about how this ancient craft may be affected by climate change, but your quick post has made me wonder. There are no man-made products that can perfectly recreate the particular qualities inherent to each species of tree. How are the forests that have been supplying Scandinavians with raw material for millennia changing?

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