Problem #1. Small room, large suitcases.
Problem #2. Need a vanity shelf for makeup.
Solution: Zip those suitcases up one inside another.
Voila! A space-saving Russian-nesting-suitcase-shelf.
Two birds, one stone. This, my friends, is the glamorous life of a student in London!
Speaking of stones, here's a famous one. Guess where it's from?
I’ve surpassed 15,000 views! That’s pretty crazy, and mostly due to my fifteen minutes of Freshly-Pressed fame. The fun part of that spike in traffic, though, is starting a conversation with those of you who’ve stuck around for the ride. Thanks so much for reading and following my blog!
Numbers aside, it’s been such a fun journey so far. And I don’t just mean the travel experiences themselves, but also the very fact that I’m writing regularly again. My life in New York was so hectic and packed with activity that I seldom took the time to take a step back and reflect on the day, read a book, listen to the radio, do something creatively engaging (other than watching TV, which definitely does not exercise the brain!).
I’m remembering how necessary it is to nurture my inner introvert. I could have chosen to live just as hectic a life here in London; there’s certainly no shortage of things to do and people to meet. But it’s actually been really nice to unplug a little. Of course, I’ve been fortunate to meet people here whose friendship I really value, but the key difference is that I don’t feel a need to always be out and about, seeing and being seen. After four years of hyperactive extroversion, it’s like I’m taking an extended introverted retreat.
… Or maybe it’s because I focus most of my energy on traveling, and I’m always so wiped out when I get back to London. Speaking of which, I’m Paris-bound today! Life is good.
I listened to this great, persuasive TED talk on why society doesn’t, but should, value introverts:
Fellow introverts, more power to you!
Para Clocks is a new project to create custom-designed parametric wall clocks. I love these because:
a) They remind me of the beautiful geometric designs you see in Gothic architecture all across Europe. One of the first that comes to mind is the famous Rose Window in the Notre Dame. I find symmetry and geometry so pleasing to the eye, and the parametric designs of these clocks do a great job of capturing classic beauty using modern techniques.
Photo, right: © Gérard Boullay
b) My friends are the creative minds behind it. They’re not paying me to do this promo, but naturally I’m happy to support their work!
And of course, c) The clocks are lovely in and of themselves. Below are a few ready-made Para Clocks designs:
The way the Kickstarter process works, backers make a pledge to support the project. The funding is only paid out if the funding goal is met by the deadline, using crowdsourcing to ensure that enough capital is available to kickstart the project. And Para Clocks is offering to give backers free clocks of different sizes and designs with any pledge above $35.
Click here to find out more about Para Clocks, then back their creative project and get yourself a classy, timeless timepiece!