About

Have you seen the movie My Blueberry Nights? In a fascinating, nocturnal New York, Jude Law is the owner of a café. One night, he gives Norah Jones a generous slice of blueberry pie, which is inexplicably neglected by the clients. Then Elizabeth, Norah’s character, sets off on a journey across the United States. Sometimes we need to leave our comfort zone to find ourselves again.

FINDING ONE’S PLACE

I’ve always liked this movie. When I was living in New York City, in an untidy and bizarre little flat in Chelsea, I went looking for Jude Law’s café. New York, like London, teems with places where people go to study, chat, read, write, eat, even sleep. I was intrigued by the idea of finding “my” own places, the coffee shops where I could feel at home. I went café-hunting during the weekends and every day on my way back from work. I walked through the vibrant streets of Manhattan with the wind on my face. I peered through the windows of Soho shops. I found secret gardens. So the idea of writing a blog came to me, to fix every detail and never forget. But there’s many a slip twixt the cup and the lip, and it wasn’t easy to collect my notes into a puzzle of words and images.

A PERSONAL MAP

Blueberry Stories comes from a challenge. I believe in the words of Italo Calvino, a famous Italian writer. “You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.” I travel to find answers. I choose to visit the places that “call” me. Some are found by chance, like the blueberry pie; others are cities I like to go back to. I think that we all draw our personal map through our travels, a map that reflects our own personality. This way we will eventually find the place we call home, which sometimes does not coincide with our homeland.

BLUEBERRY STORIES 

As a child I used to dream about traveling to the North Pole and meeting the elves. I graduated in Norwegian theatre, and later on I decided to translate my passion for the Nordic countries into my travel blog. That’s why Blueberry Stories is focused on the Scandinavian world destinations, food, culture. But you will also find stories about Italy, other European countries, Canada and Australia. In my articles I often mention my favourite coffee shops and restaurants (selected and tested), with a special focus on healthy cuisine. Go to the “food tales” section to find reviews and addresses. If you’re looking for vegetarian and plant-based restaurants, take a look at the Go Green category.

WHAT I DO

If I had a magic wand, I would go back to the Belle Époque and travel around the world by ship, drinking tea and writing travel journals. But I’ve got no magic wand, so I work as a freelance translator and journalist in Milan, Italy, and I have to take planes (which I don’t particularly like).

If you want to contact me, write to: theblueberrystories@gmail.com