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 is a collection of tales from different cities, both in Italy (I’m Italian, by the way) and in the rest of the world. Also, you’ll find hygge coffee shops and restaurants here, because I believe in everything that this beautiful Danish word evokes and in the possibility of finding hygge everywhere in the world. Needless to say, I’m fond of Nordic countries and their culture, but every place is a treasure island, a gold mine, a box of stories, traditions, recipes, beliefs, artwork, landscapes, and people. And every place has its own personality, just like us.
If you want to contact me, write to: theblueberrystories[at]gmail.com