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.
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[at]gmail.com