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 exploring the world from the North Pole to the South Pole. We live on this planet for a reason, and I believe this reason is to see all the different landscapes the Earth has to offer, and the cultures that people have created over the centuries. But I’ve got my preferences, and I’ve got a particular feeling with the Great North, the Commonwealth countries and Japan. Why? Because they represent different parts of me – my passion for ancient cultures, my need for pristine landscapes and my love for the English language and traditions. I’ve made HYGGE my personal life philosophy and so I’ve decided to dedicate my blog to hygge places and cafés. There’s no journey without a good coffee shop.
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 writer and translator in Milan, Italy, and I have to take planes (which I don’t particularly like).
I’m an ancient soul and I don’t like social media, so if you want to contact me, write to: theblueberrystories[at]gmail.com