Mastering Flânerie – a title that I am finally proud of.
As silly as it may seem to some, and clearly to Shakespeare too, I grappled for quite a while in coming up with the perfect title for this blog. I know that it hardly matters to most of you who visit this site, but to me I want every word typed to perfectly represent a part of who I am. And as the title, the name by which I identify my blog, well there lies the most pressure. In just two words I need to convey my purpose, attract attention as to what the essence of this collection of writings is about, and express who I am as a person.
What does it mean to me? Well out of the many things I love, the ultimate for me has to be travel – you can experience culture, music, food, photography and write your own story just by travelling. But my best is not doing the typical tourist checklist in each new place I visit, rather it is completely and fully exploring a location, learning the contours of the map and getting overwhelmed in the smell and sound of the city. To purposely get lost is the way in which I thrive in a new place, my journey is not about the destination but the way in which I got there.
In french there is this magical adjective flâneur which does not have a direct translation into any other language. It means to stroll, to go out and purposely get lost, to wander aimlessly. This is something I want to achieve, to perfect, to master. That is where the title of my blog comes from, a combination of a goal I have set myself and a passion I cannot life without.