About My Blog

Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness.  ~Ray Bradbury

…Purpose…

I love to travel. The first time I left the country was my study abroad trip to Morocco. I spent months looking for the perfect suitcase, and longer than that planning each item that went into it. I read everything I could about Morocco, and I spent countless hours planning my trip to the Western Kingdom. Once I arrived in country, I thought I was going to know exactly what to do.

Thankfully, for me, I was wrong. I discovered that despite my planning, I was constantly lost. Lost in the streets, lost in the language, and lost in the culture. However, I discovered that those were the moments that I truly learned something about Morocco and I truly learned something about myself. After that realization, this blog went from cataloging adventures to a commentary on lostness.

I have been hopping around the world ever since, trying to rediscover lostness where I can. It is an attempt to examine culture in the US and beyond, and an attempt to share that culture at least in the way that I have seen it.

…Timeline…

I started this blog in January 2007 as a way to keep in touch with friends and family without having to send mass emails. I was beginning a study abroad semester in Rabat, Morocco.

I abandoned it in June 2007 when I returned from my study abroad.

I reclaimed the site in August 2008 as I began my year as a Fulbright Reseracher in Morocco.

Upon return to the US in August 2009, I decided to keep the blog as an outlet to comment on what I saw as the aesthetic of lostness.

…Various Names….

Land of the Setting Sun (Jan 07)

From Atlanta to Rabat: My Semester in the Western Kingom (Jan 07-Jul 08)

The Aesthetic of Lostness (Jul 08 – now)

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2 Responses to About My Blog

  1. david smolker says:

    hi roz,

    i came across your blog from a link i found on your ushahidi post. i am a contributor to architecture for humanity’s design like you give a damn II publication and we’re considering ushahidi for inclusion. i am interested in your experience working with haitians and the potential for ushahidi to impact lives, and i’m wondering if you have some time to chat, or respond to a few questions that could expand on what you described in your ushahidi post.

    we could skype, go by email, chat, whatever works best for you and your schedule.

    let me know if you’re interested. best,

    david smolker
    afh volunteer
    david.smolker@gmail.com

  2. great post, thanks so much

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