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