Part of why I started this blog was to have something to motivate me; something to answer to, and of course, to document my progress as I design and sew more. I feel like I've really been making progress with my creativity and technical know how in the last few months, more so than ever before, and this blog is part of that process.
So why on earth then, after only a few posts, and finally feeling more confident as a designer, did I run off to the EU and put my designs on hold?! My poor little sewing and drafting nook is all tucked away doing nothing at the moment. This timing seems crazy, oui?
The answer is both yes and no. I've wanted to "globe trot" since I was a wee teen learning about the world in school. No words on a page, nor photographs will satisfy my curiosity. And, cliche as it may be I always thought it was a right of passage to grab a bag, hop across the pond, and explore, explore, explore! I wish I had done this right after high school but I saved my pennies and went to design school instead. The itch to travel never went away though so I finally decided to scratch it.
After a brief pit stop in France, I've been stamping my feet all over Italy. I've had the pleasure of living with the most awesome family while helping tutor a young, university student with his English. In between lesson planning and one on one teaching, I've been really getting to know the Italian culture while sight seeing all over the place. It's been truly amazing. I love the people here. It's astounding what you can communicate and what you can learn from each other without actually speaking the same language.
I have more adventuring planned while I'm on this side of the pond but in the mean time I thought it would be fitting to share two covers of one of my favourite sixties songs; Eileen's Italian & French versions of "These Boots Are Made For Walking". One thing I especially like about these covers is that the translations, at least in title and course, are fairly literal. Above is "Questi Stivali Sono Fatti Per Camminare" and below is "Ces Bottes Sont Faites Pour Marcher". My little boots have certainly been doing a lot of walking since being here that's for sure!
So far seeing new things, meeting new people, and learning about other cultures has been so eye opening for me. I love seeing how the other half live! I know these experience will definitely help fuel my creativity once I get home and uncover my sewing nook again. I promise more creative projects to come! In the mean time though I'm going to fill my brain with the sites and sounds of the new and undiscovered. Well, new and undiscovered to me.