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Goodbye! Hello! See you soon!

Goodbye!

I remember one year ago approximately, I wrote an article about me going to Dublin as an Erasmus student. Well, here I am, 12 months later, on the edge of leaving Dublin. I wish I could find the words to describe my experience here, but I am afraid I couldn’t write an article good enough to gather the memories of the past few months. Of course, I can say it was amazing. I could also tell you that I have met wonderful people, seen nice places and most of all, drank a lot of beer and wine. But unfortunately, it would not express the many different feelings overwhelming me. So Dublin, here’s a goodbye. I will be back (if flights are still cheap).

Hello!

Of course, when a chapter ends, a new one starts. I have recently received a reply concerning my application as a French Language Assistant in England for next year, and it was positive. Few days later, I found out that I would probably be in the north of England, in one of these regions (until I am contacted by the school, I cannot be precise) : Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire. I am of course excited about spending a whole new year in England, meeting new people, seeing new places and finally learning about teaching English pupils.

See you soon!

Soon is maybe not the right word. I wanted to talk about a new project I have, and I know that when I talk about my projects on the Internet, I always try to give the best of myself to realize them. Among a few trips on the continent next year (England, Ireland again, Spain, Italy and Germany; let’s hope I will respect my promises), I am planning a one-month trip to Iceland for the summer (of 2015). Checking the prices of the flights, I could easily go for 300-400€ (for a return) during summer. My plan there would be to work in a farm (via the woofing organisation) and try to visit the Icelandic lands as much as I can in a month.
I tell myself that I have a whole year before it will happen but I get really excited just by thinking of it.

If I manage to travel as much as I have said in the article, I promise you nice pictures and some poetry.


Thanks to all of you who followed my adventures in Dublin, I promise you more! (Paris in a few days)

 

ImageProbably my last picture of Dublin on this blog : Killiney Hill

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Project Anonymous : update #2

Very soon, I will publish the results of the test I created for my latest project. I had dozens of answers already and I am really satisfied with the honesty of the replies. I will publish the results in a kind of article (without the journalistic knowledge) joined with several graphics filled with colors.

It is not surprising that many of the answers come from people around me. Even though the test is anonymous, I have moticed a peak of answers fro; France (where I am from) and Ireland (where I live now). I would really love to get some more answers before publishing the stories.

If you are interested in helping me with the project, here is the link :
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gHpXcKRO-NUBNv-3Fa2rU62WoQVWZ0x3itqC8nGnhnk/viewform

It only takes a few minutes.

Thanks!!!

Project #Anonymous

I haven’t been that lazy today. As I had said in my last post, I am working on two projects, and the first one has begun. 

I have created a questionnaire via Google on which I ask private stuff to people, considering that the questionnaire is anonymous, it’s not that bad. I have written the questions in English but if you find it difficult to find the exact word (if your mother tongue is not English), then write it in your own language.

If you find my questionnaire interesting, please share the link on Facebook, Twitter, on your blog or any social media (there are thousands nowadays) in order to help me. Also, I am open to any criticism, suggestions or comments on my questionnaire or on the project itself. 

Here is the link to the questionnaire :
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gHpXcKRO-NUBNv-3Fa2rU62WoQVWZ0x3itqC8nGnhnk/viewform

Utopia #1 : What if there were no money?

Money can’t buy happiness. (But it helps)

A few weeks ago, I started thinking of a project concerning life in general. I tried to focus on several topics in order to organize the study : happiness, love and money. I have asked different questions to people around the world, concentrating first on the theme of money. The question was : “What would you do if there were no money?”.

The developments hereinafter are ideas of several people around the world, mixed up with my conception of what I have been able to see so far. I do not want to make hasty conclusion, everything below is to be seen as conditional.

A society moving back in the country?

During the past century, we had a rural exodus in developed countries. It seems that people moved from the country in order to find a job in factories and access to education. Already, we notice the place of money in the decision of finding a new job when poverty reigns in an overgrowing farming system.

Nowadays, I feel like there has been a change in the perception of what the country is. When at the beginning of the twentieth century it seemed to mean poverty, I have noticed that more and more people go there and build disproportionate houses. If this is real, there would be a move back to the country. It may be because of pollution but my view is that living in a city is more tiring and that thanks to the improvement of means of transport, people can work in cities when they live in the countryside.

Of course, building a house (or even buying one) in the countryside is expensive.

If there was no money, I would like to live in…

The countryside. Many of the replies I got were the same. People tend to aspire to live in the country, and in nature in general. For instance, some people dream about living in a forest (my idea of the perfect home is on a cliff).

Not many people have told me why they would choose a certain place rather than another one. As far as I am concerned, I love the peacefulness of nature, I love the sound of the waves crashing into the rocks. What I think is that people search in nature what they can’t find in cities anymore : tranquility…

But if there were no money, why should I settle somewhere?

I have thought about this question many times. My biggest dream is to travel all over the world and meet thousands of people. Of course, only one aspect (but which is not an insignificant one) prevent me from doing it : the lack of money.

Some people go along with my idea. I received some replies of people whose dreams were to travel over the world and discover. In these long descriptions of their fantasized travel  I have enjoyed reading, they never talked about settling anywhere.

“To live on the road”

“Whether money exists or not, I just want to love and to be loved…”

When I think of the theme of love, several definitions pop up in my mind. Of course, the first one being the existence of a lover. Many people included a “loved person” in their idealized life without money. I cannot myself imagine living in my perfect house in my perfect place without a perfect person to share it with. But many times, I have wondered whether this was necessary or not. I still remain without an answer and I am not sure I will find it. Time will tell.

Other people aspire to a life with their friends, settling somewhere or travelling with them. My opinion is that true love does not only exist with one person, but can be found in friendship, especially a very close one. That’s why I included friends in this section.

In fact, travelling is amazing. Living in the perfect house in the perfect place is too. But I think it is much more amazing when you have people to share your happiness with. I am sure many people would agree with that.

Observing the world

So far, the themes I have tackled are the places where people would settle (or not, for those who dream about travelling) and love.

Very often, people who have told me that they would travel, if money didn’t prevent them from doing it, have added that they would observe the world. Of course, in a world where money reigns, we have to work to survive and sometimes (well, very often) we don’t have time to observe the world around us. Or it may be that we don’t take the time to look what surrounds us. If money did not exist, we would have the time to look. Moreover, we would have another reason to observe the world : to stave off boredom.

Not only (I hope future) travelers have admitted wanting to admire the world. I also got this reply from artists, mostly people interested in photography. These people already do that but they would use the time won (if they didn’t have to work) to devote themselves to photography. Drawers have told me so too.

Reading and writing

It will be the last theme I will talk about for the moment. As other people who have answered the question, I dream about reading and writing in the perfect house in the perfect place, with the perfect people around me. I dream about reading other people’s traveling stories, I dream about writing mine.

There may be no perfect place for me. Just a perfect “home”, on the road.

Why should we wait for money to disappear?

Money may never disappear from our society. There are dreams more or less difficult to realize but as we say : when there’s a will, there’s a way!

Tomorrow, why not take the time to look around you. Look at nature, look at buildings, whatever makes you filled with joy. If you aspire to travel and you feel hold back because of money, why don’t you try to take a bag and walk? These are the things I love to say to myself before I go to bed and they give me hope.

I am not saying that it is easy, but it is not attempting the impossible either.

Sharing your books

Yesterday, a local newspapers from the north of France published an article on a movement that has existed for a long time : bookcrossing. 

The concept : if you want to sort out your bookcase, whether you throw the books away (which is not really useful) or you give them to libraries, friends or strangers. If you want to follow the “trip” of your books, the international website bookcrossing gives you the opportunity to see where your babies are, who’s reading them. Some people like to place the book in a public area, offering it to the first stranger curious enough. The website allows you to print a sticker you can put on the book, which explains that it is not a lost property and that it can be taken home. 

Unfortunately, in the north of France, the cold and humid climate prevents us from abandoning the books on a bench. Therefore, we have taken advantage of a café to keep the books (and this is why the article exists).

The article is in French and it explains the procedure you can find on the bookcrossing website. 

Facebook page I created for the movement (in French) : https://www.facebook.com/levoyagedeslivres

ImagePublished in La Voix du Nord on Feb. 26th 2013, written by Céline Rudz