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Travel Writing

This morning, while I was on my walk, I remembered a project that I was going to do. I was listening to The October Country by Ray Bradbury when the idea struck me. The short story in this collection was The Wind. One of the characters of that story was a travel writer.

The moment, the narator mentioned it, everything sort of clicked. I had been working on a project before life got all messy with COVID and stuff. And the project was a travel book about London and Paris. I already started the project and posted on the website.

Though, I have very fond memories of that trip, it was horrifying trip. The scariest part of the trip happened the first night. 

What happened was, the owner of the bed and breakfast I had booked for half the trip told me that he no longer does the bed and breakfast. I walked through the rough streets of Islington looking for a place to stay that night. I found a hotel, but because it was same day booking, it cost 150 quid. While there, someone pointed me to Travelodge, where I booked the rest of my stay in London. Where I stayed at in Oxford, Cambridge and Paris were all fine.

The lesson I learned was, do your research if you are going to book your own rooms. Going back to London, I would contact Travelodge at King’s Cross and book over the phone instead of online. If you have booked a bed and breakfast, make sure you keep in contact with the owner through email.

So my thought on this project is: I will write essay narratives, like the ones I posted on the website. Then if there is a place or a food that I want to write about, I will write a paragraph or two about that place or food. Like I went to Black Sheep Coffee. I would write a little section about that coffee house. Then I can also write a section or two on baguettes.

And, I can include the pictures I took. With luck, I can make this project into a 150 page book.

Anyway, it’s a project I plan on finishing in the next few months.


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