Hey friendly Monstres,
I just returned from a trip to New York with my sister Ellie to visit our amazing friend Helen Victoria who has run away with the circus! Helen has been touring the East Coast of the US for the past year, as a dancer with the Circo Hermano Vazquez, and their final stop was in New York. I was desperate to see my friend do what she does, and Ellie had already booked her flight…so I decided it would be rude not to! We were lucky to be able to stay with Helen in her circus trailer, in The Bronx. It was a bit like Pikey Park, but with more glitter and less 'ard-tech! ;)
It was a real treat to spend so much time together – the three of us probably spent more time together on this trip than we have done in the last 10 years!
I’ve got hundreds of photos to sort through, and I’ll be sharing my favourite ones here on the blog soon. In the meantime, here are some links to articles I’ve been reading and loving recently.
Although Helen tours with the circus, she is actually a professional dancer and choreographer, a writer, great thinker and artist. Her latest post, Clarity And Wombats is a powerful and thought-provoking read.
As Toby and I start packing up our big room in Berlin and preparing to move back into our tiny van home in the Alps, Tammy and Logan are making a much more sensible move, transferring their lives from their tiny home into a small cottage for winter. Read Tammy’s lovely ideas on how she champions simple living, over the dimensions of a home.
My friend Izzy wrote a very entertaining report of our Polish trip together: This Poland Is Making A Big Noise In My Head. It was cool to read about the trip from the perspective of my travel companion, and to re-visit some of the adventures we had. Izzy is contemporary dancer, poet and writer, and her blog Izzabella Necessary encompasses all the great things she is interested in.
Wonderful words and an animation from Brain Pickings about what books do for the human soul.
Artist Cathy McMurray has been playing with her food, and creating stunning mandalas with it.
Language-learning site Babbel challenges you to master (or even attempt!) some of these tongue twisters from around the world. I love their animations of the riddles!
Interviews with two of my favourite questers from Chris Guillebeau’s latest book, The Happiness of Pursuit. Sasha Martin cooked one meal a week from every country in the world, and Tom Allen rode his mountain bike all around the globe!
Over in my Etsy shop, there are still a few days left to grab yourself a half-price Hoop-la in a huge range of beautiful colours. This offer is on until the 31st of October, so now is the time to place an order for you (and a friend!) to keep yourselves cosy in style!
I’ll see you back here soon with tales and photos from New York, New York! X