Update | I Have Seen. I Have Done. I Have Thought

Dear fellow Babblers,

To be back in the blogosphere. This is almost too much. I have forgotten how to come back to my keyboard so the fact that I’m here now writing even this much out is already too much. The thought of writing a post! But what fear that creates in me! Who will read? Did anyone even notice I was gone ? What’s changed amongst book reviewers lately ? What’s everyone been reading ? Are we still hung up on Adam Silvera or is there already someone new ? And writing to y’all ? What can, should, do I even do I give a life update that no one really even cares about? I mean, come on, I’m not Selena Gomez here. Well hey, I’m supposedly a book reviewer, right ? So why not write a book review ? Yeah, no. And why ? I really just cannot. There are too many thoughts, feelings, meaningless intentions pulsating in that dark and shallow corner in the back of my mind. I just cannot focus on critiquing any sort of thematics, language, or structure of the world spinning in another writer’s mind. So if this post is not a banal life update or a sophisticated book review, what is all this nonsense doing floating on your screen trying to get across ? Not even I, the thoughtless scribbler behind all of this can give a clear, to-the-professor’s-point response. All I know is I’ve missed writing. I’ve missed interacting with other bloggers. I’ve missed pouring my heart into my keyboard. Being away has brought me back. Fear has kept me away, but nostalgia has lead me back. What I have seen, done, thought in the past three months not writing, whether it be on this platform or another, is what has lead me to discover that writing is one of those hobbies, obsessions, outlets – call it what you will – that give me my spirit, soul – life…

…And so here, for this post is what I have seen, done, thought in the past three months of not writing:  Continue reading “Update | I Have Seen. I Have Done. I Have Thought”

Wanderings: Morocco |

Dear fellow Babblers,

I’ve been gone from internet connection for quite a while now. I recently took a fifteen day solo trip back to Morocco. My first time visiting the country was back in December/January and I fell in love. You can read more on my initial Moroccan vibes here. From the delicately infused tea with just the right amount of sugar, to the maze of endless medinas to the kind and helpful, sometimes aggressive and flirty natives, Morocco is a place unlike anywhere else in the world.  Continue reading “Wanderings: Morocco |”

Wanderings | Paris Behind a Lens

Dear fellow Babblers,

Every few weeks I spend three days in Paris to dream. I come to Paris to dream about dreams, to dream of dreams of dreams. In Paris dreams and art are one. Dreams and art are created on off the other and it’s this coexistence between the two that brings me back to Paris, making it harder and harder for me to leave again each time. I often come to Paris and walk, observe and photograph moments, daily life and the art of the city, becoming a part of my own art. Ever since I’ve moved to France I’ve become increasingly fascinated with the art that I’ve discovered living within all the big touristy sites of Paris, but also even within it’s garbage piles. This post I’m writing off a stream of consciousness to share with all of you my fleeting and lasting impressions of Paris and how I’ve managed to capture the artistic capital of the world behind a lens. Continue reading “Wanderings | Paris Behind a Lens”

Life Update: This & This & That & Wanderings Here & There

Dear fellow Babblers,

It’s been a longgggggg past couple of weeks, let me start off with that kids. I have been from place to place, couch to couch, appointment to appointment, idea to idea. Not to mention I have been without my laptop during this trek, hence my absence from the blogging community. but I’m back and the only reason I am starting my post like this is because I want to let all my fellow babblers out there that I’m back, fully energized and ready to get back in my blogging game! But then I always say that until reality decides to come back around and kick me out again. But until then I thought I just may share my life these past few weeks, what I’ve been reading (this is a book blog after all), as well as where I’ve wandered.  Continue reading “Life Update: This & This & That & Wanderings Here & There”

Wanderings: Morocco | 8 Moroccan Vibes for 16 Days

Dear fellow Babblers,

Morocco. Africa. Sunshine. Hospitality. Cold showers. Adventures. Everything that can be found anywhere else in the world, but just so much more magical. So, so much more. A country of rich history – colonial influence, social disorder, conflict between Berber and “true” Moroccan blood. To anyone living on the Western side of the globe, visiting Morocco or any country on the continent no doubt seems like a far off, close-to-impossible dream. I mean, it did for me. All I knew about Morocco before my recent 9 day stay was what I learned in class as an undergraduate. Well that along with the good graces of Pinterest. Oh and then there’s also all the stories and culture that I’ve been immersed into here in France. Morocco has always been a far away dream of mine, and like many girls raised in LA I’ve been spoiled and given everything I ever wanted in life. Well, everything that comes in boxes and dents in credit cards. But what about adventures, risks and self discovery? Not so much. Looking back on my trek through Morocco only a month ago Morocco both blessed and cursed me. It is everything I ever dreamed and what’s the bad? A stomach churning, belly aching nostalgia that could be described, in short, as Wanderlust. 16 short days. Only 16 days. That’s all it took for me to fall in love with the country. These are the top 8 moments/vibes/experiences that left me feeling tingly, excited and yearning to come back to the place where half my heart still waits.  Continue reading “Wanderings: Morocco | 8 Moroccan Vibes for 16 Days”

Wanderings | Dublin: A Must BE

Dear fellow Babblers,

Welcome back to Wanderings, a project that I’ve embarked on beginning September 2017, upon my big move and lifestyle change from the United States (Los Angeles) to France (Burgundy region). My wanderlust and curiosity has been taking me between cities, cultures, countries and across boundaries. I’ve been challenged and inspired to take risks and never say “no”. And then there’s Dublin. I mean, come on, we all think the same thing at the the mention of this leprechaun, Lucky Charms city. No, not beer you sicko alcoholics. I’m thinking smiles! And with some chucky cheese smiles comes the epiphany “My dreams are coming true!”

I really have no more to say than that, okay, well maybe I do. It’s here in Dublin, with some of the emails and comments that I have been receiving lately due to the tone change in my blog that I realized that I am willing to risk and write as I feel and feel as I writ.e I feel when I travel and that is exactly what I am going to write. So, before we get into all that let me just say that the people in Dublin just “get it…” You get me ? I stayed in Dublin only for three days during my end of the year adventures back in December and if there was something that struck me more than the enchanting castles and sun-up sun-down weather pattern was the kindness and smiles drawn across people’s faces. And that’s why I here to tell y’all grouchy scrooges out there (*ahem* *ahem* EVIN) that if you’re planning a trip to this green and perky city there’s only one thing that you CANNOT even go past security without. And that is a smile.  Continue reading “Wanderings | Dublin: A Must BE”

A Living Survivor | Blogging Announcement

Dear fellow Babblers,

Beginning the new year Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads will undergo a bit of a transformation. Since the launch of my blog back in May I’ve happily gathered a group of about 560 followers that I am so grateful for. I originally began blogging as a way to find out and discover what it was I wanted out of life. I was going through a rather tough time and could we say crisis over what I wanted to upon graduating. It was May at UCLA and students were bright with enthusiasm and hope – faith that they would soon see that six figure salary. There was confidence that that rigorous applied mathematics and microbiology degree that earned them ten years worth of debt would pay off and finally make them fee that they earned a place in the world. Having a Comparative Literature and French degree is pretty interesting, but not much goes beyond that. But that’s wrong. So so so wrong. Art – literature, painting, theater, languages – proves great faith and trust in humanity. A math or science, even politics degree is an accomplishment and never ceases to amaze me, but that’s just not me. Aesthetics has, from a young age always been where my heart has been. However with reality stealing my happiness away from me, I was scared and feared graduation. I had no plans, no ideas, and no call-backs from possible employers. That’w when the idea of a book blog came along and Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads was born. Blogging and communicating virtually with others about books and book trends managed to lift my spirit and give me my voice back. However I still felt a certain void, almost as though I was sitting on the outside and watching the world pass right before me without little more than a wave goodbye. That’s when I discovered the nuance between living and surviving. Staying at home with my cat reading, drinking tea and writing incessantly was keeping my head above the water but it did not send me shooting through the waves. This is why I’m here now, in France, no longer in Los Angeles to announce the opening of my book blog to include such experiences. And which experiences ? Travel – connections with other worlds, peoples and cultures.  Continue reading “A Living Survivor | Blogging Announcement”