When I was in college I used to have that dream of waking up in my Paris apartment with my typewriter in the window waiting for me. The sounds of the early morning shop owners filter through the window as my white lace curtains flutter. I stretch and slowly make my wake to get wash my face and brush my teeth. I might not even change out of my pajamas while I take my stroll down the street to the patisserie for my morning croissants.
Yes, I’ll be that weird little American who’s fashion might be awful 6 days of the week. But I won’t care because I’m sipping on my cafe in the city that inspired millions of artists and writers. I might not even care if I get attitude because they can tell I’m American. In fact, I might even love their city more than they do because they were born there and didn’t fall in love with their own surroundings. The light of the city will still glow in my eyes.
There seems to be a universal rule out there that you have to be a foreigner to appreciate what another country has. They see all the charm a little easier than someone who passes by it every day. Traveler souls give life to cities that have sat there collecting dust. Sometimes, it takes someone who’s not from a place to find it’s beauty.
As a writer, I take time to explore my local surroundings like a pilgrim soul. I get out my Google maps and search for some place new. I revisit places I haven’t been to in a while to see what’s changed. Finding a new writing nook is one of the best boosts. I might not be in my college dream place but I did get my antique typewriter and I’ve learned that the sounds of the early morning traffic is something I don’t mind missing.
Of course, it’s a given that I would take my Paris apartment in a heart beat but that’s looking a little lofty with the current price ranges. Maybe a long trip would help satisfy the urge. My question is where did you picture yourself writing? Are places that inspired you? Let me know in the comments.
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