All posts tagged: travel

When in Paris

“Paris was a universe whole and entire unto herself, hollowed and fashioned by history; so she seemed in this age of Napoleon III with her towering buildings, her massive cathedrals, her grand boulevards and ancient winding medieval streets–as vast and indestructible as nature itself. All was embraced by her, by her volatile and enchanted populace thronging the galleries, the theaters, the cafes, giving birth over and over to genius and sanctity, philosophy and war, frivolity and the finest art; so it seemed that if all the world outside her were to sink into darkness, what was fine, what was beautiful, what was essential might there still come to its finest flower. Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her–and the waters of the Seine, contained and beautiful as they wound through her heart; so that the earth on that spot, so shaped by blood and consciousness, had ceased to be the earth and had become Paris.” – Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire Advertisements

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Are We Collecting The Moments or Losing Them?

Taking pictures all the time turns you into an observer. It automatically takes you out of the moment… For our trip to Venice I wanted to be in the moment, with Jack. But, instead of kissing on the gondola, Jack took 48 pictures on the gondola… Instead of holding hands walking across Piazza San Marco, Jack took 72 pictures of Piazza San Marco. (Marion, ‘2 Days in Paris (2007)’) Taking thousands of photos nowadays, are we collecting the moments? Or are we actually losing them? Btw, I love this movie and definitely gave it 5 stars. It’s funny and smart and makes me think that maybe If I were given a chance to hang out and talk with Julie Delpy, we would like each other and could be good friends. I also think that it is actually the romantic comedy version of ‘Before Sunset’ (minus Ethan Hawke). You guys should watch it, if you haven’t.

Mungkin Kita Memang Kampungan dan Harus Jalan-Jalan ke Luar Negeri Untuk Belajar Beberes Meja Setelah Makan

Dua hari yang lalu saya membaca sebuah artikel soal turis Indonesia yang nggak membereskan meja setelah makan di restoran yang kemudian menjadi viral (artikel lainnya di sini). Saya nggak kaget kalau orang Indonesia melakukan hal ini. Saya malahan kaget waktu tau kalau katanya banyak sekali yang berkomentar kalau turis-turis Indonesia tersebut kampungan. Setau saya, kecuali di IKEA, orang Indonesia nggak pernah ‘dipaksa’ membereskan meja mereka setelah makan di restoran. Bukannya saya mau membenarkan kelakuan tersebut, namun faktanya orang Indonesia memang terbiasa dengan sumber daya manusia yang ‘berlimpah’ baik jumlahnya, waktunya dan tenaganya. Selalu ada tenaga kerja yang bisa dibayar dan salah satu tugasnya adalah untuk membereskan jejak makan para pelanggan baik di meja maupun di lantai. Saya pribadi biasanya bebersih ‘seadanya’ dengan tissue yang tersedia lalu menumpuk alat makan yang terpakai untuk menghemat beberapa detik waktu milik pramusaji yang akan membereskan meja kami. Yah, setidaknya walau nggak sampai beres (biasanya karena memang nggak selalu tersedia tempat sampah yang dedicated atau rak untuk mengembalikan baki dan peralatan makan) tapi nggak berantakkan banget lah. Beberapa kali saya mendapat komentar, “Biarin aja lah, Put.” Bahkan pernah saya diledek, “Sekalian …