posted by Vicki in Dot Dot Dot
The end of November saw a long holiday so I found this as a chance to go on a quick weekend escape to Clark Freeport, Pampanga, a former American naval and military base turned recreation hotspot here in the Philippines. My traveling companions were my 10-year old son Enzo, my girl friend Sarah and her 7-year-old daughter Chloe. None of us had been to Clark together and it marked a really wonderful weekend trip bonding with each other in a new environment.
While shopping at the Duty Free store – which is always part of the itinerary while in Clark,– I happened to find these black and white composition notebooks that I used to have when I was child growing up in Los Angeles. Wow – did they bring back memories! I’m sure you have seen these in movies or found them written about in coming of age books like Judy Blume (if you were a child in the 80’s, like me!). Sarah and I ended up buying the whole lot of them.
I gave one to Enzo and told him that it was his journal – to write thoughts in, to record travel memories and whatever he felt like writing. It is my way of taking him off the iPad and to actually write something down that doesn’t have anything to do with school. Now that he is learning about blogging in school, I showed him The Gypsetters as my new travel diary and I told him I used to keep old train tickets, flyers from museums and playbills and scrapbook them to remember my trips abroad. For a more “adult-looking” travel diary, I love this old school Adventure Log I found on the manly website Cool Material. It reminds me of something out of a Wes Anderson movie! Can’t you just imagine it as part of a scene where Owen Wilson or Adrien Brody is furiously scribbling in?
How do you journal your travel memories? Watch out for Enzo’s cute first guest blog on our adventure to Clark in an upcoming post!
May all your gypsetting dreams come true,
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We are two friends who were former magazine editors. Having moved onto other things, we both realized that the creative flow the publishing world used to offer us was missing from our lives. Armed with a common love of travel to the exotic and familiar, a penchant for the bohemian, an obsession with food and a lust for writing, we decided to collaborate our unique and fashionable journeys through life together in one passion project.
We are The Gypsetters.