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I could literally spend hours reading articles on other blogs and staring at other people’s travel photos. But every once in awhile you stumble across something that makes you stop and really think. I came across this Window Seat series by the talented Matt Low posted on Small Sight and Cool Memories this morning and got to thinking… I fly so often – and most of the time to the same places: JFK, Newark, Minneapolis/St Paul, Seattle, London, Amsterdam, Brussels – that I’m not sure what I look like as a passenger. I’d like to think I look like those polished, non-hassled folk you sometimes see waltzing onto the plane, smiling at their neighbours and settling into a book for a few hours. But I’m pretty sure I’m the ornery traveler who has no patience for slow people at security, completely anti-social, with a scowl on her face who just wants to get there.

These photos make me want to slow down the next time I fly. To take time to look out the window and realise that its still pretty amazing that we can travel as far and as fast as we can. My expat life wouldn’t be the way it is without flying. Perhaps I should appreciate it a little more…

Matt’s photography is gorgeous. Please take a minute to visit his site here.

Happy weekend all,

x J

It has been rather rainy this week, during which I had some great news and some hard news. I won’t be going home for Christmas this year, which is a bit difficult because a) I will miss my family to bits and b) it is the one time of year I get fully behind American excess. But I know it will be wonderful none-the-less and more on that to come.

In other news (drumroll please) I might be going to South Africa!! I have always wanted to go and especially after D’s good friends from there visited Europe last year. In a moment of pre-emptive overexcitement I already bought a guidebook and cracked as soon as I saw pictures of “the big five” (zebras, giraffes, lions, rhinos and elephants) along with whale watching and some shots of Table Mountain. Not to mention the vineyards in Stellenbosch… or Kruger National Park …. and now I’ve worked myself up again and have to go look at some more pictures.

I leave you with so many links!! This week was one giant overload of gorgeousness.

Have a great weekend

Xx J

Super

– The people over at Guinness are geniuses. Not sure what this video has to do with beer, but it is absolutely adorable

– Much of this mirrors my own thoughts on turning 31

– Claire Danes is awesome.

– Garance Dore interviews my idol

– Might need to read this.

– I wish more people thought like this. Take the time to read this one.

– Grace Coddington has a memoir??

– A new favorite travel guide

– Super cool new MOOD magazine pairs food and music advice. And its creators are from Brussels!

Pretty

– Obsessed with this London-based website.

– A fabulous blog with a  fabulous Jimmy Choo photo shoot in Antwerp

– An Audrey Hepburn lookbook

– Does one need safari notepads when one actually goes on safari? Who cares, they are adorable.

– I’ve got nothing to wear

– Kate Spade + Coffee table book = Jessica wants it

– Oh good lord I want to stay here

Funny

– Take incredible photos!

– The grumpiest cat you will ever see

– No one wants to be this poor guy.

– Funny name for what is probably an awesome restaurant

PS – I am losing touch with my French so the photo above is from the movie I plan to watch this weekend: Les Parapluies de Cherbourg

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