(Above: Dracula’s Castle, Bran, Romania and Dracula’s writing desk)
In lands pregnant with folklore, filled by mysterious forests, enchanting music and, above all, equally interesting people, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Yes, you packed notebooks of varying sizes, plenty of pencils, a pen or two, and a camera. You kept them (always) in your interior jacket-front pocket. Hiking, driving, on a boat down the Bosporus. (You’d be more upset if your trusty green spiral notebook was pick-pocketed over your passport and so feel for its outline frequently.) While you slept, the items waited not-so-patiently on the hotel nightstand.
And so, now that you’re home, what have you got to show? How many pages did your writing occupy? How many of those notebooks did you pack back away in your suitcase as they quickly filled? How many pencils lost their led at your leaning?
1. Not much.
2. Six small–reporter-pad-sized–pages.
3. Zero notebooks packed back away.
4. Zero mechanical pencils that need re-filling.
But there are moments. Just moments. Somewhere. Everywhere. Written and un-.
(Above: Bookstore, Istanbul, Turkey)