Artful inspiration by Patchwork Compass. Quote by Dan Zadra.
Nurturing an abiding love for Latin America, I've traded big city lights for sunshine and grapes in Mendoza, Argentina. A perennial traveler and writer, I'm inspired by locals, culture and creativity. This is my patchwork.
by Nora Walsh
"It is better to travel well than to arrive."
May this year bring you abundant heath, serene bliss and inspiring journeys near and far. Have a very Happy New Year. Safe travels!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It blows Christmas out of the water. Primarliy because it’s not a highly commercalized holiday convincing you to buy “stuff” as a demonstration of love.
It also trancends religous differences. It’s a time we carved out as a society to gather with loved ones to reflect and give thanks. Plus, the smell of burning firewood on a crisp night and feasting on my mother’s homemade butternut squash soup and stuffing brings me unequivocal joy.
I came across this virtual pin and I fully support its sentiment. Shower those around you with time and love, they’re the most precious gift you can give.
Have a very happy Thanksgiving.
El Mercadito is my favorite restaurant in Mendoza thus far. It’s the one place that I can find delicious green juice and a variety of gourmet salads. Most restaurants in Mendoza offer a menu of milanesas, empanadas, pizza, pastas and beef; anything leafy and green is a novelty. I also love the antique-garage decor and its outdoor patio. It’s not cheap, but it lives up to its value proposition of “friendly & fresh”. Arístides 521, Tel. 4638847
In August, we flew from a cold winter in Mendoza to summer at the Jersey Shore.
In October, we left 30 degree temperatures in New York to greet the dry spring heat in Mendoza.
It’s a lovely feeling to step off a plane and feel the warmth on your skin when you’ve been bundled up for months. It reminds me of winter vacations in Florida when I was a child.
A summer chaser, I decided, is what I want to be when I grow up.
Venice may be for lovers, but it turns out Wroclaw has the key to romance. Couples searching for eternal love need not look further than the Tumski Bridge, which connects Ostrow Tumski and Wyspa Piaskowa. All you need to do is buy a padlock, color it with your initials, hook it to a steel barrier on the bridge and toss your key into the bottom of the Odra River. You are locked lovers forever after. Easy peasy.
If you are just looking for a good ole fashion steamy travel romp, Wroclaw’s got that covered too. You can grab a can of Black Sex Energy in most grocery stores. We’re not quite sure if it’s labeled black because you turn dark and sadistic after drinking its contents, or it’s just their favorite color. We leave it to you to discover. Isn’t that the fun of travel anyway?
Wroclaw has a rampant gnome population proliferating like wildfire. You’ll spot around 180 of them throughout the city in public parks, doorways, street corners, alleyways and in local shops. The gnomes were born during the 1980’s as an anti-establishment symbol created by the "Orange Alternative" movement – an underground protest movement against the communist regime, which used absurdity and nonsense to stage peaceful, yet subversive protests.
The gnomes were originally a graffiti calling card, but in the early 2000’s statuettes were commissioned to celebrate the history of the Orange Alternative. Local artists began producing the gnomes, which were publicly planted around town, and shortly after, businesses began displaying the iconic munchkins as a sign of Wroclaw pride. If you find yourself on a geocaching gnome hunt in Wroclaw and are hankering for some helpful hints, check out this website: www.krasnale.pl.
Below is a graffiti reference to George Orwell’s infamous communist pig, Napoleon, in his 1945 novel Animal Farm.
If you are not securing eternal love, having sex or gnome hunting in Wroclaw, there is always a good reason to start a revolution.
Written by Nora Walsh, Photography by Sarah York Rubin
Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.