Thursday, November 12, 2015

le rendez-vous

I've fallen behind on blogging, I know. Moving to a new country and starting a new job is really... time consuming. It's wonderful and frustrating, exciting and challenging. I love Morocco so far, but it sure is taking time to settle in— I had forgotten what it feels like to be new to a place. I seem to have gotten into some kind of rhythm with my students, I've got an art store, some favourite hanouts for veggies, and I have a nut guy. This man is truly a master at roasting nuts.

So the big news of late is that I'm participating in the 16th Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage in Clermont-Ferrand this weekend! It's a wonderful feeling to be one of the carnettistes at the event, showing my Anatolian and Nepali sketches among some of the finest travel books I've seen. Photos will soon follow, but first, my hotel has a bathtub. It has been a long, long time since I've had a tub available to me, and I plan to take full advantage of it.

Here's the trailer for the Rendez-vous— enjoy!


Anonymous said...

YAY! So exciting - maybe someday I'll get there too, now that I've actually been somewhere (Italy) I want to go everywhere - - and Clermont-Ferrand would be a fantastic destination. Looking forward to posts! As always.. :)

Anonymous said...

PS - does this mean you are thinking of putting a book of sketches together?? Put me on the list.

szaza said...

Thanks Sheryl— yes! I am hoping to put something together. One of the many things I have learned from this experience is that I am not drawing enough. Drawing and painting is who I am, and though I love teaching, I am neglecting a huge part of myself by letting my job consume me. So I made a decision after the Rendez-vous to sketch on my lunch breaks (just to keep a regular routine), and to show my students what I've drawn after lunch. So far I've done it once this week, and they have responded better than I expected— I think it's important for students to know that their teachers love what they teach, and that they do what they teach.

I am thinking of putting books together— this is my new dream, and I will definitely keep you posted!