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My name is Candace, I’m a writer, sketch artist, and illustrator, and I’m glad you stopped by. Have a look around, or drop me a line at [email protected] Thank you for reading!

Travel photo essay: Street art in Sasseri.

Travel photo essay: Street art in Sasseri.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011

“Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring…Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall – it’s wet.” — Banksy, Wall and Piece […]

Let it be Sardinia.

Let it be Sardinia.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011

“Where then? Spain or Sardinia. Spain or Sardinia. Sardinia, which is like nowhere. Sardinia which has no history, no date, no race, no offering. Let it be Sardinia.” — D.H. Lawrence, Sea and Sardinia Right after my flatmate Claire and I first booked our flights to Sardinia, I typed something, who knows what, into Google, and whatever it […]

Photo of the day: Terra cotta panorama.

Photo of the day: Terra cotta panorama.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011

“As they went up between the houses that were dark and grisly under the blank, cold sky, it is amazing how these women of vermilion and rose-pink seemed to melt into an almost impossible blare of colour. What a risky blend of colours!” — D.H. Lawrence, Sea and Sardinia Some places have a way of […]

In search of the wild dala.

In search of the wild dala.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011

“My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” — Diane Arbus Little Sweden USA. It’s an unusual title to hear no matter where you happen to be in the States, but perhaps even more so in a place like Kansas. But such is the claim to fame held by Lindsborg, a little town […]

Why I blog.

Why I blog.

Posted on Jan 15, 2011

“A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list.” — Unknown I never thought I’d be a blogger. I can remember, ‘back in the day’ of Xanga and the like, when the thought of blogging seemed like nothing more than a glorified diary…only put out […]

Sunday roast on the Thames.

Sunday roast on the Thames.

Posted on Jan 12, 2011

“The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love, like being enlivened with champagne.” — Samuel Johnson I always pride myself on being a good expat. Whatever my adopted country may be at the time, I aim to become a student of its culture, soaking up the new traditions, […]

Chicago as a holding room: Making the most of a twelve-hour layover.

Chicago as a holding room: Making the most of a twelve-hour layover.

Posted on Jan 8, 2011

“I give you Chicago. It is not London and Harvard. It is not Paris and buttermilk. It is American in every chitling and sparerib. It is alive from snout to tail.” — H. L. Mencken Chicago will forever be Paris to my parents. “We’ll always have Chicago,” I imagine them saying to each other. Their […]

Wanna go to Mexico?

Wanna go to Mexico?

Posted on Jan 5, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve made an audio slideshow, but today I came across more great examples on my favorite travel writing website, World Hum–inspiring slideshows like Abbie Kozolychk’s “The Family Jewels” and an older one I just discovered, Doug Mack’s Not-So-Flattering Views of Famous European Landmarks. I love the way the slideshows let […]

Year in review: My top ten places in 2010.

Year in review: My top ten places in 2010.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011

“No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam.” — Charles Lamb As we move further into 2011, I wanted to not only take the time to look back on the […]