Welcome to the Great Affair!

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!

Welcome! My name is Candace and I’m a 28-year-old writer, sketch artist, and illustrator. I love telling stories about the world – be it through words or watercolors.

Candace Rose Rardon

 

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
– Joseph Campbell

Six years ago, I reluctantly took Campbell’s advice. I let go of the life I had planned and opened myself to the myriad possibilities the world has to offer. While the thought of stepping off the edge of a safe existence into the unknown was a bit terrifying, I also had a feeling that something incredible awaited me if I could take a leap of faith.

Life has been a crazy adventure ever since.

Welcome to The Great Affair

That leap of faith I just mentioned? It’s exactly what this blog is all about. I’ve been writing The Great Affair since 2008, ever since I first launched myself into the unknown (more on that soon). Although it’s now evolved into part-blog, part-portfolio, my vision for the site remains unchanged.

Through the stories and sketches I share here, I hope you’ll fall in love with the world and the myriad possibilities it offers.

I hope you’ll be inspired to take your own leap of faith.

I hope you’ll live life to its fullest.

The name of the blog itself comes from the following quote:

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I first came across Stevenson’s words on a magnet in the Art Institute of Chicago’s bookshop. It was my senior year of university and the only traveling I’d done up to that point had involved family roadtrips on the East Coast of the US.

Even still, the quote spoke to me like a yet-understood language on ancient parchment.

The great affair is to move.

As I rolled the phrase across my tongue, it conjured up images of a worn-down bus winding its way through lush, jungled hills; of a ferry plying the waters of a gray churning sea; of a train barreling across the countryside. Anything, really, that takes us from here to there and back again.

But beyond the literal action of a trip, about where we travel or how we got there, it seemed to speak of the spirit behind the movement – the why. That insatiable desire for newness and adventure, for different air and foreign sounds, for a journey.

The great affair of creating a life worth living – and of writing for ourselves a story worth telling.

Candace Rose Rardon

Just a few of the [mis]adventures I’ve gotten myself into: making four-legged friends and shooting a bow and arrow in Orissa, driving an auto-rickshaw 2,000 miles across India, hiking the Shodoshima 88-Temple Circuit in Japan, and celebrating Thanksgiving at a wedding in Delhi.

My story

I’ve always wanted to travel. Although I never traveled outside the US growing up, something in me still knew it wanted more – that twitch they call wanderlust. While studying English in college (not the most practical of degrees, I now realize), I was as lost and directionless as they come. Did I want to be a songwriter? An editor? A teacher? One April afternoon in 2008, I ultimately decided I would regret not seeing the world more than anything else. With just a month to go before graduation, two friends offered me a serendipitous invitation: “Candace, come to London with us.” Little did I know how much those six words would change my life.

I was soon writing about my wanderlust. Like with traveling, I’d always wanted to be a writer. The thing is, I have no imagination and am thus a terrible fiction writer. But not long after I left London and moved to New Zealand, something made me google “Masters in Travel Writing.” Not only did such a program exist, but it was offered by a university back in London. Instantly, I knew that was the path for me. I could write with the tools and techniques of fiction, but didn’t have to make stories up – a brilliant compromise. My writing has now appeared in places like BBC Travel, AOL Travel, National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel blog, and World Hum, and I’m also at work on an illustrated memoir called Here and Now.

But then I started sketching on the road. You know how right when you think you’ve figured things out, life throws a wrench in the works? The wrench in my case was a very good one, but still unexpected. I’ve loved to paint since even before I loved to write, but it was only three and a half years ago that I brought a sketchbook and watercolors with me on a trip – a weekend jaunt to Portugal while I was studying in London. Sketching and illustration have now become a big part of what I do. I’ve sketched my way through more than 25 countries, been featured in The New York Times as a sketch artist, and published a book of sketches and stories from Southeast Asia and Japan.

It turns out Joseph Campbell is right. When we get out of our own way and let life do its thing, magic happens. In the last six years, I’ve volunteered on a Tahitian black pearl farm, bathed an elephant in Nepal, bagged groceries in New Zealand, solo-hiked a 220-mile pilgrimage through rural Turkey, crashed a Berber picnic in Morocco, and driven an auto-rickshaw 2,000 miles across India – where I’ve also lived and left a significant part of my heart. More importantly, writing, sketching, and traveling are now inextricably linked for me – I couldn’t imagine doing one without the others. It’s at the point of convergence between these three worlds that I finally found my path and my passion:

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Where life and work collide

When I was 14 years old, I kept an art journal. As I was homeschooled at the time, the journal largely consisted of rather banal life updates and quick sketches of household knick-knacks, but there was also the occasional colored pencil drawing of something I’d seen in a magazine. On January 29, 2001 – exactly ten years to the day before that fateful sketching trip to Portugal – I copied a picture from a 1959 issue of National Geographic. It showed a man with his head bowed before a mosque, hands clasped behind his back and prayer beads in his fingers. Above the drawing, I wrote these words:

I want to try and expand my artistic horizons further.

If you had told me then just how far my horizons would one day expand – if you had told me that 13 years later, I would sketch a man in Turkey as he walked down a cobbled street in Kütahya, hands clasped behind his back and prayer beads in his fingers – I would not have believed you. The thought of traveling the world and earning a living doing watercolors on-location (i.e. not from a magazine) would have been inconceivable to me then. It would have been so far outside the realm of what I thought possible in life as to be laughable. But that’s how the universe works, isn’t it? Revealing it all to us in time – poco a poco, piece by piece.

In the past year, I’ve worked on an exciting variety of illustration projects – hand-drawn maps, custom sketch headers for blogs, editorial illustrations for magazines and websites, whimsical renderings of homes and favorite places, and even personal commissions. If you’re interested in hiring me for a project you have in mind, feel free to check out my sketching portfolio and visit my Etsy shop – I’d love to hear from you!

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Sketching on-location in Saigon, Vietnam, with a lovely local college student named Hà Mã.

Five little facts about me

Just so we’ve really gotten to know each other, there’s a few more things you should know:

  • I am hopelessly smitten with Wes Anderson.
  • My favorite food is Mexican. Give me some guacamole and a mango margarita and I will love you forever (but not as much as Wes).
  • I get my middle name (Rose) from my paternal grandfather, Webb Rose Rardon.
  • There are only three things in life that I hate: cats, dentists, and musicals. Please don’t think less of me.
  • I collect postcards, foreign beer labels, and found playing cards. I’m still looking for the queen of spades.

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A brief note on ads and sponsored content

The Great Affair is the online home of my writing and sketching portfolio, so that means everything you read here will have been written by yours truly only. And that’s a promise. I’m grateful to earn enough through freelancing and sketching commissions that this blog does not accept advertising of any kind, be it paid links, banner ads, or sponsored posts. I also don’t accept press trips, so know that all journeys documented here for your reading pleasure have been self-funded. Lastly, a few links to books and products on Amazon may be affiliate links, but this costs you nothing extra.

Get in touch

Now that I’ve shared my story, I’d love to hear yours – to get in touch, send me an email at [email protected] or a message through the contact page. And feel free to join me elsewhere on the interweb:

Thank you for visiting! I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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  • http://readersheaven.net ReadersHeaven

    Hi, nice to meet you !

  • http://heartmutter.wordpress.com Ty

    Its crazy when you find out someone you know (or have meet once in a few fleeting days) is a blogger. And a good one at that. Your in my reader looking forward to your future posts!

  • http://www.iexplorepakistan.com Danial Shah

    Glad to see you are doing Masters in travel writing :) such a diversified field. I am a travel photographer and might end up in studying travel writing too :)

  • NJ

    Hi,
    I love your travel expierences, I just wanna know how do you manage your expenses.Travelling requires a lot of money.How do you arrange money for travelling.
    I love travelling too and would like to explore the world on my own.But the only question that comes in my mind is how to manage travel expense and all.Kindly let me know as mush as you can share..

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Hi NJ! Thanks very much for taking the time to visit my blog and leave a comment. I’m glad you stopped by! Yes–money is definitely an issue when it comes to traveling, and I’d love to help anyway I can. I’ve actually got some ideas/tips that I will put up in a post in the next week or two–keep an eye out for it! :)

  • http://sparkpunk.com Zak

    Your article on travel sketching prompted a visit to your website, and I’ve really enjoyed reading more of your writing!

    Glad to see you’re a fan of the Adventurists, too…I’ll be joining them in September for the Mototaxi Junket in Peru (if I can find teammates, that is).

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Hey Zak! Great to see you here too, and thanks for taking the time to check out my blog :) I’m pretty jealous you’ll be heading to Peru…the Mototaxi Junket and the Mongol Rally are both on my travel bucket list for the next couple of years. Hope you’re able to put a team together, it looks like an amazing adventure!

  • http://sparkpunk.com Zak

    Again, I can’t help but show my support for your sketchbook post on Matador, which proved to be the foundation for this article: http://matadornetwork.com/goods/what-gear-do-i-need-to-start-graphic-design/

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Hey Zak! Sorry to just reply to this, but I loved your piece on Matador — especially the final bit about knowing your worth as a designer. I think this is one of the greatest challenges any artist/writer/etc faces…sticking up for what our skills are worth. Thanks again for the kind words on my sketchbook piece, here’s to an epic year of creating.

  • http://iheartcharmcity.wordpress.com Jen

    oooh, i’m loving the new website updates miss candace rose…love the new front photo of you :) i haven’t even read the email sitting in my inbox from you yet so better get to that. can’t wait to see you tomorrow!

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Hello, my friend! So glad to hear you like the new look…I’ve spent the week working hard on it, still trying to figure out some kinks behind the scenes, but I decided the new year meant a new change and look :) Can’t wait to see you tomorrow…and hopefully we’ll get to brainstorm about new ideas for I <3 Charm City too!

  • http://www.sarahsomewhere.com Sarahsomewhere

    I really identify with your ideas on travel. I mean, why do we love to travel? It’s surely not just about seeing things, but about (like you say) moving, going, growing and changing. The excitement, the unknown and often the discomfort reminds us we’re alive, and at the moment I just can’t get enough of it. Look forward to reading more, already feeling very inspired by your blog. :)

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Thank you so much, Sarah! It’s wonderful to “meet” you here, I love connecting with other writers and travelers online :) And thank you for your thoughts on travel as well. I also believe the discomforts of travel, both physically and emotionally, have such a powerful effect on us, pushing us to new limits and places in both our minds and the world. I’m looking forward to following along your blog as well!

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  • http://aisjournal.com sajib

    Hi! I just tweeted to you about coming to Bangladesh. I’ve always been jealous of travelers who I think enjoy their life at its best. I’m sure can’t be one, but I’m more of a writer, blogger and aspiring photographer, both of which seem to have been mastered by you.

    I’m glad to be on your blog. If you got some time, check out my blog also. Hope you’ll like it. :-)

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Thanks for saying hello, Aminul! It’s always great to hear from new readers :) I so wish I could visit Bangladesh this year – unfortunately I didn’t realize the visa requirements, so it’s not in my budget just yet…one day! I really appreciate you stopping by my blog, though – while I’m definitely not a master of either writing or photography, they are my passion and I love sharing stories about the world with others. Your blog sounds quite interesting as well, I look forward to following it!

  • http://ronawrites.wordpress.com Rona

    Hey Candace, Wow I love your blog. I recently deleted two of my blogs and started a new one, hopefully this one will be more like I imagined it. I’m still learning. I love to travel too. I am in South Korea at the moment.

    But anyway the reason for this comment, I was wondering if you knew who that song was by that is in the video in your “about me” section. I am obsessed but I can’t find it anywhere. :(

    Please help!

    Much love and light dear girl.
    Rona

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Hey Rona! Thanks so much for your comment and for taking the time to check out The Great Affair – I always love hearing from new readers :) Korea sounds like quite the adventure – I just checked out your blog and hope your new teaching endeavors go well there!

      And about the song – it’s actually one of my own, so I’m really glad you like it. I used to be really into songwriting, and you can check it out here on my old MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/thecandacerose

      Thanks again for saying hello, and I hope to see you here again soon!

  • http://ronawrites.wordpress.com Rona

    Awesome thank youuuu <3 I am on here all the time :)

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      That’s great to hear, Rona! I really appreciate you stopping by :)

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  • Ines

    Hello :)

    You seem like a kindred spirit so I thought I would post to say so :) I was really struck with your comment that ..”…and most importantly, on the move.” – Yes, I completely agree…to move, to go, to be heading somewhere, anywhere, to see what it may hold, to feel consciously alive in the world – is, to me, such an essential part of life.

    Your blog is very nice – positive and hopeful. I really like the quotes – it reminds me of some – one of my favorites is by Rudyard Kipling “Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look behind the Ranges – Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go!” – and another by Emma Goldman – “If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution”.

    Where do you still plan to go to? Everywhere? Is there anywhere you would love to see that you haven’t yet? I have known quite a few travel writers (for rough guide etc) over the years – although they had to write about certain areas. I love to travel as well (and am also North American :) – I work in the aid/development field (am a Dr/PhD)- grew up in 6 countries, lived/worked in 11 and have travelled to over 50…and about to move overseas again so the adventure continues :) There’s nothing better than holding a ticket in your hand and standing in the airport ready to go (or the train station, or the bus station, etc!)

    Your post on Leopald’s cafe is what brought me here..I used to work/live in Kerala and (re)reading Shantaram is filling me with an urge to be back in India again. Leopald’s sounds like a great place to get some Chai (and from the pics it looks like it’s benefited from being in the book – going by all the copies on the counter!) it reminds me of Vesuvio Cafe and Cafe Trieste in San Francisco. If you like Shantaram – and you don’t mind recommendations? – try “Holy Cow” by Sarah Macdonald, “Danzinger’s Travels” by Nick Danziger, “Misadventures in the Middle East” by Henry Hemming, “Full tilt” by Dervla Murphy or “Himalayan Odyssey” by Parker Antin..or non-travel books like “Red Earth and Poring Rain” by Vikram Chandra is great, as is “Mountains beyond Mountains” by Tracey Kidder.

    Good luck with your travels and here are some more great pearls of wisdom and truth – if you don’t know them already :)

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

    and one of my all time favorites –

    “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Hello Ines! I can’t thank you enough for saying hello here – it’s wonderful to hear from you. There’s a lot to love in your comment, so I’m not quite sure where to start! Thank you so much for your book recommendations, I am definitely adding them to my list – and a friend of mine gave me “Holy Cow” last year, so I will try to finally get to that one :)

      It’s amazing to hear a bit of your background – that must’ve really been something to have grown up in six different countries. Which ones were they? In terms of where I’d love to go that I haven’t, let’s just say there aren’t a lot of places I don’t want to go :) But most of all, I would love to go to Mongolia, Antarctica, and Easter Island – anywhere in South America, really. How about yourself?

      Lastly, thanks so much for the quotes you shared – the one from Rudyard Kipling especially strikes a chord. As you might have noticed on the blog, I have quite a thing for quotes so I’m glad to have a few more to add to my list of favorites :) Thanks again for writing, Ines, and I hope to see you again on The Great Affair soon!

      • http://www.idevps.com Ines

        Hi Candace,

        Thanks for responding :) Funny, Easter Island is on of my top places to see as well – have wanted to go ever since I read ‘Fatu Hiva’, ‘Aku Aku’ and ‘The Kontiki Expedition’ in my late teens (all by Thor Heyerdhal the famous Norwegian ethnographer) although only Aku Aku is specifically about Easter Island. They are great books – The Kontiki Expedition is the most famous although Fatu Hiva is my favorite – it’s a cross between an ethnography and an adventure/travel book – really worth reading.

        I grew up mainly in the Middle East, and parts of Europe. I’ve never been to the South Pacific and it’s a region I’d love to visit! I have done some work in South America (micro credit work with amerindians near Amazon) but I would love to really explore the whole continent – especially Venezuela, Ecuador and Chile. I have some friends that work in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey, main info I hear is that it’s very cold! ;) I haven’t been to Mongolia but I would like to visit – have spent time in China, and tried to get into Tibet years ago from Nepal – but the borders were closed unfortunately.

        You mention that you did the Rickshaw run – what was that like? I’ve always thought it would be amazing (if crazy) to the Dakar Rally!

        Glad you liked the quotes :)

        Happy travels!!

        • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

          Hi again, Ines! Thanks for more great book recommendations…they are now on the list. I loved my time in the South Pacific, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy them. It’s great to hear a bit more about your background as well – very interesting! The Rickshaw Run was quite the adventure – what I really loved the most though was just getting to explore India on such a ground level. Here’s an article I recently wrote about the Run, in case you’re interested: http://selamtamagazine.com/stories/joy-ride-rickshaw I definitely recommend the trip! Thanks again for saying hello and I hope to see you here again :)

  • ned

    Wow. I thought you were just the hot photographer from the Rickshaw Run!? Why wasn’t I told you had all these extra talents?!? Hmm? Why??

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      I’m a girl of many talents, Ned ;) In all seriousness, though, thanks for stopping by here, and it was great to see you in Singapore last weekend!

  • http://www.travel-hunter.org Mario

    Yooohoo!

    I just finish my masters in tourism but I even didn’t know “outside” Europe it’s a possibility to do it in travel writting.
    Cool blog design, I fell in love with the world too and guess what, I’m not giving up. But I like sharing ;)

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Thanks for saying hello, Mario! Big congrats on just finishing your masters – I definitely understand how great a feeling it is to finally be done :) Any idea what you’ll be up to now that you’ve graduated?

  • http://AugustTPhotography.com August Michel

    I am friends with Alex and Lisa of 2people1life.com and any link they share I check out and just loved reading more about you and your adventures! It has taken me too long to finally pursue my lifes dream of being a photographer and now that I am there is one thing missing and that is more travel. If you have a few minutes to reach out to me via email, I have a few questions I would like to ask and gain a little more insight.
    Thanks,
    August

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Hello, August! Thanks so much for stopping by here via Alex and Lisa – it was an honor to be featured next to them in the NY Times on Sunday! Huge congrats on pursuing your dream of being a photographer – I can definitely imagine how thrilling that must be :) Thanks so much for your email the other day, I’ll be replying to that soon!

  • Prasad

    You have a beautiful website, and a great love! i like ur passion for the thing u love, an i must say u have executed it well in this travel log! I am just starting to get some business ideas in the way u have done things here… i am impressed! Am bookmarkin you!

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Thank you, Prasad! Your kind words mean a great deal, and I look forward to seeing you here again :)

  • http://journalost.wordpress.com Cris

    Hullo.. you are living the dream life of many like me. Wish I took the bold step you did all those years ago… Great to read your blog :-).

    Cheers from India.

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Thanks for saying hello, Cris! I’m definitely grateful for the experiences I’ve had so far in life, but most of all I love encouraging others to take those bold steps you mentioned :) Hope to see you here again!

  • http://www.fitgirltravels.com Jeanette Marie

    Just discovered your blog and sketches – beautiful!!!

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      I’m so glad the internet sent you this way today, Jeanette! Hope to see you here again :)

  • paulfrancis

    Note to self. This blog provides further reason to keep away from Yanks while travelling.

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, Paul – and I’m sure the world is big enough to ensure you never have to cross paths with us! God forbid, right? :)

  • http://www.slowbutsteadytraveler.com/ Sonya B

    Nice to meet you! I’m glad to have stumbled upon your blog. It stands out to me as a blog of substance and I like the way you write. Plus homemade pictures! I can only dream of being able to personally capture places the way you do.

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Nice to meet you as well, Sonya! Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m really glad you enjoy the stories and sketches, and hey – just try taking a sketchbook with you on your next trip…you never know how it will go :)

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  • http://peacelovegiraffes.com Nicole Ehrlich

    Hi Candace! I am new to blogging and while doing a little research on refining my niche, I stumbled upon your blog through a NY Times article. So glad I did! Your sketches are BEAUTIFUL and your posts are very well written. Will be subscribing for sure and might even take out my colored pencils and attempt a sketch! Just thought you should know you are inspiring aspiring bloggers! :)

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      It’s great to hear from you, Nicole! Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my blog and explore some of its posts. I so appreciate your kind words and am thrilled to think that you’ve been inspired to start sketching. It has definitely changed the way I travel and helps me connect with people on the road, so I really hope you’ll give it a try! Thanks again for visiting, and please stay in touch :)

  • http://www.courtneysglobaltable.com Courtney

    Wow, just stumbled upon your blog and got sucked in for a few hours. I love your writing style and your wanderlust. I, too, have wanderlust and just started a blog to document some of it. Your writing is so inspiring! (And by the way, how did I not know there was a Masters in Travel Writing? I keep putting off additional education because I couldn’t find anything that excited me. I may just have!)

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Thanks so much for saying hello, Courtney! It’s great to hear from you, and great to hear you enjoyed what you found here. There was in fact a Masters in Travel Writing at Kingston – unfortunately I think they’ve stopped that particular part of the program, although the rest of the creative writing program is still going strong. I’ve got another friend (Brenna from the blog This Battered Suitcase – http://www.thisbatteredsuitcase.com) who is currently working on a masters in creative non-fiction with a focus in travel, so I think there are definitely still lots of options out there :) Please let me know if I can answer any other questions about the program!

  • http://www.manish.com manish barot

    hey u r inspire me n i m starting my (Diploma in Creative Writing in Hindi (DCH) cours so pls tach with me.

    thanks with rgds
    manish

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Thanks for getting in touch, Manish. That’s great to hear you’re starting a creative writing course soon – best of luck with the program!

  • http://thisopenroad.wordpress.com/ Robyn

    Just found your site and I really like it! Will be interested to follow your journey. (I too didn’t realize there was a degree in Travel Writing!) – R

  • http://www.rupamsarma.blogspot.com rupam { xhobdo }

    Today read your guest post in one of my favorite travel blogger Arti ‘s ” My Yatra Diary ” , Great to visit your blog and great photos and post. Keep posting.
    Thanks

  • https://twitter.com/Mldnzz Emeley

    Hello ! I have just discovered your web page, and I really liked it ! Good luck and nice to meet you :)

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Hey Emeley! Thanks so much for checking out my site and saying hello, it’s great to hear from you :) Whereabouts are you based in the world?

  • http://dulichbui24.com Viet Anh

    Hi Candace!
    I am Viet Anh. I really like your blog and your journey :) Hope meet you one day :)

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Hello Viet Anh, it’s great to hear from you :) Thanks for checking out this blog and saying hello, I look forward to crossing paths with you one day as well!

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  • Kalpesh

    Just came to your blog yesterday and king of reading it like a book. Read your article about how to travel India solo. There were really very great tips. I am Indian but i have traveled only once outside my state -Gujarat and even that was package tour (so they can track the tour and I get vegetarian food surely) for south India but really enjoyed that 28 days. I was teenager then and family would not allow be to go solo so we made a pack of teenagers, there were people of all age in tour but that actually expanded the fun because some kind of practical jokes only comes from old peoples. Visiting your flooded my mind with all the memories of that 28 days. I am really happy that you can make yourself to travel so much. Best wishes for all the future travels for you.

  • http://www.mollymchugh.com Molly

    Candace I really love your story and your sketches are absolutely gorgeous – what a cool talent you have. I found your stuff (name/project) on The Global Bookshelf.

    Have a great 2014 – if ever have the time, take a peak at my new site and would love a comment :) best, Molly

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Hello, Molly! I’m so glad Gillian’s Global Bookshelf sent you this way – it’s great to hear from you :) I had a look at your site and loved reading about the adventures you’ve been on with your son…that’s absolutely something I’d love to do with my own children one day. All the best to you for the new year!

  • Kavya

    Hello Candace

    “On the Road” brought me here. Well am doing my graduation in English and I absolutely love travelling even though I did not do much of it yet. And you are doing something that I would love to do. Travelling mountains and rivers, meeting people, the sunset, the beaches, the crowded streets..and like the cherry on the cake writing about it! Am glad that you came to India. There’s so much to this country that I want soak in the length and breadth of it. And great blog! :)

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Hi Kavya! I’m so glad you stumbled across my blog, it’s great to hear from you :) I love that we share a passion for traveling and writing – I hope you’ll be able to pursue those loves and explore the many fascinating corners of India…it’s a magical place! Whereabouts in the country are you from?

  • http://www.coffeestainedjournal.com/ Oliver

    Hello again Candace! :)
    I have to admit I wasn’t aware of a degree in Travel Writing either, really interesting! And I really love “The Great Affair”!! I not only admire the Stevenson quote but also find impressive what you have compiled in terms of visuals and the song seems to be pure “joie de vivre”. Mind if I share it on my blog one day?
    All the best for now, Oliver

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Hey Oliver! Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my site and say hello :) I’m really glad that Stevenson’s quote resonated with you, and that you enjoyed the song as well – you’re absolutely welcome to share it on your site…I’d be honored!

  • Chandrashekhar

    Hi Candace, I stumbled upon your blog when I was scouring the Internet for articles on safe traveling in India (that’s right, I live in India). And from what I’ve read, you’re one of the big names on the topic. I got hooked on, so I read some more. Interesting. And you travel AND sketch? Wow, that’s quite the Renaissance spirit!

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      It’s great to hear from you, Chandra! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and say hello. Whereabouts in India do you live? It’s now been nearly a year since I left, and I’m itching to get back there again :) And yes, I do indeed travel and sketch! Sketching has become one of my favorite things to do on the road…it really slows me down and opens me up to a new place. Do you do any sketching yourself? Thanks again for your note, and stay in touch!

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  • Debra

    Hi Candace,

    I just wanted to say how much I love the new look of your website. My husband and I are contemplating starting a blog. We are spending two months in the Baja with our seven month old Norwich terrier, which has been interesting to say the least. Once we are further along in the preparations we will contact you to get an estimate on a blog header as I think you are a talented sketch artist. Keep the great blogs coming!

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Hello, Debra! I can’t thank you enough for stopping by and saying hello, it was great to hear from you :) That’s wonderful you’re spending some time in the Baja right now – that sounds lovely (and how fun to have your little pup along!). It would be an honor to work with you on the header for your new site, so do stay in touch as things progress with your site! I hope all continues to go well in Mexico, and I look forward to hearing from you again soon. xo

  • http://www.wildjunket.com Nellie

    Love the new look! And it’s so interesting to read stuff about you I never knew! Did I tell you I collect postcards and beer labels too? I’m just in the process of making a collage of all the beer labels I’ve collected over the years. ;) I find it ridiculous that we still haven’t met in person! Hopefully someday…

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Thanks so much, Nellie! And that is awesome we both collect beer labels – I especially loved saving them during my trip through Southeast Asia last spring and made a small collage of them. You’ll have to send me a photo of yours once you finish it! Also, I believe we actually *briefly* met at TBU Manchester, but I think I’d just won the Rickshaw Run trip and was sort of in a daze of excitement and confusion, so I don’t remember too much of our conversation in the bar afterwards ;) So yes…I couldn’t agree more. We need to finally meet properly, and hopefully soon!

  • http://www.paigesinkler.com Mizathena

    You kept that quiet, about the cats! ;). Love the new look, and it’s fun to explore. Hope you’re well – think of you often. xx

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Haha, oh dear! But trust me – I make an exception for lovely Cherry…if more cats were like her, I would definitely have to revise that statement ;) Thanks so much for checking out the new look, though, and know that I think of you often as well…can’t wait until I can get back to the UK again! xx

  • https://www.facebook.com/sapankpatel Sapan

    Hi Candace,

    It was serendipitous that I came across your site while surfing for good travel blogs. Just started reading one blog entry and ended up going through so many pages and trust me I loved every bit of it. The reason that I cam across your site was because I am exactly standing at juncture in life where the “leap of faith” as you called it above, is on my horizon !! I share the same passion for travel as you do and I am starting to write and photograph my experiences. I really liked your sketches for the fact that they are not only beautiful but also show a different way of conveying the travel experience. My website’s getting setup so that I can start writing very soon. Hope to be in touch !!

    Keep up the good work & All the best !!

    • http://www.candaceroserardon.com Candace

      Hi Sapan! I always love it when the internet sends us stumbling across a new site we connect with :) I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the stories and sketches I’ve shared here, and especially that you’re just about to take your own leap of faith in life. In my own experience, taking that leap is incredibly scary, but I’ve also found the rewards are almost always worth the risk. Wishing you all the best as you pursue your passion, and I look forward to hearing from you here again!

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