“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
– Ibn Batutta.
Picture a stick-thin little asian boy with wide eyes and a mop of unruly black hair. That little boy, confused but filled with wonder, is about to make the 3-hour journey from the Philippine countryside to the Ninoy Aquino Airport in Manila, where he will board a plane making its way to Yanbu’ Al Bahr. As the plane takes off, so does his unquenchable need to experience the world.
Fast-forward 20 years. That little boy has now grown up to be a too-cute-to-be-hot and super humble guy: me (duh).
Me. Huh. Where to begin. How about with
two a bunch of truths and a lie?
I am a 23-year-old male currently based in Calgary, Alberta. My university degree is in the History & Theory of architecture and I am now in the middle of a two-year Architectural Technologies diploma from SAIT. I love all dogs, being happy, and crying at videos of happy dogs. I hate pasta (lie).
Over the last 20 years, my wide-eyed, black-haired self has traveled extensively, eyes growing ever wider and hair getting slightly tamer (thank you, puberty). Some of my world experiences have been literally life-changing – like my family’s move to Saudi Arabia and then, eventually, to Canada. Others have proved just as fulfilling, such as my travels within North America and Europe.
I have traveled all over the USA, England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and the Vatican; each trip contributed so much to my understanding of the world. In all of these cases, I found that the best way to deal with both the good and bad times (yes, there have been some pretty harrowing events – remind me to tell you over coffee sometime) was to completely immerse myself into the experience.
Traveling, to me, is an amazing opportunity to let the world change you and the limits of your reality. #fact
“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”
― Mary Anne Radmacher
“The Seven Lamps”
Outgoing, positive, proactive, #ArchitectureNerd, “YAAASS”. All of these have been used to describe me at one point or another.
That is why, when told (virtually; through the internet) by other travel bloggers that I needed to find a niche to settle in to, I had a hard time figuring out in which direction to head. Should I focus solely on the sites I see and explore? Should I blog my daily outfits to satisfy my need for selfies? Should I show off all the food that I’m about to inhale?
The epiphany came when I was sitting on the floor after a concert, slightly drunk and McDonald’s-filled (this is when I do my best thinking, after all): I can have it all.
alert: #ArchitectureNerd territory
Much like architecture, travelling has many aspects and elements to it. In John Ruskins’ The Seven Lamps of Architecture, he outlines the seven principles that good (read: gothic) architecture must meet. (Here is an online copy because I know you want it)
With this blog, I took the same concept of a checklist and millenialised it. Here are my “lamps”:
- The Outfit
- The Food
- The Sites
- The Architecture
- The People
- The Miscellaneous
- The Takeaway
Most of my posts center around these aspects, though I do pick and choose the most relevant ones for each post. Thinking about and flushing out those details make for great
gothic architecture travels.
Happy reading and safe travels!