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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The travelling mind-set: mundane journeys and the banality of travel, part 2

There are people out there who enjoy the banalities of travel other than myself. Anne at Prêt à Voyager writes about the joy she gets out of the mundane wherever she goes. She recently discovered a wonderful book called Mundane Journeys which exalts the little things that people pass everyday in their neighbourhoods that they ordinarily fail to notice. Sub-titled 'A field guide to colour', Kate Pocrass, the author of this gorgeous illustrated guide, hones in on the nuances of colour in her everyday environment. Xander, over at Primitive Culture, does that too in his series of blogs on colour: check out Bangkok Colors: Blue-Green. I find it refreshing that so many people find the everyday inspiring. We rented an apartment for a month in a city last year and this is a little nondescript business we passed every day as we walked to the downtown area. It's nothing special, right? But I love the use of colour. Can you guess where it is?


Prêt à Voyager said...

My copy of "Mundane Journeys" arrived in the mail last week. It's absolutely charming! Awesome too that it's only $5 thanks to a special arts grant.


Lara Dunston said...

I'll have to get myself one! Does it meet your mundane expectations?

Prêt à Voyager said...

Exceeds them ;)

I sent a copy to a friend who just moved to SF and he read it straight through and is excited to go on some (and create some of his own).


Lara Dunston said...

Have you tried phoning up for the weekly journeys? Or the bus journeys? I saw those on the website. They sound very cool.

Prêt à Voyager said...

No I haven't. But maybe I'll have my friend Andrew who lives there try it. It's been something going on since 2004.