Sensing Paris and London: Taste and Smell

Grateful Graduate Project 2013: Reasons to be grateful 346-365 of 365   The experience of Paris and London is enhanced,  or otherwise, by the senses. The tongue and nose – the senses of smell and taste – are central to how we perceive places and our memories of them. In 2013, I was grateful for…

Paris and London Websites and Blogs

Grateful Graduate Project 2013: Reasons to be grateful 306-325 Each of these sites have forced me to look at Paris and London anew, and see them from a more profound perspective. I am grateful for each of these for providing light, deepening the joy of, and  even balancing my romantic ideas of the cities with…

Paris and London in Writing, Song, and on screen

Grateful Graduate Project 2013: Reasons 286-305 to be thankful    Now that 2013 is over, it is possible to reap the benefits of hindsight and  finish off the list of 365 things that contribute to making Paris and London great places to live, work, and study. Paris and London have inspired books, art, cinema, and…

Paris and London Desks

Grateful Graduate Project 2013:  Reasons 276-285 of 365 to be thankful     Much of life as a student in Paris and London is spent behind a computer, on the desk. The desks become unique spaces that say a lot about the differences between the two cities as places of study. As I look at…

Studying in London – thanksgiving list

A bit more to be grateful for the opportunity to be a  grad student in both Paris and London, in a spirit of Thanksgivingn here are a few thins that I am grateful about the London side of the grad student experience — The academic culture in London is robust and demanding – the quality…

Stillness and depth: River Thames (emotive geographies 12)

The old adage asserts that still waters run deep. The river Thames communicates this point poignantly. It always reminds this blogger to “keep calm and….” study, persist, explore, live fully, experience life, and so forth. If the Seine inspires movement, the Thames brings a sense of emotional balance. Calm. Poise. Stillness. An unruffled state of…

Drive and Desire: London (emotive geographies 6)

If Paris is a pleasure inducing sight in the early hours of the morning, London (for me)  is less overpowering but rather more enticing. The phrase ‘London is calling’ captures the feeling of seeing London take shape and come to life in the early hours of the morning: I often take a morning run or…

Emotive Geography (2): Westminster, Whitehall London

A walk around Westminster during term time means coming across various protests – many of them longterm ones. It’s always interesting to stop, and get a sense of the broad range of political and social causes that attract  varying sized crowds – from one woman protests that have been going on for years over Tibet,…

‘Emotive’ Geography (1) : London, Millenium Bridge and St. Paul’s

The  places that we live, the world around us, is continuously drawing out different emotional responses:  peace,  contentment, inspiration, anger, security .. and insecurity, and different psychological dispositions: willpower, pride, confidence or the opposite. I’ve been thinking about how different parts of Paris and London evoke particular emotional responses and how they affect – positively…

More haptic than thou? : The sense of touch in Paris vs London:

Grateful Graduate Project: Reasons 213-217 How much of the sensory experience of living in cities, and in Paris and  London in particular, engage the sense of touch?  Or, in more convoluted academic language, how much of the experience of navigating cities is ‘haptic’ (related to the the sense of touch)? And, between Paris and London…