How many travel love letters will you write?

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(Bukcheon Village, Seoul)
Love letter #1 to Korea

As I said 2011 would be my year to ‘experience love’!

Love comes through many doors, inspiring our creativity and playful curiosity of life. For a traveler, love portals can be opened through countries we immediately fall in love with or find rocky romances with. It can be discovered through the odd kitsch souvenirs we find wandering an off-beat alleyway of shops or entered through the trusted smiles of a hotel front desk clerk after a long day of haggling…

If the door is wide open and we’re curious, love rushes in.

Why not write love letters?

Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire….
— Roland Barthes (from A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments)

A blog, a photograph, a video or postcard… these can all be “love letters”. But sometimes, the love letters we find for a place can be vague, indirect, the je’ne c’est quoi of mystery. You don’t know why or what it is about a place… but damn it, you love it!

After revisiting Jeju Island’s Olle trails this past holiday season with my mom, the inspiration to write love letters opened up inside me…

I wanted to leave behind an trail of anonymous memories for love to find me.

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What are some favorite love letters of places that you’ve written or received?

 

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I’m way into letters, especially love letters!

I always write postcards to my friends back home when I travel.

When I was studying abroad in the UK, I had a huge crush on my TA who was named FEARGHAL. The university had an anonymous submission system for papers, so I wrote a ri-di-cu-lous love letter to him, slapped a cover sheet meant for papers on it, and sent it. Wonder if my dear Fearghal ever got it… I said his smokin’ hotness warmed up our cold lecture hall!

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I love your idea for love letters this year. It’s really got me feeling romantic and I’ve started looking at my travels from a different perspective. I think I will expand on this idea with other feelings to create a rounder image/memory of places I’ve been to and places I’ll be going to!

It’s great that your mom could visit you – being an expat can be tough, especially around the holidays. I hope your plans for Seoul work out and I wish you all the best for a wonderful and love letter filled 2011.

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What a great idea! There are so many different kinds of love, and I think sitting down to write about them forces you to really consider the “whys” and “hows” of them. Maybe more of us would show more gratitude and appreciation in our lives if we slowed down to write love letters to everyone and everything we love….

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