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Moments, No Story (Because Uncertainties)

I’m finding pieces of what I was looking for in France—people and lively streets, a certain resilience and hedonism I admire, loved ones and a familiar feel, a sense of safety and normalcy, relief and the ability to disconnect from reality even now and then.

But I still don’t have answers and some days, I feel as confused as I was throughout spring and earlier this summer in Canada.

Where are we going with this?

Today, I suddenly realized this sense of uncertainty shows in my travel articles. I like to tell stories with a beginning and an end, or at least, some kind of momentary conclusion. Even though like every person with an Internet connection and a social media presence I make my life looks amazingly spontaneous, I kind of have a plan or at least a rough outline—no, seriously, I never actually show up at the airport and just “jump on a plane.” In fact, most of the time, I’m boringly predictable. Ask any of my friends. I work, parent, exercise, read, write, sleep and repeat. And even when I travel, I do all of the above except I’m on the road.

But it’s hard to find a narrative this year. I sure hope the climax was “pandemic coming!” but I have no idea how the story ends.

Basically, we do whatever we can whenever we can.

I can’t take anything for granted anymore—school, work, the ability to move freely from place to place or to see loved ones whenever I want. Everyone around me feels the same. Anything can change anytime and for once, this is not a motivational poster but reality.

It sucks.

So, what’s left?

Moments of happiness and normalcy as if it was any other year.

Still, the ending had better be good, Hollywood style.

Gare Maritime, the Navibus boat to Trentemoult across the Loire River, Nantes, July 2020
Gare Maritime, the Navibus boat to Trentemoult across the Loire River, Nantes, July 2020
In the Navibus boat to Trentemoult across the Loire River, Nantes, July 2020
In the Navibus boat to Trentemoult across the Loire River, Nantes, July 2020
In the Navibus crossing the Loire River, Nantes, July 2020
In the Navibus crossing the Loire River, Nantes, July 2020
Île de Nantes from the Navibus crossing the Loire River, Nantes, July 2020
Île de Nantes from the Navibus crossing the Loire River, Nantes, July 2020
The Navibus crossing the Loire River, Nantes, July 2020
The Navibus crossing the Loire River, Nantes, July 2020
Quai Marquis d'Aiguillon from the Navibus crossing the Loire River, Nantes, July 2020
Quai Marquis d’Aiguillon from the Navibus crossing the Loire River, Nantes, July 2020
Quai Marquis d'Aiguillon from the Navibus crossing the Loire River, Nantes, July 2020
Quai Marquis d’Aiguillon from the Navibus crossing the Loire River, Nantes, July 2020
In the Navibus crossing the Loire River, Nantes, July 2020
In the Navibus crossing the Loire River, Nantes, July 2020
Quai Marcel Boissard, Trentemoult
Quai Marcel Boissard, Trentemoult
Rue du Port Trentemoult
Rue du Port Trentemoult
Rue du Port Trentemoult
Rue du Port Trentemoult
Le pendule, Rue du Port Trentemoult
Le pendule, Rue du Port Trentemoult
Rue Abel, Trentemoult
Rue Abel, Trentemoult
¨;ace Ferdinand Lebert, Trentemoult
¨;ace Ferdinand Lebert, Trentemoult
Port de Plaisance de Trentemoult
Port de Plaisance de Trentemoult
Pont des 3 Continents, Rezé
Pont des 3 Continents, Rezé
Pont des 3 Continents, Rezé
Pont des 3 Continents, Rezé
Pont des 3 Continents, Rezé
Pont des 3 Continents, Rezé
Pont des 3 Continents, Rezé
Pont des 3 Continents, Rezé
Pont des 3 Continents, Rezé
Pont des 3 Continents, Rezé
Pont des 3 Continents, Rezé
Pont des 3 Continents, Rezé
Quai des Antilles, Nantes, July 2020
Quai des Antilles, Nantes, July 2020
Grue Titan Jaune, Île de Nantes, July 2020
Grue Titan Jaune, Île de Nantes, July 2020
On Va Marcher Sur La Lune, Île de Nantes, July 2020
On Va Marcher Sur La Lune, Île de Nantes, July 2020
Maison des Hommes et des Techniques, Île de Nantes, July 2020
Maison des Hommes et des Techniques, Île de Nantes, July 2020
Parvis des Nefs, Nantes, July 2020
Parvis des Nefs, Nantes, July 2020

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