Well, I’m close to finishing my last uni courses before I can start my M.A. thesis, and I can’t decide on a proper research question.
If you’ve read this blog before, you probably know that I am studying for my Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Communication by distance learning. Unfortunately, that means that I do not know my course-mates and have nobody at uni to actually talk about thesis ideas.
After my blog post about the Midori Traveler’s Notebook on Thursday, I have been asked by one of my lovely followers how the notebooks are actually connected inside the Midori.
I admit that it confused me at first as well. It took me a while to figure it out, but once you get it, it will seem so logical. However, it is easier to just show you, rather than explain it in a long and complicated blog post, and I figured this how to guide would be of interest to a few of you. So I made a little video that shows how to add inserts to your MTN.
The video below shows you how to add three or more notebooks to your Midori. If your notebooks are really thin, you might even squeeze six or eight in there, by simply repeating the same steps. When adding an odd number of inserts, add the last one like book 3 in the video. Midori brand elastics are rather thick, so the thinner the elastic you use, the less bulky your stack of inserts will be!
I also just realised that this is the first time you lot (except the two followers who know me in real life) will hear me speak. While I do absolutely everything from reading to writing and thinking in English, I currently live in Germany and I haven’t really had a chance to speak English for more than two sentences in quite a while, so to my own ears, I sound cringe-worthy. “Voice for print media” as some of my fellow journalism students would say, just like some people have a “face for radio.” It’s also the middle of the night here, so if my voice sounds a bit rough, that’s why.
Shout-out to all the girls who travel, because we’re awesome. Men, take note! We may not wear the latest fashion or stay in one place for too long, but believe me when I say travelling girls are worth it!
Date a girl who travels. Date a girl who would rather save up for out of town trips or day trips than buy new shoes or clothes. She may not look like a fashion plate, but behind that tanned and freckled face from all the days out in the sun, lies a mind that can take you places and an open heart that will take you for what you are, not for what you can be.
Date a girl who travels. You’ll recognize her by the backpack she always carries. She won’t be carrying a dainty handbag; where will she put her travel journal, her pens, and the LED flashlight that’s always attached to her bag’s zipper? In a small purse, how can she bring the small coil of travel string, the wet tissues, the box of crackers, and the bottle of water she’s always ready with, just in case something happens and she can’t go home yet?
Yes, a girl who travels knows that anytime, anything can happen and she just has to be prepared with it. Nothing takes her by surprise; she takes everything with equanimity, knowing that such things are always a part of life. She’s reliable and dependable, traits that she’s learned while on the road.
You’ll also recognize a girl who travels by the fact that she’s always amazed at the world around her, no matter if she’s in her home town or in a place that’s totally new. She sees beauty all around her, not just the ones featured in travel guides or shown in postcards. A girl who travels has developed a deeper appreciation for life. She won’t judge you, or pressure you to do things you don’t want to do. She knows too much about the importance of identity and self-efficacy, and she will appreciate all the more if you won’t pretend to be who you’re not.
Do your friends borrow your stuff and take their sweet time getting things back to you? Do you never remember who borrowed what?
Take a picture of your friends with the items they’re taking. You could even go further and set that picture as their contact picture until the item is returned. (PS.: you don’t necessarily need an iPhone for that
(PS.: you don’t necessarily need an iPhone for that…)