Five Things About Me

An internet meme is a a term coined by Richard Dawkins to describe songs, catch phrases, clothes fashions, or other cultural information passed from person to person) that is passed over the internet by word of mouth.(Wikipedia)

Rita Zeinstejer, a friend from Argentina, has just invited to take part in one of these. The idea is for each blogger who accepts the invitation to reveal five things most people don’t know about them. Then they pass the ball over by tagging five other bloggers.

Let me think what I can possibly tell you that you do not know about me yet. My professional and personal life, photos and impressions are already all open and scattered all over the web in blogs and other social platforms like 43things, 43places, 43 people, Flick and Elgg.

The 21st century is definitely focused on identity on the World Wide Web and “Web 2.0 harnesses the stupidity of crowds as well as its wisdom”, as Times Magazine puts it so well 🙂

So look at your computer and satisfy your curiosity by reading about this other person sitting in front of a similar screen.

My frame of mind is very much influenced by my senses and it is through them that I connect, capture and remember very vividly the world around me. It is not difficult to understand why I love:

    Perfumes, scents and smells

    L’Eau par Kenzo or lavender to sleep, Ô de Lancôme for the day and J’adore for special occasions, scented oils, manicure, pedicure and massage. However, I am extremely allergic to most chemical products in this list so must pay attention.

    Travelling

    I made my first trip to Europe when I was eleven. France and Italy stand out in my memory. I associate Paris from that time with the smell of the buttered croissants for breakfast and the fragrance of the muguet bouquets sold by flower girls in May, while white-gloved chauffeurs helped beautiful ladies in glittering evening dresses out of their cars in front of the Crazy Horse (my father and mother hurried me back to the hotel after dinner!). Marseille smells bouillabaisse and feels the mistral while the interior of Provence is a profusion of lavender, rosemary, marjoram, basil, bay leaf and thyme.

    From Italy what comes back is the light and touch of the warm sun on my skin, the taste and feel of the ruby red cherries which I savoured in Rome, dazed by Michelangelo’s masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel and overwhelmed by the grandeur of Saint Peter’s Square.

    Also, quoting recently deceased Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński , travelling brings you in contact with “people, their mentality, their way of seeing the world…from each spot in the world one sees the planet differently. A person who lives in Europe sees the world differently than a person who lives in Africa. Without trying to enter into these other ways of looking and perceiving and describing, we won’t understand anything of this world.”

    Cooking

    Not deserts or cakes as they require method, precise doses and order. I love combining different ingredients, inventing dishes – none is ever quite the same.

    For me, “cookery means the knowledge of Medea and of Circe and of Helen and of the Queen of Sheba. It means the knowledge of all herbs and fruits and balms and spices, and all that is healing and sweet in the fields and groves and savory in meats. It means carefulness and inventiveness and willingness and readiness of appliances. It means the economy of your grandmothers and the science of the modern chemist; it means much testing and no wasting; it means English thoroughness and French art in Arabian hospitality; and, in fine, it means that you are to be perfectly and always ladies — loaf givers.”
    John Ruskin, Quoted in the first edition of the Boston Cooking-School Cook Book (1896).

    Odd Jobs

    Finally, something that just crossed my mind. Before I started teaching , I worked for a very short time as a secretary for three Brits who came to Sao Paulo to launchRolling Stone magazine, translated articles from French magazine Lui into Portuguese.

Well, I guess this is more than enough about me me – so let´s challenge the next 5 victims.Augustine has already done her homework. Who has a blog and is friendly enough not to mind spending time on answering this? I am not good at passing memes…argh. So tagging :

Michael Coghlan (who will problably produce a podcast)
Leigh Blackall (who invited me to NZ and whom I’d like to know better)
Patricia Glogowski (who is moderating the OWP course with me and am sure will tag other people in the course)
Georgina Nou (who is a participant in our workshop and works with indigenous communities in Australia )
Janos Blasszauer (another participant in our session, whose name I have often surfed upon the web but about whom I do not know much)

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5 Responses to Five Things About Me

  1. wow, dear Bee…, now I feel I know you much better…;-) This meme game adds a lot of information on friends who rely on self-descriptions for some traits… Not that we don’t know each other enough … In fact, through “words” we do give away our personalities. But these anecdotes, these pictures of experiences and joys gathered through the course of years provide a vivid illustration of very interesting features… I love your impressions of cities you visited, your links, your quotes, the passion and sensibility they all transmit…;-)

    It’ll be a great pleasure meeting you f2f in Seattle in less than two months!

    Rita

  2. Laine says:

    Bee and Rita,
    Help me to see why you like to do this. I have no inclination to talk about myself to other people, especially in a place where anyone can go. I admire your openness and your willingness to share. I am also looking forward to our f2f in Seattle and will be there with bells on to meet you and talk with you plenty about me, but not in writing on the internet for the world to see. What am I missing?????
    Laine

  3. Nice to meet you Bee via Rita who so enthusiastically answered my meme invite.

    Laine, let me confess I had my doubts to play at first, since my blog is totally topic oriented and not a personal page. However, this rather superficial little game has binding possibilities.

    I’m glad I accepted and look forward to play it in class with my new students next March. Perhaps they even start up a new blog as Rita did to answer mine!

    Wouldn’t that be great?

    All best,

    Claudia
    My Five Things
    http://fceblog.blogspot.com/2007/01/five-things-about-me.html

  4. Bee says:

    Hello,
    I had problems with the upgrading of this blog and the new template I had chosen did not let me see the comments 🙁

    There was a time I had my life in little separate boxes – a professional blog, one for conferences, a personal one, one for one class, etc.

    I have brought them all together under this one, because they all are parts of me and document my evolving identity, my way of being, doing and seeing things in time.

    I have absolutely no qualms about writing down my impressions, doubts and thoughts. There is nothing I am ashamed of and I know the world has more to do than to read my posts.

  5. Berta says:

    Dear Bee, Thanks for visiting my blog and happy to know you share three of my five things (writing, independence and dislike for people whistling). I related to two of yours here: allergy to perfumes (rhinitis in my case) and love for movies.

    Your new blog layout is fantastic, it has a relaxing feeling and the photo is simply beautiful. Where was it taken?

    I will definitely add it to my bloglines to keep up with all the interesting stuff you experience, like today´s international and exciting conference with George Siemens.

    Cariños, Berta