It’s strange to be launching this new blog on the day that Anthony Bourdain died.
I heard the news this morning when I showed up to work, early, before most others had arrived at the office. Two other people arrived before me, and when I walked in the door they were discussing the news headline: Anthony Bourdain dies at age 61. We talked about his book, his travels, his personality, and his history with addictions.
As often happens after hearing shocking news, I took to the internet. I read numerous articles and tributes to him, and in the process saw several quotes from him. The most memorable was this:
“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody.”
This quote encapsulates so perfectly the heart of this blog.
We’ve moved A LOT over the last 15 years. If you’ve read about us on our About page, then you know we’ve traveled and lived all over the world. And I gotta say, it’s expanded our awareness and appreciation of other cultures. We’ve gotten pretty comfortable eating weird things, and laughing when we can’t communicate properly in another language. It’s harder to find the “other” in people now, and easier to find the “us.”
How does that relate to this blog?
I truly believe that sitting and eating with people opens us all up to connect in a deeper way. Something about sitting around a meal invites story-telling. Each place we’ve lived, when invited to share dinner with a family we jumped at the chance because there’s something meaningful that’s created in the process. We all need meaningful interaction. We are built for it. We are built to tell and hear stories. We are built to eat together.