POST 29# WEEKLY KICK BY CRUZ MARIA VALLESPIR

I want to start my first WEEKLY KICK with a topic that should resonate with all us immigrants living in Shanghai N O S T A L G I A. Feelings of bittersweet longing for the country we were born and lived in for most of our lives creep up on us. A place in our minds that remains subconscious until a smell, a sensation, or perhaps a piece of music - shakes them out to reveal a flood of memories. 

In my case it was a book. I have been reading Isabel Allende's  "My invented Country"   in which she takes the reader on a journey through the collective memories of her native country, Chile, which also happens to be my homeland.

I love her definition of Nostalgia as a pastiche of real memories and half imagined stories built up over time. She sees nostalgia as an inspirational place where all creatives should go to.


So I am "mind traveling" back to Chile, a country so long and remote it almost falls off the map.  And I am gathering the bits and pieces of my past, both new and old randomly exactly how memory works. Perhaps they will help me construct a partial imaginary of my home.  

  LITTLE BOOKS - Alejandro Zambra and his miniature novels.

 

LITTLE BOOKS - Alejandro Zambra and his miniature novels.

  TEXTILES - Take a look at this amazing pieces weaved on a loom by  Karen Barbe.

 

TEXTILESTake a look at this amazing pieces weaved on a loom by  Karen Barbe.

  HISTORY AND DESIGN - Chile's communist years in the 70s were powerfully reflected in all kind of arts. Colorful political murals started by Ramona Parra continue until nowadays. 

 

HISTORY AND DESIGN - Chile's communist years in the 70s were powerfully reflected in all kind of arts. Colorful political murals started by Ramona Parra continue until nowadays. 

  DESERT BLOSSOMS - A paradox of nature. After a rainy year the driest desert in the world (Atacama Desert) appears like the most colorful spectacle. 

 

DESERT BLOSSOMSA paradox of nature. After a rainy year the driest desert in the world (Atacama Desert) appears like the most colorful spectacle. 

  STARS - One thing I really miss is to be able to see a clear map of stars.

 

STARS - One thing I really miss is to be able to see a clear map of stars.

  MUSIC - Listen to Chile's new hip band Marineros (meaning Sailors) . This is new for me too. 

 

MUSIC - Listen to Chile's new hip band Marineros (meaning Sailors) . This is new for me too. 

  CASA POLI - This geometrical flexible house appears like a rock within nature. 

 

CASA POLI - This geometrical flexible house appears like a rock within nature. 

  HOT SPRINGS - I have had the pleasure to spend a couple of days here relaxing in the south of the planet. 

 

HOT SPRINGS - I have had the pleasure to spend a couple of days here relaxing in the south of the planet. 

  HOBBIT HOUSE - Architecture mimicking nature, what do you think?

 

HOBBIT HOUSE - Architecture mimicking nature, what do you think?