On Nyepi Day or Silence Day (28 March this year), all Bali goes into lethargy. Locals and tourists alike are not allowed to roam the streets, to take a car or bike, to use a stove or oven, to work and to make noise. It is a day for meditation and contemplation, but originally it was designed to trick the demons into thinking Bali was inhabited so they wouldn’t come and annoy the people on the island for the rest of the year. Cunning! Continue reading “Biking my way through Bali’s terraced rice paddies, lush jungles and waterfalls”
The big day has come when I will discover what it’s like to celebrate the Balinese New Year with a local family. Before I get to the village of Jasan where Styawan, my new Balinese friend, is waiting for me, I ask the staff at my guesthouse what I should bring as a gift. Continue reading “Celebrating Nyepi, the Balinese New Year”
Being alone in Bali for an entire week is an odd feeling, as the island is so much connected to the best family holiday I’ve ever had. But I’ve decided to make the best of this time and to go where I cannot go with the children, or at least be even more adventurous than usual. Continue reading “First days in Bali”
I have had my fair share of travels in life, visiting Asia mainly, yet I have never, in my entire life, been on a solo trip to a far-away location. Actually the first time I traveled alone as an adult for leisure was last year when I did a fasting and hiking retreat in the South of France in the Spring.
So it is with a certain excitement and anxiety that I look forward to a full week of me-time in Bali – starting today. Traveling alone gives you the possibility to indulge in the craziest of lifestyles for a busy working mum of two: living for today, not knowing what you will do next, where you will go, what you will eat and who you will meet. Some also call this freedom 🙂 Continue reading “Routine or freedom: which one is more liberating?”
For the second time since I took over as Digital Strategist for EuropeAid at the European Commission, I gave a talk on digital strategy, this time at the European Communication Summit in Brussels on 7 July. Continue reading “Getting digital strategy right: my talk at the 2016 European Communication Summit”
I would have never read Creativity Inc. by Pixar founder Ed Catmull hadn’t it been for my boss and her knowledge of two of my passions: books and creativity / innovation. Continue reading “What management brings to creativity and vice versa: a book review of Creativity Inc.”
A l’occasion du long weekend de la Pentecôte je suis descendue en famille découvrir un petit coin de paradis sur Terre, les Alpilles en Provence. J’étais déjà passé par là rapidement, à l’Isle sur la Sorgue l’été dernier, et j’avais été enchantée – et pas seulement parce que c’est la ville de naissance de mon poète préféré, René Char !
Cette fois, nous avons choisi de rester dans la nature, dans un joli mas traditionnel aux pieds des Alpilles. La vue du Mas des Cordeliers est époustouflante, et dès que l’on a dépassé le champ d’oliviers qui longe la maison, on est à flanc de montagne. Continue reading “A la découverte des Alpilles en Provence”
Depuis que je suis rentrée de ma première semaine de jeûne en Provence, je fais beaucoup de cuisine. J’ai notamment commencé à me faire tous les matins un miam-ô-fruits, à partir de la recette de la navigatrice et auteure France Guillain, mais en l’améliorant un peu. Continue reading “Un petit déjeuner de champion avec ma version personnelle du miam-ô-fruits”
Several people in the past year have shared with me their positive experience of fasting, and after giving it some thought, I decided I would try it out too. The mere thought of not eating for a whole week is pretty traumatizing to many people – including me, but everyone I talked to seemed thoroughly happy and enthusiastic about it, so it couldn’t be that bad. Continue reading “My first experience of fasting and hiking in Provence, France”
De mon voyage au Japon début avril, je n’ai qu’un seul regret : n’avoir pas essayé un bar à chat.
C’est donc avec un enthousiasme non feint que j’ai accepté d’accompagner ma fille pour visiter le premier bar à chat de Bruxelles, le Chat Touille, à Ixelles cette semaine. Continue reading “Le Chat Touille : premier bar à chat de Bruxelles”