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Who am I?

Kim Clarys
‘My face’ by Annabelle Delhalle

I could start answering this question with another question and be all “Does any of us actually know who we truly are?”, but I reckon you are here for some proper answers. So I will give you a few details about myself of which I’m sure that are pretty accurate.

My name is Kim and I am a Belgian copywriter. In 2012 I studied Communications at the Free University of Brussels. Even though the university life suited me, I got a bit bored at the time and decided to do my internship in a different country. And with ‘different’, I meant ‘different’. I immediately took the deep plunge and went for India.

Lots of travelling followed and we can fast-forward to April 2016, Kyoto, where I’m walking next to the Kamo River. I watched the Japanese absorbing the sun and admiring their own country. I let the moment sink in. And then it hit me, just like it hit Haruki Murakami once when he was watching a baseball match and he suddenly knew he could write a book. Except that I realized that there were so many memories waiting for me. So many dances to dance. So many sights to see. So many mistakes to make. So much art to admire and also express. So many good decisions to live up to. So many times to fall in and out of love. With a boy, with a scenery, with a country. I understood that time was ticking, but also saw that this was just the beginning.

So after that trip, I started preparing, working, saving and eventually, I bought that one-way ticket.

Why am I writing this blog?

To be honest I don’t know why I do half the things I do. I’m 26 and that’s the proper age to get a little bit lost in life. I’m just trying to figure out a few things, and I deal with this by writing my thoughts down. I travel, I read, I think and I write. A blog seemed the next logical step.

I am a firm believer in figuring things out on your own whilst travelling, because you will get so much more out of it. During my own trips, I have relied on information from other people, so that’s why I want to return the favour and also provide some guidance. At the same time, I really want you to get a taste of travel and experience it through my words.

You don’t have to be a full-time traveller to read my blog. Travelling is of course literally a journey, but so are all the different paths that you choose in life. I also believe in the fact that people should choose their own sacrifices and determine what they want to achieve in life. I sacrificed it all for travelling. Maybe you sacrificed it all for a job and a family. That’s fine. I don’t want you to feel guilty or envious when you read my blog. Maybe you will read it to prepare your travels, maybe you’ll read because you share my view on life, or maybe you will read it because you need a break from work. Whatever floats your boat is fine by me.

Where do I get my inspiration?

Well, obviously first of all from travelling. But I’m also a vigorous reader and I’m very passionate about music. My domain name is based on an album of Eddie Vedder for example. He used the phrase in a more passionate context: longing to belong to someone. Mine is more existential. I am longing to belong somewhere or somehow and hoping that I will find my answers through travelling, writing and reading. I do get inspired by a lot of artists and you will find a fair amount of references and/or quotes from musicians, writers, poets, bloggers or cool characters from movies (the Dude is my spirit animal).

In other words, I have no idea what I’m doing, just like basically everyone. I’m trying to find answers and hope that you can benefit from my journey in the process. But in the end, I’m just a girl, sitting behind her laptop, asking you to read her blog.

Curious about my other work? Then definitely read it!

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In case you speak fluent Flemish (which is basically the same as Dutch but cooler):

Kim in Vietnam

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