Introduction

Where a name takes its meaning

In Spring 2010, my friend Ruth and I traveled to Norway, Finland and Sweden. It was a four months kayaking trip, amongst incredible landscape, meeting no less incredible people. During that time, we became, in fact, professional nature admirers. A great job, with many rewarding times.

As a kid, I got annoyed at people teasing me with “Alice in Wonderland”. But travelling made me realise how essential wonder is. Wonder is the ability to discover traces of eternity behind every fleeting instant, behind the flicker of a wave crest in the sun, behind the twilight dance of a fragile mayfly, behind the sound of a cormorant’s beating winds as it flies of in the distance.

So belatedly, I have decided to stand up to my name and share all those wonders I’ve been lucky enough to witness. I’ll start with some old stories, but recent material will be added in due course.

5

Où un nom prend son sens

Au printemps 2010, mon amie Ruth et moi avons voyagé en Norvège, Suède et Finlande. Ce fut un voyage en kayak de quatre mois, parmis des paysages fantastiques, à la rencontre de gens chaleureux. Pendant cette période, notre seul travail était d’admirer la nature, un métier qui nous a beaucoup apporté.

Quand j’étais enfant, j’en avais assez de me faire appleler “Alice au Pays des Merveilles”. Mais voyager m’a fait comprendre que la capacité d’émerveillement est une qualité essentielle car c’est elle qui vous fait prendre conscience de l’éternité de chaque instant.

J’ai donc finalement décidé d’accepter que mon nom prenne pour moi un sens. J’ai décidé d’essayer de partager un peu ces merveilles dont j’ai le privilège d’être témoin.

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