It’s All Maya!

If Life is an illusion, then why do I keep banging my head against the wall?

Si la Vie est une illusion, pourquoi je n'arrête pas de me taper la tête sur les murs?

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About Me

Writing My ThoughtsDon’t ask me how or why, but from the time I was a small child, I just instinctively knew I would travel!  And travel I did!  I have been called a nomad, a wanderer, a globetrotter, etc., but I call myself lucky.  Lucky because throughout the years, and throughout my travels, I have met only good and wonderful people.

I have lived in eight countries and traveled to over sixty on four continents.  Very often I traveled alone, other times with family members, friends, or an acquaintance who happened to be going in the same direction I was headed.

There were occasions when I found myself in chateaux and villas, in luxury hotels and 5-star restaurants, but there were times as well when I found myself sleeping in a sleeping bag on the side of the road and wondering where my next meal was going to come from.  If I liked a place, I would stay.

My life has been an adventure to say the least, and there was no place for a husband, nor a child.  But don’t get me wrong, I have shared my life with a number of wonderful men, some who are still good friends of mine.  As for children, I love children, but because of my bohemian lifestyle, I didn’t want to subject a child to that way of life; or become resentful of a child because I could no longer live the life I felt compelled to live.  So I chose not to have any.

The place where I have lived the longest and love the most is Paris.  I have carried on a love affair with this city since the first time I arrived.  It was love at first sight! I am an artist, a musician, a writer, and a poet.  I guess I can say I am also a blogger.  It’s quite therapeutic to put your thoughts and opinions into words. So, to everyone….Cheers!

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28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tina // Oct 5, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    I am going through what you have been through…. I just hope for the best…

    hugs

  • 2 Lynn // Oct 6, 2008 at 4:42 am

    Tina, although we haven’t met, your positive energy comes through your writings on your blog, your e-mails, and your comments. I wish you all the marvelous and wonderful adventures that I was blessed with and more!

  • 3 Tina // Oct 7, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Awwww thanks Lynn…

    I’ve come out of my shell in the last year or so….

    I think my next adventure is scheduled for March 2009 and after that (David’s suggestion not mine,) it’s a possible trip to Peru…. my life is crazy….

  • 4 Lynn // Oct 7, 2008 at 5:21 am

    A good crazy as it should be!

  • 5 Tina // Oct 7, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    I knew he was crazy when he was talking to his mom on the phone in Peru and he handed me the receiver so we can talk to each other. She’s told him she wants to meet me so yes it’s a good crazy….

  • 6 Nichole // Aug 20, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Lynn,

    I just wanted to say I love your Steeler pictures! I have a collection of them myself and loved that you had the same picture that I have from the Bahamas. That was the picture that actually started me off taking pictures of me and my Terrible Towel where ever I go. In fact, this year my towel will be traveling to India (without me) for a wedding. I wish you the best of luck in all your travels!

    ~Nichole

  • 7 Lynn // Aug 20, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Thanks Nicole! Too bad you’re not going to the wedding! I would love to see your Terrible Towel in India and perhaps post it on my blog!!!

  • 8 Maki Ito // Jan 8, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Lynn,
    Very coincidently I found photos of Shimenu and you in your friend’s site. I have been looking for her contact long time but in vain. If you know her contact, could you let me know or could you tell her to contact me by e-mail?
    I have been in Paris from 1982 to 1985, at that time she was one of my friends and we spent pleasant days altogether with our pals.
    I live in Jordan right now and am planning to visit Paris in next coming April.
    Maki Ito

  • 9 Lynn // Jan 8, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Hi Maki,

    Shimenu is still in Paris, she lives in the 16th arrond. 48 rue Tour and her phone #s are: 01.45.04.73.97 and 09.52.42.53.26. I’m traveling right now so I don’t have her e-mail address with me, but I think you can probably reach her with the above info.

    Tell her I said “Hello”!!!

  • 10 Maki Ito // Jan 9, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Thanks a lot, Lynn. I just called her this morning but unfortunately no answer. I’ll call her again tonight and relate your message!

  • 11 Lynn // Jan 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I hope it helped!

  • 12 Passang // Oct 30, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Life is bed of roses, even rose has thorns. But it is a bed of thorns if it has no liberty. So in the seeking of freedom, I live my life at a place which is not my own. But I like the way you live your life though you are not talking about how to live a life.

  • 13 Lynn // Oct 30, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Passang, I don’t think life is a bed of roses for most people on this Earth because as you say, even roses has thorns and I admire what you and your fellow citizens from Tibet have done in order to live a life of freedom.

    I wish all of you the best in life and that one day Tibet will be free again so if you live in France it will be because you have chosen to live in France and not because you were forced to leave your home and your family in search of that freedom!

  • 14 Catherine // Jan 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Maya! Love your blogs.
    Question that maybe you can answer–How on earth can I get tickets to see Michel Drucker’s Vivement Dimanche being taped? Will be back in Paris end of June.
    Merci!

  • 15 Lynn // Jan 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Thanks Catherine! You can either contact Thibault by phone: (33) 01.42.65.58.00 or you can e-mail for tickets. His address is: tibo.reservation@voila.fr; You shouldn’t have any problems getting tickets in June!

    The studio is right off the Champs-Elysées. Studio GABRIEL – 9 avenue Gabriel – 75008 Paris. A good friend of mine use to work for Drucker for years. It’s great fun to take part in the taping of the show.

    All the best!

  • 16 Paul // Apr 1, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Hey Aunt Lynnie!! It’s your favorite nephew!! haha. Hey did C.C. already tell you we’ll be seeing you soon! Email me back so we can talk. I’ll have to go over to Mike’s to use his Skype to talk to you too. C.C. and I need your advice on some of the planning :)

    Send me your address and phone # too please

  • 17 pramanshu // Oct 18, 2011 at 4:18 am

    nice life style.I like ur thoughts.

  • 18 Lynn // Oct 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks Pramanshu!

  • 19 dude // Feb 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    just found your site because of the armour etch that has turned me to a eye-glass evangelical for the moment…lol you seem to be doing things “right”….nothing wrong with your sleeping bag, but a warm place with good people sure beats that. have a feeling your from the ‘burgh. if so maybe you’d like to hang out with some good people when you come through.

  • 20 Lynn // Feb 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Oh, Dude, those sleeping bag days are over, but I’m glad I did it when I did! Stories to tell the grandchildren so to speak, but like I said, no children….so, therefore, no grandchildren!!! That’s okay, my choice and no regrets! Besides, I have enough nieces and nephews….

    I guess my posts and comments about the Pittsburgh Steelers is a give away! Born in Southside (back when Southside was not so fashionable). Lol…. and I don’t get back often, I prefer traveling to new places whenever I get a chance, but thanks for the invite!

  • 21 Carole // Apr 29, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Salut Maya, i just found your blog googling French Quotes :) i will definitely be catching up on your old posts and trying to keep up with the new ones

  • 22 Lynn // May 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Thanks, Carole, I did pop over to see your Kooky Life – Spaghetti Tacos, who would have thought it?!!! Now your cupcake, mmm, that made me want to go into the kitchen and bake some. I’ll be sure to stop in again and get more great ideas!

  • 23 Sheilah // May 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Enjoyed visiting your site. My father was in Paris duruing WWII and revisited the city at the 50th anniversary of WWII. He always talked fondly of the french people and he had a love affair with the city of Paris. One day I hope to visit and begin my love affair.

  • 24 Lynn // May 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Sheilah, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with Paris as well and in Normandy the people there don’t forget what the American soldiers, like you dad, did for them during the war! And since June 6 is right around the corner, I think you might enjoy this video: http://itsallmaya.com/france-will-never-forget/ (I know your dad would!)

  • 25 Brittany // Dec 18, 2012 at 4:38 am

    I just stumbled upon your blog purely by accident, and it sums up the stage I am in life right now: Nomadic, treading on life’s highway wondering where it will lead me. I am moving to Paris in February – I do not exactly know what to expect, but I know I can expect a big adventure.

  • 26 Lynn // Dec 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    It was a wonderful time for me when I was leading a nomadic life, so I envy you! One thing for sure, you can definitely expect big adventures in Paris and I know you won’t be disappointed!!! All the best and good luck!

  • 27 Emily // Feb 9, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Hey Lynn … thanks for the comment on the Dystel & Goderich Literary BLOG!

    YOUR “About Me” statement reminds me of ME!!

    I too led a vagabond life, all career, no children. Back in the 1970s I hitchhiked around France and Spain and also slept by the side of the road one night. But I did have a rail pass, an airline ticket back to New York, and a girlfriend to travel with. We were in Bordeaux spending money on wine and I said, “Let’s camp out.” And she said, “Let’s go dancing.” In the compromise, we got picnic food, more wine and found a field on summer night with some trees for shelter. So with me wearing my new Neiman Marcus, designer raincoat, light blue, we set up for the night. Sometime early in the AM, it rained, so we went trudging through the dark, with my friend muttering about what a bad idea “camping” was, as we made our way to the train station for the shelter. The morrow also involved my sitting in the Paris station and watching all the beautiful French women with husbands and children, and perfect clothes while I was bedraggled and my beautiful blue rain coat was covered with nasty purple blotches from lying in the cherries!

    Adieu :)

  • 28 Lynn // Feb 9, 2013 at 11:09 am

    LOL!!! I love your story, Emily! I can just picture your NM raincoat! Thanks for sharing!

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