For the Flâneur
A person who walks the city in order to experience it- the passionate wanderer. The term flâneur comes from the French masculine noun flâneur—which has the basic meanings of “stroller”, “lounger”, “saunterer”—which itself comes from the French verb flâner, which means “to stroll”.
As a child, my favorite toy was a globe of the world that lit up from the inside. I loved to just sit there and gaze at the expansiveness of our world. What made this globe so special, other than its awesome multifunction of night light/toy/3-D resource for school projects (that came later); were the pictures you could see of the people and geographical landscapes of each country through the view finder that I could rotate to any position. From a very young age I knew that I wanted to see all these places and just discover the great big “out there”. Whenever I checked books out from the library they were always about deep sea exploration, the universe or people and other countries- Africa and South America were particular favorites. The common theme was always discovery and exploration.
So who am I and why have I started this blog? I’ll start by introducing myself. My name is Karla Sookins. I’m originally from Richmond, VA and have been living in Los Angeles by way of New York, NY since 2008. I’ve decided to turn my passion for travel, culture, food, fashion and life into something more. In the words of my favorite author Zora Neale Hurston- ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’, “You got to go there, to know there.” and well I want to go and see it all. I’m looking forward to learning some things along the way and I hope you take this journey with me!