Locations

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First, Samois Ser Siene, where Django Reinhardt spent his winters in refuge. Django was a gypsy musician in the 1930's and 40's. Not only do I love his music, but his life has been an great inspiration to my own. He played guitar, and unlike anyone else, for his left hand was disfigured from an accident in his early years. Determined to continue his passion of music, Django redesigned conventional chord structures to fit his new limitations and developed, in essence, an entirely new style within the Jazz genre. By this, he became the gateway for American music (and thus ideals) to reach European youth and inspire them in spite of the spreading Nazi movement of their time. His tenacity, one might say, changed the world.

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Second, London, the home of Kensington Gardens, where Sir J.M. Barrie created his classic Peter Pan. Barrie's writing across the board has been a major influence on my creative endeavors and spirit of hope. I grew up with my sister reading “Peter Pan and Wendy” to me and, as I got older, I found treasures in his other works as well, so that reading him now is like the feeling of going home. 

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Lastly, Skellig Michael is an island off the coast of Ireland where a sixth century monastery resides in preservation. Need we say more?! But in all seriousness, there are countless reasons to go here. It was the home for centuries to men of conviction, who loved the Lord and devoted their lives entirely to him, even to the point of defending their sanctum from invaders on several occasions. It is a place of tranquility and profundity, but also dangerous to reach (making it all the more intriguing, of course).