Algeria – Day 2

Thursday January 26, 2017 The weather was bright when I woke up and opened the curtains. I got ready as soon as possible to enjoy the sunny terrace of the hotel for my breakfast, with a breathtaking view on the Hamma Botanic Garden. I was trying to project myself into this day of visit of … Continue reading Algeria – Day 2

Algeria – Day 1

Wednesday, January 25, 2017. It was a gorgeous and sunny day when I landed at Boumediene airport in Algiers. While putting my first foot on the tarmac, a chilled wintry wind graciously brought me my first breath of Algerian oxygen; and the sun, at its zenith, covered my skin with it’s warm light after more … Continue reading Algeria – Day 1

So far, so good.

So it's decided, I'm going to Algeria with Nassima. Another daring choice, a leap into the unknown. Going alone and spending a few days walking around Algiers was my first intention. But going with her, meeting her family and perhaps meeting Mohammed has a totally different symbolic and a much deeper meaning. Although I was … Continue reading So far, so good.

The call of the land.

I have always thought that happiness is not a destination that we reach once and for all after a long journey leading to a state of permanent ecstasy. For me, happiness is rare. It’s moments. A few hours at most that we remember for the rest of our lives: a memorable family dinner, a wedding, … Continue reading The call of the land.

The two shores.

Years have passed since I met Nassima. I feel happy in my expatriate life that allows me to feed my devouring passion of travel and discovery. My new social environment fulfills me; I meet people from all over the world, we become friends and build strong and unique relationships that still exist today. From business … Continue reading The two shores.

The tattoos (1)

Shortly after meeting Nassima I pursued my destiny and my thirst for adventure: I left everything to live 12,000 km from my beloved France. This great departure for Asia is one of the best decisions of my life, because I am still there and am deeply attached to this continent and to the life that … Continue reading The tattoos (1)

Letter to my baby self.

Little man, I think about you since a long time. I never wrote to you, but I talk to you every day. I know that you are just born, that you are alone and that you don’t know what is going on around you; I hope that the thoughts that I send to you every … Continue reading Letter to my baby self.

Finally, I know.

I was captivated by her eyes. What a strange feeling to recognize oneself in the eyes of another person. I had a feeling of plenitude. We were two strangers but deeply so close. I will remember forever those seconds when we were immersed in each other's eyes. Then spontaneously I asked her: "What happened in … Continue reading Finally, I know.

Forgive me.

Here I am. It's a beautiful day for January in Paris. I look out the window to admire the clear blue sky of this wintry afternoon. I try to distract myself, to think of something else, to daydream. I stupidly try to convince myself that I must relax, but there's nothing more normal than being … Continue reading Forgive me.

The Letters

It took me a while to figure out how I would write this post about the letters exchange I had with my birth mother before we meet. Making a full transcript slowly became obvious. I wrote my letter end of October 2008, the same day I received the call that changed my life. She replied to … Continue reading The Letters