Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
SMITH community member who goes by the name Miandering is taking six-word memoirs across the world, writing a new one with every country she visits—greeting the likes of Thailand with these six words: “Sticky rice at every meal. Yum.”
Like so many of the six-word memoirs, her bite-sized dispatches reflect a rollercoaster ride of emotions and impressions, from “Hidden gems make uninspiring city worthwhile” to “Phnom Penh. Caution: No traffic laws.” When she writes, “Brutal history both unspoken and everpresent,” I wonder if she’s in Laos, Cambodia, or perhaps Myanmar. She’s celebrated the most public of events (“New Year’s: drinking, dancing with strangers”) and the most personal (“Forty. Most seem surprised. Me too.”). As of February 1, Miandering seems to be itching for a new locale: “One woman. Myriad mosquitoes. War declared.” Follow her journey, six words at a time, via her profile, and check out her personal blog for longer posts and pictures. To Miandering we offer these six: you inspire us—vaya con dios.