It’s Me

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You would think I would get enough writing about myself in my blog posts, but apparently I have such delusions of grandeur that I must write more about me…lucky you!

My uncle told me to start a blog last year after I declared myself a journalism major at Temple University (my degree is now officially in its 10th year in the making).  I refused.  Why would I waste precious energy writing a blog?  The majority of blogs are read by all of two people – the blogger and the blogger’s momma.  No offense ma, but somehow it didn’t seem worth it.

A semester later I decided to embark on a summer independent study and, low and behold, now I have a blog.  Through photos, video, audio and good old-fashioned writing My Food Has Feet is addressing the not-so-novel concept of food and travel.  But, it’s more.  It’s about the convergence of the nourishment we consume to fuel our bodies and the sustenance we inhale to feed our souls.  It’s about ecologically distinct climates, geographically disconnected locations and culturally diverse people.  Who eats what?  Why do they eat it and how is it prepared?

I’m curious, aren’t you?

So, this summer is all about the observation.  I’m hunting and gathering and I’m bringing you along with me.  I’m flying you to the deserts of the United Arab Emirates, trekking us up and down the plentiful mountains of Oman, dragging you across the Arabian Sea to the industrious villages of southern India and back again.  After you’ve adjusted to the time zone I am packing us up and sending you across the oceans, over the continental U.S. and dropping us on the densely tropical island of Kauai.

This fall, back in the comfortable surroundings of North Philly, we will delve into the research.  We will make sense of all we have uncovered while in the field and understand how it becomes a part of the bigger picture.  How different regions, climates and traditions dictate the food that is consumed.  We will look into how the globalization of the food trade is affecting the production and distribution of food all over the world.  And we will discover what all the words in that last sentence even mean.

So, yes, I have a blog, and I thank you for being one of the two people tuning in.

2 Comments

  1. Uncle Jack said,

    July 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    That is one damn smart uncle you got there.

  2. Brian S said,

    July 17, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    This whole thing is so Darla it’s killing me. I love it!!! Can’t wait to read every last sentence.


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