Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Writer Wednesday - Jaime C. Randle

I think I've mentioned more than once on here that for being a rather normal suburban public school, Mahopac High School produced a number of really interesting and talented people. Another one of those people is Jaime C. Randle of Bonjour Señor, a perfect little travelblogue that captures Jaime's adventures in Europe. She's living in Paris and living a life of love, adventure, and from the looks of it, amazing food. (She also runs the Paris Brunch Club. I don't know when I'll be in Paris next, but I cannot wait to stop by her flat when I do!) Her photography is just gorgeous, and her writing really augments the images without overtaking them at all. I hope you'll hop on over there after reading her interview!

Jaime C. Randle - Crandleberries - Bonjour Senor

Who are you? I am Jaime C. Randle, often referred to as Crandleberries by friends or Baby by both my mom and fiancé :) I am happy, healthy, continuously grateful for my life and experiences, spontaneous, loving, generous, feisty, caring, thoughtful, a joker, goofy, a soccer player and a lover of food and cooking.

I was born in Jamaica and raised in New York (both the city and suburbs). My parents moved to Connecticut just before my senior year of high school; this sounds like any teenager's nightmare, but I have always been outgoing, adventurous and adaptable, so it didn't bother me much. After university, I moved to The Netherlands for a year, came back to New York, traveled, landed a job I hated, met the love of my life, landed a job I loved, agreed (ecstatically) to marry the love of my life and decided to move to Paris.

Where can you be found online? Do you have a blog or other online receptacle for your work? If so, how would you describe it to a stranger you've just met while on vacation? I can be found on my online photo diary, "Bonjour Señor." Bonjour Señor captures whatever I want and whatever I find beautiful, interesting, inspiring or delicious. I can also be found at Paris Brunch Club which is my website for the brunch club I recently started in Paris (you're welcome for the clarification).

What inspired you to start writing/blogging? When did it happen?
I have always loved to write, so when the internet became a thing, it gave me another place to express myself outside of diaries and school assignments. I've written blogs before and abandoned them, but I felt it important to hop back on the mouse once we moved to Paris and once I realized that I was growing increasingly forgetful. Bonjour Señor serves as a sharing tool for friends and family and an archive of my thoughts and experiences for me (and one day for our children). The photo diary also forces me to keep my eyes wide open to the world--rather than buried deep in my iPhone--because I am always looking for the next subject to shoot.

Why do you write? To be fair, I don't write as much as I have in the past or as much as I would like to now; most of my posts are photo-heavy with a short commentary at the end. I have promised myself that I will write more, though, because it affords me both preservation and growth. Writing preserves my thoughts, feelings, motivations and experiences at a particular moment in time while also fostering and encouraging growth as I recognize the ways in which I can learn from those thoughts, feelings, motivations and experiences.

Your writing inspires me. Who inspires you? Currently, the people that inspire me most are chefs at my favorite restaurants and fantastic home cooks. Cooking is the art that resonates most with me and it resounds deep in my heart and soul. The transformative nature of raw ingredients to a palate-pleasing, brain-tingling, heart-warming dish excites me like nothing else. My current obsession:

In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? South America (all of it) is currently high on my list. It is the only continent besides Antarctica (I'd like to go there, too) where I haven't been. That isn't the reason I want to go, though. As someone from the Caribbean, I feel a certain connection to Hispanic cultures and I am excited to eat all of their food, meet all of their people, dance to all of their music, learn more about all of their history and soak up all of their sun

What is your favorite place on earth? "My favorite thing is to go where I've never been" -Diane Arbus

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