“Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot.”

-Neil Gaiman


Welcome to The Pickwickian City Sampler: Tidbits from Cities Around the World. The title for this blog was inspired by the eponymous character of Charles Dickens’ first novel. The term ‘Pickwickian’ is here used not in the sense of naivety or corpulence, but in the sense of traversing far and wide to understand the curious phenomena of life.

This blog is about family, food, travels, and stories; it’s about the journeys we take before we even leave home.*

In some posts I will share my feelings about a place then inform that with tales shared by my family. Sometimes there will be a post about a city to which they have not been. Then I might give you a story based on my experiences of the place. Sometimes I will give you both.

On some occasions, I will just write about a city, imagined and real places that I may, or may not, have set foot in.


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*Like my family, I too am playful with how I recount the past. This blog operates at the level of myth, of fairy tale: the places, people, and events depicted may or may not have actually happened, for stories are my preferred mode of conveying meaning.


“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

– Ernest Hemingway

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