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Posted by intellisg on April 4, 2007

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“D’epaysement……Why You Simply Need To do it!” (Travelogue Series 2007)

Posted by intellisg on April 4, 2007

ad.jpgThere is a French word which I really like to share with you! It’s a word that doesn’t lend itself easily to the English translation, “d’epaysement,” a few years ago. I chanced on an article written by the Paris Bureau chief for the New York Times, his translation of the word felt just right so for ease of reference, I am going to quote him.

“The feeling of not being assaulted by the familiarity of things, a change in surroundings where there is no immediate point of reference.”

He went on to quote a French journalist who once said that

“Most people don’t make it a point to “d’epayses,” only to end up craving a home they once knew in a place away from home.”

This is unfortunate as it is true. Although one may even spend years working, living and playing in a country, their unwillingness to d’epayses ensures they never really left home. In many sense the word simply means to (de)countrify or (re)seeing. Read the rest of this entry »

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