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Anne Stark Ditmeyer is a communications designer + editor with a focus the intersection of design and travel, who believes that travel is not about where you go, but how you see the world. Her goal is to help connect creatives across continents. With a background in anthropology, art history, graphic design and global communications, her work is that of a graphic designer, researcher, educator, editor, writer, blogger, tour guide, community manager and consultant.  With a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural approach in mind, Anne founded Prêt à Voyager (translation: “ready to... Read The Rest →

French Lessons: Tenir la chandelle

There are certain phrases that are just better in a foreign language. Tenir la chandelle is one of them. Think about it, what does “being the third wheel” actually mean? Tricycles exist. But the French version of the same phrase – tenir la chandelle – makes me chuckle because if you’re the odd wo/man out when hanging out with a couple, then you are “the one who holds the candle.” How romantic! French Lessons is an ongoing series where I teach you French words and cultural lessons while beefing up... Read The Rest →

French Lessons: Oh, la vache!

So drawing une vache is admittedly far more complicated than un trombone, but in my continued effort to teach you words while I practice my Illustrator skills, I went for it (and I’m not trying to deny using an image to help trace my cow – it still wasn’t easy). Maybe one day I’ll be skilled enough to give him an eye, but for now, he – or rather she (the word ‘cow’ is feminine en français) – is what she is, Oh, la vache! This has quickly become one... Read The Rest →

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