Boarding Pass – Tiffany Iung (Tifamade)

Tiffany Iung may better be known in Paris as Tifamade, the girl who delivers delicious sandwiches on her pink bicycle. I was lucky enough to experience my first Tour de France with her (she comes from a family of cycling aficionados) and try out true crème chantilly together. These days she’s back in the US working on building up her business. She recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds to help upgrade her bike (see Friday’s post), make a new website, and creating more sandwiches. I love today’s peek inside her travels, from photographing bikes, beds, and collecting spoons! Thanks Tiffany + best of luck with the Kickstarter! –Anne

Tiffany with pink Tifamade bike. Photo by  François Coquerel.

home town:
I guess that would be somewhere in Indiana.

where you live now:
Denver is temporarily home base, but Paris is where my heart (and cat!!) is.

Let’s help get Tifamade Kickstarted! Back the project here!

last trip taken:
My friend and I made a little trip to Estes Park to visit the infamous Stanley Hotel (of The Shining). When we arrived there was a Jack Nicholson look-alike hanging out on the front porch. It was really unsettling. We walked main street, which includes a belt buckle emporium, and a place to get old-timey portraits made. On the way home, we stopped in small town Lyons for milk shakes and pinball.

next trip on deck:
I’d love to head to Pagosa Springs. There are so many beautiful places to explore in Colorado.

My boyfriend made me a travel-themed birthday card this year. He’s loves to travel. I’m looking forward to going places with him.    

one place you would go back to again and again:
I could go back to San Francisco tomorrow.

place you’d most likely recommend a friend go visit:
Paris, so I could be their tour guide.

Bike, South of France

preferred method of transportation:
I like to see places by bike. I’ve only made one trip, in Brussels, full velo style. It’s so much easier than walking. However, I realized when I was riding the bus in LA that I really enjoyed seeing the city that way. It’s slow, and you see interesting places and people.

Bike, Chicago

place you’ve never been but dying to go:
My family is Brazilian, but I’ve never been. Needless to say, it’s at the top of my list.

Velo tourism, Brussels

place you’d never go back:
I’ve only had layovers in Las Vegas, and those were enough to make me never go back.

My mom and me in Vernazza, Italy.

most memorable trip in 2 sentences or less:
Italy after college graduation with my parents was memorable. One of the happiest times I’ve spent with my mom and dad.

how do you prepare for a trip?
I try to find blogs of people who live in that place and whose style I admire to find restaurants, shops, and art spaces. I haven’t really used a guide book in a long time. Going to exhibitions is really important to me.  Also, I hate to admit I’m really vain. I think about how I want to look in photographs when I look back at the trip, and plan my outfits accordingly!

The cute doormat at my friends’ place where I stayed in London. They had left their house keys for me at the nearest corner store because they were working when I got into town. This definitely made finding their flat way easier.

how do you record your travels when you’re traveling?
The last time I visited London I actively recorded my experiences in a journal. I think having a blog sometimes makes me forget to write things on paper.

what is your favorite thing to photograph in a new place?
I photograph food, and interesting bikes, of course. I also have a series of beds I’ve slept in. That started on a vacation I booked last minute and had to sleep in a new bed for six nights in a row.

on an average, how many pictures to you take on a trip?
In the hundreds.

what’s in your “designer travel kit” ?
I have an old Yashica T3 point-and-shoot film camera, a 35 mm digital Canon, a pencil bag from Muji with my favorite Muji pens, and a Moleskine journal. And more recently my iPhone for Instagram.

what do you do after a trip? how long after a trip does this happen?
I blog pretty immediately, if not during a trip. I forget about things unless I write them down right away.

favorite souvenir/thing to bring back?
I collect spoons and menus. And I always buy a post card for myself at art exhibitions.


BOARDING PASS is a regular column exploring the creative ways people see the world and record their travels.

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