Robert Vinet

A​ Passionately Curious Bloke

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Leave Something Good Behind

Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.

– Anthony Bourdain

An open letter to anyone who loves Anthony Bourdain and what he stood for

As published in the L.A. Times, 12 July 2018:

On June 8, we lost a rare, great man. Anthony Bourdain was a lightning rod of cultural connectivity. He brought disparate, marginalized people together and made the unknown accessible — some of the many gifts that made Anthony such a valuable presence in our collective lives, whether we knew him or not. An unwavering supporter of women and the #MeToo movement, Bourdain’s loss was a tragedy on so many levels, to so many people who saw him as a beacon of a new way of being. We share that grief and deepest sadness for his family and those closest to him whose pain must be unimaginable.

One of the most vocal and unwavering figures in the #MeToo movement has been Asia Argento. At the center of our community, Asia has stood, her fist in the air, fighting daily not just for justice for those of us she has come to know, but for abused people the world over.

Asia has now found herself on the receiving end of vicious cyberbullying and repulsive slander at the hands of internet trolls who hold her responsible for Anthony’s death. She has been accused of everything from causing her boyfriend’s suicide to trying to use her “survivor status” and the #MeToo movement to advance her career.
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Tributes to Anthony Bourdain

Don’t Eat Before Reading This

Good food, good eating, is all about blood and organs, cruelty and decay. It’s about sodium-loaded pork fat, stinky triple-cream cheeses, the tender thymus glands and distended livers of young animals. It’s about danger—risking the dark, bacterial forces of beef, chicken, cheese, and shellfish. Your first two hundred and seven Wellfleet oysters may transport you to a state of rapture, but your two hundred and eighth may send you to bed with the sweats, chills, and vomits. – Anthony Bourdain writing in The New Yorker

Anthony Bourdain’s extreme empathyThe Atlantic 

Tony Was a Symphony’: Friends and fans remember Anthony Bourdain – NY Times

“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody.

Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.”

― Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain and the Power of Telling the Truth – Helen Rosner, The New Yorker

Barack Obama honors Anthony Bourdain – Vox

Let’s talk about someone who could appreciate a Waffle House – Every Day Should Be Saturday

Anderson Cooper pays tribute – CNN

The more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn. Maybe that’s enlightenment enough — to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom, at least for me, means realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.

― Anthony Bourdain


“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”
― Anthony Bourdain

He certainly left his mark on this world, and on many of us. He connected with people. He was open, honest. He respected people. People who were real. People who were open, hard working, honest people. People who cared. People who were decent. He could relate to their struggles. He spoke to their hearts. He was privileged and he knew it. But he was different from other white western people. He didn’t travel to laugh at people. He respected people, no matter their means, culture, religion. And he passionately wanted to take us all on his journey, to share with us a slice of his world. To also see and somehow taste other cultures. He will be missed. By those who knew him personally and those he touched from a distance.

Anthony Bourdain was only 61 years old.

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