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ilona fried

Writer, Feldenkrais champion, Aikidoka and explorer of internal and external landscapes.
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When a Trip Ends, I Feel Like Cinderella at Midnight

When the clock strikes midnight, Cinderella’s gown returns to rags, her coach becomes a pumpkin, the elegant footmen turn to mice. I feel that way almost every time I return to the United States after being overseas. The person I am, or become, when I am traveling is not the same as who I feel … Continue reading

Reclaiming Dignity: Feldenkrais with Jorge Ferri

Sometimes changes of fortune deliver us into good hands. I didn’t expect to visit the Spanish city of Valencia, but my plans to spend a month in Barcelona collapsed when my housing reservation for the final week turned out to be a disaster. After spending one night in a hotel room barely bigger than a … Continue reading

When an Introvert Walks into a Bar…Learning How to Act Like a Local in Spain

Travel can reveal some painful paradoxes. While I travel to experience other cultures and see how other people live and eat, I often feel estranged from Americans who are proud to be locals and have inherited or developed a pride of place. I never derived my identity from my birthplace and often felt estranged from … Continue reading

Barcelona, the StairMaster of My Dreams

Barcelona feels as if it’s at least three cities combined into one. The steep hills with rolling streets and views to the sparking Mediterranean remind me of San Francisco. The downtown with its wide boulevards, plazas and ornate architecture echoes Budapest. The beachfront area’s gleaming hotels and contemporary buildings hint of Miami. I began my … Continue reading

Dispatch from Barcelona “Base Camp”

The films of Pedro Almodovar captivated me when I was younger, especially “Women on a Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”. The actresses he hired for that movie did not have traditional looks. One, whose name I can’t recall, had a slightly bent nose, a narrow face, and huge asymmetrical red lips. I remember being enthralled … Continue reading

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