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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Origin of a name.

I'm often asked where the name "Maida Vale" derives from. In addition to having a passion for all things paper, I'm also passionate about travel in Europe. After initial visits in the early 90s sucked me in, I decided to spend a summer in London studying British politics and the history of the city. Choosing London was a safe decision given that a language barrier wouldn't exist, but doing so was certainly one of the best choices I've made.

I landed in a small apartment (shared with six other students no less!) in a lovely residential neighborhood called Maida Vale. Live music, amazing museums and galleries, and even Abbey Road were either within walking distance or a short ride on the underground. In a nearby area called Little Venice, there is a picturesque canal reminiscent of my former Indianapolis neighborhood of Broad Ripple.

Essentially, staying in London (and Maida Vale) coincided with an important time in my life—a time of new found independence, confidence and enthusiasm for travel and design. I have returned many, many times and will always think of it as my second home. And, hey, it also doesn't hurt that vale is pronounced veil!

1 comment:

Penny Pickles said...

i never knew that - how cool! thanks for sharing! life only gets better from here, right?