Olivier Grondeau

Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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  • Fluent in English, French; learning Amharic, German, Spanish
  • 24, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • exploring!
  • Literature, Archeology
  • From Paris, Île-de-France, France
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About Me


Vivre et m'en souvenir (live and remember it)
Let suns of peace rise above the horeyeson
Poetry, poetry everywhere and for everyone!


I like to be with people and read books and hitchhike and make traveling and writing plans. I am excited most of time for most of plans. My Patronus is a monkey.
I used to study literature and archeology, then I worked as a bookseller, then I quited to go backpacking around and here I am!
So many people following a hiking trail, living a kind of life demo... which might be very comfortable, and joyful, but I wish something else, I'ld like a life where beauties are popping up unexpectedly from a new landscape, a new story, new meetings... Let's go exploring for a while : )
Anyway most of time I'm the happiest man ever, drinking beers with friends on the riverside, reading a good book, having a nap outside on a sunny day...


Je ne suis pas sûr de ce que "ma philosophie" veut dire... disons que j'aimerais que ça, ça devienne et se maintienne comme un fil conducteur important tout au long de ce que je vis : trouver la poésie en nous, en moi, en chacun, en chaque chose, trouver ces fragments qui peuvent s'éparpiller soudain des épisodes les plus insignifiants, des fragments de beauté brute pourtant. Il y a une phrase biblique qui dit quelque chose comme "Dieu est en chacun de nous" et je pense que Dieu c'est juste une manière de personnifier le concept d'amour ; et puis que l'amour fait connaitre la beauté et que la poésie permet d'en témoigner. Alors la poésie, partout, pour tout le monde !
C'est Cioran qui note :
« En écoutant le bulletin météorologique, forte émotion à cause de "pluies éparses". Ce qui prouve bien que la poésie est en nous et non dans l'expression, encore qu'épars soit un adjectif susceptible de faire naître une certaine vibration. »
Avoir le pouvoir d'extraire de la poésie de choses en apparence banales, usées jusqu'à la moelle par les assauts du quotidien, j'aimerais bien. Et ça peut surement se travailler, puisque c'est de notre petit coeur plein de pluie douce que ça vient.


Myths, monkeys, lemon pies, words, maps, writing styles, holy guys, ud songs, prehistoric caves, Vana Tallinn, moais, beef, Mum and Dad's food, alternative lifestyles, understand people, sad roads, take a shit in the woods, the poetry of unfortunate lives, holy cities, vanilla yogurt drink, Parisian forgotten places, significant tattoos, try to find a way to live in this brave new world without being an occidental prick, and some others...
In one word: beauty. Looking for beauties. All beauties that life, landscapes, people, stories may offer

Music, Movies, and Books

- Beckett, Kerouac, Proust, Cortázar, Joyce, Russell Hoban ("Riddley Walker"), Bolaño, Faulkner, Jacques Abeille, Kateb Yacine, Ken Kesey, Boulgakov, Rimbaud, Bioy Casares, Saint-John Perse, Nerval, Borges, Arno Schmidt, Paul Bowles and so on and on and on and on!

- Cesária Evora, Neil Young, Dave Brubeck, Patti Smith, Barbara, Ali Farka Touré, Eddie Vedder, Noir Désir, Art Blakey, Hamza el-Din, Enoch Light, the Doors, Brigitte Fontaine, Anouar Brahem, BRMC, Donovan, Chinese Man, Troublemakers, RJD2 bla bla bla bla

- Planet Terror, Uncle Boonmee, Miyazaki's (favorite is Naushika), To be or not to be, the Lord of the Rings, Nosferatu... and Les Visiteurs for sure

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I've been a monkey once. Living in the branches, owning a lonely kingdom into the jungle, swinging and partying through the trees on Cape Verdean rhythms
But I became a human again

That's why I smiled at this part of "The Jungle Book" when Mowgli leads the buffaloes out to the countryside : "and day after day he would lie on the grass listening to the noises round him, and dreaming of old days in the jungle"...
Very nice book anyway, lots of poetry popping out!

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm up to learn anything... languages, landscapes and melodies

I know the basics of hitch-hiking, by heart some French poems, I'm not bad at mlking goats, I can whistle and count in Slovene/Arabic/Amharic, I play awale, I cook rice properly and make wallets out of bricks of milk/juice

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Portugal, Senegal, Slovenia, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, Sudan

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