In grade 3 Jules Torti wrote her autobiography (largely about her bratty younger sister and Best Dog Ever, Xanadu), and never stopped writing, really. It’s the place where she digests all her travels, interactions and epiphanies. And travel doesn’t always equate a land far, far away, or a plane ticket (although she is easily lured away by Westjet and American Airline seat sales). There’s adventure at Jimmy’s Coffee in downtown Toronto on a Saturday afternoon, or on a soggy run through Koreatown or Riverdale Park. She believes that you can see the world and its rhythms, right here. Look, and over there too!
Her blog, Alphabet Soup was initially created in May 2009 as a platform to share her volunteer experience in Uganda, designing colouring books with the Jane Goodall Institute. The blog plot took a dramatic twist when she returned to Africa six months later to work at chimpanzee sanctuary in the Congo. But this blog isn’t just about Africa. There are nostalgic stopovers in an idyllic childhood in the country, breakups, breakdowns, bliss, revelations, champagne toasts, grasshoppers and piranha for dinner, chimp funerals, pangs of love, parasites, a quest for the best pulled pork sandwich—and musings on all that has shaped her in between.
She believes in living her dreams out loud. In technicolour even.
“In a sense, it’s a matter of getting certain stories out of the way. They’ve been with you all your life and you need to write them down.”
~Patricia Young, author of Airstream