LMF OrangeWelcome to the Battered Orange Suitcase.  In its very name, this blog represents three things that are deeply resonant in my life. Battered – as in comfortably broken-in from the pace and exhilaration of the journey of life;  Orange – rich and vibrant, a source of  energy and also my favorite color;  Suitcase – synonymous with exploration, freedom and adventure,  yet an interesting metaphor for the physicality of things – the particular space in which we transport the material ties that keep us comfortably tethered to the part of the world that we call home.

On a more practical note, I have owned a set of battered orange suitcases for the last many years.  Together, we have traveled to distant shores and back.  They have kept my things safe through my journeys and provided a necessary link that grounds me to my life in the face of unfamiliar lands.  And like a true life companion, my battered orange suitcases have never strayed or gotten lost (a testament, no doubt, to their vibrant color), despite the confounding number of non-descript bags which threaten to overtake them in airports around the globe.

So, Battered Orange Suitcase, contrary to its inherent implication as a well-worn tool used for transporting, is in this case, a destination – a venue for sharing resources, information, insights and experiences gained through traveling, whether out of country or out of comfort zone, and a means of encouraging fellow travelers to leave a positive and lasting imprint on the lives of the people they touch through their journeys.

Bon Voyage!

Lesley Ford – Los Angeles, CA

2 comments for “Welcome

  1. Shauna Storrs
    April 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Leslie, we sat together on the trip to Havanna. I can’t believe I did not get your phone and email info before we left. I did remember your blogspot, though. What fun talking to you!!!

    When I met with my son he told me about a man he had met and became friends with who probably works with your company. He is in Cuba building playgrounds for children. William Hauf, Island Traavel & Tours. Do you know him? If you get a chance, email back. I’ll check email once or twice a day.

    Have a great trip.

    Shauna Storrs
    (720) 201-2023

  2. Shauna Storrs
    April 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    …also president of It’s Just The Kids, Inc.

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