Hi, I’m Liam Brodentel and I’m a fictional travel writer.

No, not a writer of travel fiction (though I am that, too), but a writer who is fictional and travels. If you’re confused, don’t worry, I’m about to make it worse: Not only am I fictional, but this place–this website you’re visiting right now–is my fictional coffeehouse bookstore that’s also a cocktail bar at night.

Actually, who am I kidding? We serve cocktails during the day, too. You can do whatever you want when you’re not real. Scotch on the rocks with ramen and ice cream for breakfast? You got it. I’ll serve it to you here in my café on the edge of the internet.

Where was I going with this?

Right, I’m a fictional writer (and a research copywriter, but more on that later), and while most of my writing is scattered across the globe–either sitting on other people’s websites in the form of ghostwritten web content to promote their businesses or published under my own name on Medium–this is my hub. My home between travels. Where all of my writing and ideas intersect.

Stories, travel, booze, research. Not always in that order.

I’m not sure how you found this place in the virtual middle of nowhere, but welcome anyways. Glad you’re here.

About Me

So, I’m assuming you want to know a little background on me. You’re in luck, because I’m writing an autobiography.

What’s an autobiography of a fictional person like? Well, it’s part travel journal, part adventure story, but all fun. You can read each chapter here on this site as I write it but here’s the first part, so you can get an idea of who I am, why I’m traveling so much, and why this place is named the “Lost Balloon.”


  • Maybe True, Mostly Metaphor
    Chapter I: Wonder Close your eyes and imagine your younger self. How young? That age where you believed anything was possible. When you wanted to be an astronaut-veterinarian-singer moonlighting as mad scientist when you grew up (and don’t you pretend like you never believed something like that). Ok, you there yet? Good. Now, open your eyes again because I need you to keep reading the rest of this little story. Little you is sitting on a park bench on a warm spring day. Other kids are at the playground, playing tag, crawling on the jungle gym, challenging each other on…

    Continue reading → Maybe True, Mostly Metaphor

What about the photos?

About 97.6% (give or take .3%) of the photos on this site are taken by me on my travels. There are a very small handful that I pull from stock sites, but I always indicate those with the originator’s information in a caption, the description within the photo, or at the bottom of the page. If you don’t see that info, then I took it.


Liam Brodentel, Lost Balloon Café

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