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Lejog day 17. When you’re bored of seaside and sunsets you’re bored of life. Chill out day in Morecambe

September 18, 2015 Leave a comment

Morecambe is v pretty, if melancholic. Amazing fish and chips from Atkinsons. Pottered along the prom. Enjoyed the views over the bay to the hills the other side and felt happy to see a wind farm offshore.

Spent hours on my least favourite activity – shopping. All online. Endlessly researching and making choices. But have decided on mat (exped synmat ul 7 small for £67 including recorded first class post, in case you’re interested), found cheapest place to get tent reproofer and got waterproof sealskin gloves for a tenner so was successful if draining couple hours! At least being in a beautiful location for that helped; when I looked up for inspiration, the sea and mountains were there, reminding me why I travel.

For sunset we found a small artificial promontory and watched the golds and pinks and oranges and blues and greys and reds constantly dancing and playing and changing over half an hour. I felt connections to so many other occasions where I’ve made sure to plan the space and time to appreciate the sunset. Watching the earth turn away from our star, our nourishment, and feeling us journey in space and time. Slight regret that I didn’t light shabbos candles tonight – I used to when travelling, even if they were just tea lights or even birthday cake candles one time! I shouldn’t let something that means so much to me, and is so good for me, slip out of shyness and feeling sheepish for doing something weird and that most people don’t understand.

But sunset was beautiful, and Morecambe is wrongly overlooked. And our couchsurfing host is very lovely and hospitable.

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Super curly hair! :D Fish and chips at the seaside :)

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And what a lovely seaside it is :)

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Sunset from Morecambe

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Last year / next year

December 31, 2014 Leave a comment

2014 has been pretty good. Trip to India confirmed that travel is still as important to me now as it has always been, and so solidified my plan that I will go away most years for several months. Therefore applied to, worked/paid for, and am now most of the way through a diploma in tropical nursing, which was something I’d been contemplating doing since I started my nurse training. Some amazing people entered my life, one in particular :D

Things that weren’t so great were trying to process where “home” is having spent so much time out of Glasgow. Helped me re-remember how much I love being based in this city, but was slightly disorientating. Also I was quite disconnected from folks, even during the times I was here. Just felt different having slightly uprooted myself from Glasgow, and I wasn’t great at using the 5 months I was here to be with folks. However the time in London gave me opportunity to put time into relationships down there :)

My hopes/resolutions/plans for 2015

  • Volunteer to help with Ebola crisis for 5 weeks.
  • Have a vegan month. And maybe do alternating vegan/non vegan months afterwards. Will be one of the months I’m in Glasgow – should be relatively easy given the venues and friendship circles I have here.
  • Start running again, once weather stops being disgusting. Plus regular yoga practice.
  • Cycle from Lands End to John O Groats.
  • Be a better friend. Put time and energy into the people important to me.
  • Paint my sitting room and have a flat warming! Only taken since I moved into my flat in 2004!
  • Go away again for the winter, probably leaving in November.
  • Write up my masters research for public consumption.
  • Spend more time being, rather than chasing the next adventure.

Have a great year ahead everyone! <3

Ambitions / bucket list – surface travel

October 28, 2014 Leave a comment

I’ve just started a new category on my blog. Its another personal, rather than political, thing. Just decided to keep track of things I want to do on here, my blog, as its already existing infrastructure/account etc rather than starting another account somewhere else. I don’t know who would be interested, but its my blog, and so I reserve the right to be unreservedly narcissistic as I’m not chewing anybody’s ear off. Equally though, if anyone who’s done any of these things wants to comment/give me tips/get me even more excited about them, that would be great. Or if any of you want to share your own, related, things you’re planning on doing, that would be cool.

I really like the feeling and sense of achievement of travelling by surface. It could be by vehicle – as when I spent 3 months in an old land rover overlanding in West Africa in 2001, or by foot – as in many and varied multi day hikes in Scotland. I love watching the landscapes change, getting a real appreciation of distance and feeling the place I’m in. These are trips I’ve wanted to do for a while. They all are doable, with research and preparation.

  • Lands End to John O’ Groats (LEJOG) by bike.
    Though I love travelling to other parts of the world, this wee island is pretty good too! I’ve never done a long distance cycle ride, but a very good friend told me about this one, last year. And since then I’ve been mulling it over. Well, yesterday I discovered that someone I know has done it, and that made it seem even more possible! And she’s about my size – I hadn’t realised before but somehow all those images of super fit macho guys doing cycling feats must have got into my brain and sub consciously I must have felt that this was beyond me. At least that’s the best explanation I can think of for my excitement at how much more possible me cycling LEJOG felt after finding out that another smallish female who I knew had! Watching the landscape change. Being able to look at a globe and know that I’d done corner to corner of that island under my own power*
  • Walking from my front door in Glasgow to Cape Wrath – the North West corner of Scotland (WHW -> CWT)
    Again, its about how much I enjoy the process of walking. The feeling of making progress under my own steam. The depth of landscape you see when you travel through it more intimately. The way my mind works when I’m walking. The challenge. The satisfaction. The beauty. The empowerment. I’d take the WHW (which I’ve done twice) and then there’s several routes on the Cape Wrath Trail (CWT), but I quite fancy one that goes via Glenfinnan.
  • Overlanding back to UK from India
    Don’t know whether I’ll have the resources (ie money/time) to do it after my next planned trip out there, but I have been eyeing up routes and it definitely looks doable, thanks to my UK passport. I was looking at India-Nepal-China-Russia. Would be a fascinating journey in its own right. This would be by public transport though – I’m not that brave!

 

That’s that for now. I guess I’ll keep using this new category to post updates on plans for this and other challenges. I don’t know how they’ll fit around my other life goals of making a positive difference in the world, but I realised thanks to some incredible people that my life can and must be about all of my passions if I’m to be sustainable. Also I’m not sure when I’ll do all these. A lot of that depends on the ebola crisis. If needed I’m prepared to go to West Africa soon after my course finishes in February. Otherwise I’d like to do at least one of these next year.

 

* with the massive assistance of science and technology to use levers to efficiently turn my effort into distance, over routes traversable because of social, political and economic factors, and that I’m able to do it at all because of feminists before me, and my own privilege in being able bodied and relatively well off. But somehow all that makes it more special, not less. Makes me appreciate interconnectedness, and motivated to reduce the oppressions that mean others find it harder to follow their dreams, or even dare to dream in the first place.