I’m relaxing in Ericeira with Sarah for a few days and it’s time to contemplate the bubble I’ve just emerged from and the months that have flown by, during which I’ve changed in irrevocably. This blog is about travelling and I’ve kept it to being a document of places been, but now I want to… Read More Portugal part two. On fear and confidence; learnings through solo travel
I’m in Portugal, most possibly the last stop on this great ride I’ve been on. I’m staying near Odeciexe, a beautiful little cobbled town with white buildings and shops selling clothes for hippies and travellers. Portugal is full of travellers it seems. I love it. It feels like you’re part of a community, transient, full… Read More Portugal: time slips away and skin scars.
Again and again, I’m reminded that it’s people that make or break an experience. People are what make me happy. This time, I rolled the dice and ended up with a bunch of stoners. It was an interesting experience. After three days and walking in to the kitchen to see the six hands of my… Read More Seville, Mairena del Alcor, marijuana and the journey to Portugal
I feel sometimes as if I were a child who opens its eyes on the world once and sees amazing things it will never know any names for and then has to close its eyes again – John Ames in Gilead. I’ve just arrived in Seville, had a three… Read More Arriving in Spain and reflecting on my last Workaway. A month in Mauzens-et-Miremont, France.
My fifth Workaway is in the Dordogne valley and I arrived to an environment I wasn’t prepared for; one both surprisingly similar to home and one that was reminiscent of childhood holidays – strange for a place I’ve never visited. Admittedly, I had been to France three times in my life formerly, twice to Paris… Read More France: the first week of life in a chateau in the Dordogne
Strange that in my remoteness I seemed to feel, as never before, the vital presence of Earth as of a creature alive but tranced and obscurely yearning to wake – Olaf Stapledon, Star Maker (1937) I miss Slovenia and I’ve only been gone 3 days. It was undoubtedly my favourite country on the list so… Read More Slovenia: Ljubljana, Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj
My time in Slovenia been a real rollercoaster. I’ve seen some gorgeous sights, met some great people and faced some interesting challenges; through meeting new people, through bottling up my emotions and through working on a farm producing meat, when I don’t eat meat. It’s been over a month and I’m still struggling with the… Read More Exploring in Slovenia; what I saw from my workaway: Škocjanske jame, Gradišica, Materija and Kozina
I enjoyed writing my first monthly review so I’m doing the same now I’ve been travelling for eight weeks. I’ve now been to six countries; the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia. (Bosnia was realistically just five miles or so on the coast as I got a bus from Dubrovnik to Zagreb –… Read More The two month review: half way through and in Slovenia.
So I’ve arrived at Workaway number 4 and it’s an experience far from anything previous. The first day was 9 hours long and I ended up with the worst sunburn of the trip, the worst headache and consumed an abnormally large amount of white foods. Dinner was eggy bread. It’s since improved but pasta is… Read More Slovenia. Working on a farm is a full time job.
I didn’t ever plan to visit the Costa Brava but of course, plans change and for four days I found myself shaking sand out of my shorts and nursing peculiar sunburns where I’d missed sunscreen. We stayed in a hostel for three nights and whilst we had it mainly to ourselves, we also met weird… Read More A change of plans, sun, sea and sand