Gone Fishing…

Gone Fishing…

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Metaphorically speaking. Plus, I’m…

Reading and writing,

Moving and packing,

Painting and building,

Making and baking,

Watching and visiting,

Digging and planting,

And sleeping.

A LOT of sleeping is needed!

So, I’ll be back soon enough with what I’ve been up to. Until then, try to be good, be kind, be smiley.

Ciao!

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A Journey Through Fire and Ice: Part 1

A Journey Through Fire and Ice: Part 1

Ten days ago, after a five day adventure, we said our goodbyes to a country that captivated, mesmerised and enchanted us: Iceland!

As many of you know, a trip here has been on my bucket list for years. I adore wild, open wilderness, I’ve had a fascination with volcanoes, earthquakes and geology in general since being a child and I hoped to one day witness the Aurora Borealis. Iceland promised all this, along with a land that is steeped in folklore and fantasy. I failed to see how I could be disappointed.

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But I still worried.

When you build something up in your mind for so long, you’re bound to be heading for an anti-climax. Yet, as the first sentence suggests, we had nothing to fear. Throw every superlative in the book at Iceland and it still won’t capture how awe inspiring it is.

We experienced four seasons in one day, dipped in hot pools whilst an icy storm whipped around our ears, saw more rainbows than I’ve seen in a year in the UK and looked upon landscapes that seemed more like alien territory. We were hooked!

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And despite immense trepidation of ‘driving on the wrong side’, we hired a car and explored at leisure, naturally taking oodles of photos! These here are of the famous Golden Circle tour, approximately a 150 mile round trip from Reykjavik.

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Journey through Fire and Ice!

Journey through Fire and Ice!

Well, it’s finally here – tomorrow I travel to Iceland and fulfill my dream of exploring volcanoes and geysers and glaciers. With any luck, we’ll also get to see the Northern Lights!

Oh I hope it’s not a massive anti-climax after I built it up in my head for so long. :/

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Anyway, this is just a quick post to say that as I’m away and it’s Halloween week, I thought I’d re-share my spooky posts from last year, in case you missed them the first time round. And there’s a chance I may pop up guest posting somewhere too!

The population for the entirety of Iceland may be less than my home town, but they apparently still have wifi, so I’ll be able to catch up on posts etc when I’m not out adventuring!

And when I return, well let’s hope I have loads of awesome photos to share for Wednesday Lensday. 🙂

Have a great week / weekend everyone, thanks for reading!


Image Credits: iceland24blog.com

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Alphabet of Travel Snaps: E is for…

Alphabet of Travel Snaps: E is for…

EGYPT!

Some twelve years ago, my friend and I were heading off on holiday together and wanted a destination that was completely different to anywhere we’d gone before.

After tossing around ideas, we made up our minds and when other friends asked what we’d be doing whilst they got smashed in Magaluf, we arched a disapproving eyebrow above our monocles and replied that we would be, “…soaking up the culture in Cairo, darling…

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(Side note: I probably threw up more than they did… don’t drink even a drop of the water.)

I’ve had an interest in Egyptology since childhood. Part of it stems from the adventurer inside me, wanting to emulate fictional characters such as Indiana Jones or Lara Croft. Much of it comes down to my fascination with their ancient gods and goddesses, the associated myths and inevitable superstitions. And if you’ve ever worked in the British education system, you can pretty much guarantee that every child will study the pharaohs at some point before the age of ten!

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So, with a couple of days in the capital for pyramid spotting and then a week floating down the Nile, we set off on our North African Adventure!

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Alphabet of Travel Snaps: M is for…

Alphabet of Travel Snaps: M is for…

MADEIRA!

Although we holiday in Portugal fairly frequently, our visit this year to the main island in their Atlantic archipelago was a first.

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Five things I thought about Madeira before we visited:

It has a cake named after it.
FALSE –  there’s no real connection.

It supposedly has the perfect climate.
TRUE – well as far as I’m concerned. Year round high teens / low 20s suits me fine.

It’s considered exceptionally beautiful and full of flowers.
TRUE – the smell was also amazing!

It’s a major cruise ship stop.
TRUE – although we didn’t see any.

It’s only for the over 50s.
90% FALSE – but it’s definitely not party central and won’t appeal to clubbers unless they’re ready to hang up their glow sticks!

This last preconception I’d harboured for a while and it had put me off going if I’m honest. The thing is, everyone who talked about the island (and subsequently raved about it) WAS over 50 – until my friend visited last year and told me I was being daft!

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There is an older crowd (I do not know how they cope with the incredibly steep hills) but unless you’re looking for all-night parties and endless pub crawls (personally can’t think of anything worse), it would appeal to any age. There are plenty of activities, from walking and jeep safaris, to surfing, paragliding and whale watching, that will keep more adventurous entertained. And for the less active, you can’t go wrong with sunshine, stunning views and fabulous food!

Steak / fish, cooked on a stone slab is a must…and have you seen the size of the strawberries?! Read more