OR BIG TREES FROM LITTLE SEEDS…..
It was the day before my birthday and I was blue. I was dreaming of far off lands where it wouldn’t be raining and foul. I was dreaming of exotic palaces and balmy breezes. I was dreaming of fragrant food and escaping….
PHOTO ABOVE TAKEN BY AN AMAZING “GUIDE” WHO PERSUADED ME HE WOULD TAKE MY PHOTOS AT DAWN AT THE TAJ MAHAL. AFTER MUCH HAGGLING WE RAN FROM SPOT TO SPOT FOR BEST DAWN SHOTS AND HE ENDED BY TAKING THIS MASTERPIECE. THANKYOU UNKNOWN MAN FOR YOUR HELP THAT DAY!
I struggled through Soho amongst the mad throng with only Xmas on their minds as they pushed and shoved, grim-faced, greedy and determined with their elbows sharpened as they gathered a gluttony of unnecessary “things ” for the festive season. It was then I had a Eureka moment. I quivered with excitement, escape was on my mind. I could just go travelling, save money get fit and bugger off in the New Year by cancelling Xmas. The Ebeneezer factor I loved and losing weight and getting fit a bonus. I would travel to South America in the new year to the heat. In the interim, my Spanish could also be brushed up. Easy. A breeze.
Items from Mexico and Central America in the British Museum.
Yeah right. You don’t know me yet, but you will. This was never going to happen.
However I was faithful to one part of the idea, I cancelled Xmas. Told friends and family not to bother with me I had a project on the go. They knew exactly what that meant. They saw that faraway look in my eyes, I had already left them. Now this seems kind of cold and casual but my lot don’t really get my constant howling at the moon, they are happy to go to just the one destination whereas I want many and exotic, so they are happy for me to naff off rather than listen to me whining, mewling and puking!
BRUTUS COMPLAINING TO ME ABOUT XMAS!!! IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS BUT IT’S VERY FUNNY!
Whether you are going on your first solo trip or not, you still need to immerse yourself in the project which means having tunnel vision (again excuse any puns!) This is YOUR thing, no one else has a say, you know what you fancy and you’ve probably compromised all your life. NOT NOW!
LIMESTONE SCULPTURE I WAS CARVING IN PHOTO ABOVE CALLED ADAM AND EVE, INSPIRED BY MY TRAVELS.
I gathered books from the library, pored over maps and got excited as a child. My son had been over in his gap year and kept saying to me I should go, that I would love Mexico and Peru, the food, the archaeology and animals. Everything!
Then I found out the season was wrong. It would be rainy in Peru and the whole thing had gone a bit mad and I couldn’t stand it anymore. I wanted the right weather. It was pants. I had invested a lot of time on this and made a schoolgirls error. I hadn’t checked the rainy season and although more temperate when it’s a bit wet it’s not to my taste. I was not a happy bunny but I was a stoopid one!
BELOW ARE CLUES TO MY RADICALLY DIFFERENT TRIP ……
My latest screw up led me to a more exotic trip than I could have imagined. The gods had again smiled on me.
Two months from -40 to +40 and all the mishaps, glories, trials and tribulations, laughing, crying, wondering at the wonders, eating, drinking and general mayhem from the old bird who travels solo!
Still can’t guess? Well it’s lucky you’ll be reading my next blog then!!!
The next blogs will be dedicated to this huge adventure spanning vast continents. Two months from -40 to +40 and all the mishaps, glories, trials and tribulations, laughing, crying, wondering at the wonders, eating, drinking and general mayhem from the old bird who travels solo!
OVER AND OUT FROM REBECCA.
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