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Why have I been off the grid except for sporadic Instagram and Facebook posts? I'd left the stark and soulless Innsbruck youth hostel with too high an expectation of a help exchange in the mountains; positive, serene, calm and hopefully laughter filled guest house running yoga courses. Boy, was I in for a surprise. After 23 days, I can say easily say the hosts are generous of spirit; opening their home and providing food and accommodation but there were a few too many times when I felt like the hired help and to coin a blogger's phrase, this can be considered part 'thought piece'. My time in the Tyrolean mountains has been a slow 3 weeks. I left grateful for my fellow volunteers, mattress, the mountain views, the unexpected sunshine and my food but with a quandary; should HelpX or Workaway hosts explain their religious or spiritual sway?
Finally, to continue on from my week 1 experience of driving for the first time in years; a transport theme, purely by chance! It's a little too easy to write about a fun-filled 7 days so you could almost say this is a novella.
My travels have started and although I didn't go far, a short 283 miles as the crow flies to the Chateau de Jalesnes just outside the village of Vernantes and the town of Saumur. I have had the best first 2 weeks! I came with no expectations and I'm more willing to go with the flow than most but oh yes, the Chateau life is one I could get used to. Impressive place and so lucky with my HelpX companions.
After a whole 9 days in the Loire Valley, I can confirm I have consumed more red wine since arriving than the previous 4 weeks before leaving London. The busy life of a volunteer HelpXer! Thank you for following me and an apology! I know!! I have to apply myself more to blogging and less… Continue reading I had not considered the sun and red wine factor
Trying to plan a general route with so many opportunities and places I want to see is hard but my aims are to travel slowly, volunteer and meet people - both locals and other travellers. Here's a really rough route but more updates to follow whilst I'm literally on the road. I am so pleased… Continue reading Rowan’s rough route – first 5 months
The country truly is a paradise, in hindsight I think the spirituality of the people affects a visitor quickly by osmosis whether you believe it or not. The sun is hot, honestly scorching hot and I'm a sun seeker....normally! The humidity more than I could ever imagine, I'm sweating in places I've not before. And… Continue reading Bali’s plastic problem
I'd aimed for 4 years to ensure I gave the city that'd I struggled to move to, a real chance to impress me. And boy it did! I stayed for more than double the time and will be back. I believe the juxtaposition of me being anonymous in a crowd appeals to the extroverted introvert… Continue reading The time has come to leave my beloved London