The phrase drives me crazy when said in the comparison of one individual to another, that modern society has a sequence of events, pre-ordained and pre-agreed, as we humans age. I don't believe these are destined and must be adhered to or bad things will happen.
I decided in my little cubicle bed, like any product or service, I needed to 're-clarify my brand'. I've got lots to say and I want to talk with you! I combat my travel procrastination, my revitalised blog starts today. It's healthy to have an opinion. We can do fun, educated and eloquent, can't we?
Do you know what volunteering is? Do you know the benefits to you are huge? Do you know where to volunteer? I am happy to help!
Just a little fun for some and much needed helpful information for others! Don't worry, no one is judging, I'm sharing 😉
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