I'm back in the UK over 5 weeks now. How? What? When did that happen? How to describe this feeling, it's surely unique. Returning first to London and then Redditch, the latter being the place I grew up during teenage years and excessive twenties but I couldn't say I'm fond of the place.
Even after nearly a year of crossing the road with traffic on the 'other side of the road', I still have no idea of my current Green Cross Code and end up crossing roads frantically looking left and right confused. Rightly so, some drivers are crazy unpredictable. Surprisingly the internet has varying numbers of who… Continue reading POP QUIZ – Can you guess how many territories and countries that drive on the right side of the road… that’s on the LEFT if you’re unsure
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?
Well how fabulous, I finally found a website that allowed me to plot all the locations I visited on one single image! A successful 6 month adventure, don't ya think?
Just a little fun for some and much needed helpful information for others! Don't worry, no one is judging, I'm sharing 😉
This was going to be a short blog, yes, was. I've had time to think about my first impressions. I didn't stay very long in Munich, the capital city of Bavaria, and unfortunately for those of you who like the location, I didn't click with the city. Is there more to Munich than drinking?
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?
I've been a bad blogger, time flies during the good times and apathy descended when limpy [hurt my foot] or in a man-flu sick bed. Playing serious catch-up! Firstly, "Oh Switzerland, if only you were more in my price bracket!" and secondly, “as always, are you sitting comfortably?”.
Success! Interrailing comes highly recommended.
Rowan is on the road, yes, she shall talk about herself in the third person. She has over packed but still cannot separate herself from anything in her bag. She is overheated but would rather be hot than cold. She is wondering if the French eat vegetables and if so, where and when?
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