We are back from our journey. JP has gone back to Glasgow to work and I am here in the flat, listening to the high school students outside yelling at each other on their way back to classes after a lunch break spent scarfing bacon rolls, chips and bottles of Irn Bru (Scotland holds the unfortunate title of having the highest rate of heart disease in Europe).
It was a great trip with some truly horrific weather. JP has given me permission to post the video footage of him dragging our sodden tent out of the flooded gulley, where the gale had eventually dropped it after we abandoned the nylon hut for the safety of the car. Stay tuned for that little gem, which has yet to be downloaded.
The wee caterpillar above demonstrates my current mood. I am in that dumbstruck phase that moves in after a long-awaited event has come to an end, and you can't quite understand how all that time went by, just like that. I still have a few more days before I have to go back to work, but already I feel it looming like a cloud of awkwardness.
Maybe it's because I'm now officially 34. Big 35 next year - half way to 40. The whole idea has me feeling down, and I need something to perk me up. Each year I challenge myself to do as many new things as my age dictates. It is one way for me to keep feeling as if I am expanding, changing, moving forward.
Here I am, at the start of a new year. I need ideas. What can I do this year that will blow last year out of the water? More specifically - what can I do with limited funds? What would you do if you wanted to give yourself a series of good, strong, positive shocks? What class would you take? What experience would you seek? Remember, I have already tried Balkan dancing. Overall, far too much bouncing.
I am taking myself to the cinema to see Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World. But before I go, here is a picture of the most excellent chariot, which saw us safely over many narrow and windy roads in the Highlands. Take a bow, Christine, Queen of the Fiats.
The hill at Snurrom
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