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Daily Prompt: There’s No Place Like Home


Sunset In Barbuda

Sunset In Barbuda

I don’t do a lot of Daily Prompts, but this one was an interesting one, so here goes.  The questions presented are:

If you had the opportunity to live a nomadic life, travelling from place to place, would you do it? Do you need a home base? What makes a place “home” to you?

We have been considering various retirement options as we approach that juncture of our life. When we ponder, we usually come up with some variation of the nomadic lifestyle.  Whether it be renting apartments in various cities around the world and explore, or buy a sailboat and do things in that way, it always ends with that conversation.  We are slowly lurching along a committed path to do some variation, with the sailing usually ending at the top and the apartment concept as a fall back.  We have always been a bit nomadic in our life, living in 7 cities over the years, and we travel well together, usually just the two of us. So the answer to would you do it is a resounding yes.

Inside Passage, Alaska

Inside Passage, Alaska

The idea of living on a boat can be a traumatic thought to some.  The space is small, yes, but, you technically always have a place to call home.  Technically speaking, it is a mobile home base.  A home base to us, is a complete necessity.  When we go places now, we tend to book a B&B or apartment for a week and fan out from there.  This works well in Europe as the transportation systems are usually impeccable and heading out and getting back is usually quite simple.  It also beats lugging a lot of suitcases everywhere you go.  Grabbing a backpack and heading out is the only way to go.  To attach this theory to a sailboat is a simple stretch.  Dock in a marina and head out.  The difference is that you could go further with no need to return every night.  Once again, the answer to needing a home base, an emphatic yes.

A Possible Home

A Possible Home

What makes a place home to us is fairly simple.  It comes down to personal space and stuff.  The touches and familiarity can cushion the fact that home would generally be quite far away.  Stuff is important as well as they tell you that you are in your own space and you always have what you need close at hand.  Think of clothes, bicycles, golf clubs, dishes, nick-knacks.  You see reminders that you are in your own space, that you have everything you need and have a connection to it.

To sum up, there is no place like home, however, with the right touch, you can definitely take home with you.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh


Nothing fresher than a glacier in Alaska. The prompt this week is Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh.  The definition provided is “the definition for fresh has a bit of a fork in it – it’s a state (new, recent, previously unknown) and it’s a taste or sensation (cool, sweet, invigorating, refreshing). Fresh is definitely this cantaloupe (“melone”) granita I enjoyed recently here in Italy. It cooled me down immensely (and it didn’t hurt that it was delicious, too!) “.  Doesn’t fit, BUT, I have an out.

“In a new post specifically for this challenge, share a photo which means FRESH to you”

This fits very well.  Fresh can me refreshingly cool.  Taken as a panorama shot on my iPhone.

Hubbard Glacier, alaska

Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

Daily Prompt: Goals


A WordPress weblog with the TwentyTen theme, a...

A WordPress weblog with the TwentyTen theme, as rendered by Epiphany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This prompt from WordPress “Daily Prompt: Goals” dropped into my email the other day. This one got me thinking.  When I started this blog, I had an idea to create a personal storehouse to help Lori and I remember our various adventures and share them with our friends in some way.  I held to this for a while and then, miracle of miracles, people started reading about these adventures, people I didn’t know.  I soon realized that WordPress is a very large community, filled with people with the same general idea, that being, I have something to share with the world.  I started following blogs, getting involved in comments and, all the while watching my blog grow.  As it grew, I began to dabble in other areas of my interests, music, sports and opinion.  I eventually came to a crossroads in that I felt I was losing focus on my original thought for this blog.  I even went so far as to create 3 other blogs, splitting my interests in 4.  This did not work, we don’t get paid for this, and 4 blogs was like a full-time job.  I folded up 2 of them and went to a music blog and the original.  I figured out again that it was far too much work and folded up the music blog as well.  Now I am what I am, and feeling pretty good about it.

 

I still have the urge to track back a bit and concentrate on the travel side more, but, I really love my music as well.  No matter what I end up doing, I do know on thing.  I can’t see me quitting.  This is way too much fun.

 

Rock on my WordPress friends, and never miss an opportunity to go somewhere.

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape


This week the challenge presented us is “Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape”.  In the description, one sentence hit me as so true in my thinking in the past while, “the desire to disappear and run away, the need to unplug and shut off”.  To some this may mean solitude, or winding down.  To me it means leaving nothing on the table as life rumbles on.  See it all, experience as much as one can and do it in such a way that maximizes the experience and allows opportunity for that solitude, and the lowering of one’s stress.  I think we have found our avenue to escape with a simple sailboat.  I sincerely hope we can work this one out.

The Volcano on Montserrat, seen at sea off the coast of Antigua

The Volcano on Montserrat, seen at sea off the coast of Antigua

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern


This week we have The Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern.  We have seen a lot of patterns in our travels, clouds, lights, architecture, but, to date, we have seen nothing more interesting than the Mezquita de Córdoba in Cordoba, Spain.  A unique structure that melds a mosque, converted to a cathedral.  Originally started as a church, it was converted to a mosque after the Moors conquered this part of Spain.  It was largely rebuilt and then, when the area was retaken by the Spanish, it was again converted to a church.    A very interesting background and a stunning combination of various architecture.

Mezquita de Córdoba

Mezquita de Córdoba

Mezquita de Córdoba

Mezquita de Córdoba

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above


This week we have The Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above.  The obvious one is the above shot of food.  I chose to not be food for this guy and took its picture “From Above”.  This is a salt water crocodile, one of many found near Cozumel, Mexico.  Very impressive animals.

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up


The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Up.  The Amalfi Coast in Italy offers many looks that could be seen as an up.  The very fact that they built cities into the cliff side is amazing,

Up the side of a cliff.

Up the side of a cliff.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color


I see color is the Weekly Photo Challenge, which is not as easy as it sounds.  Do you go subtle, or bold or obvious or even dark.  Many choices to make.  Caribbean blue, tropical green, Canada white, doors, windows, food, flowers.  One of them will work.  Let’s go with a shot of the garden at Anne Hathaway’s cottage in Stratford-On-Avon in England.  We spent the better part of a day there in August 2008.

Anne Hahaways's Garden Cottage

Anne Hathaway’s Garden Cottage

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime


This weeks challenge is lunchtime.  Conveniently, I am an habitual foodtographer when we are on vacation, or any other time when we have something thoroughly enjoyable.  Here is a couple of shots for you.

When in Rome

When in Rome

When in Toledo

When in Toledo

When in Lisbon

When in Lisbon

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details


For this challenge I have to return to La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain.  The façade is amazing, to the point that it is almost impossible to do it justice in a photo.  I sat, staring for the better part of an hour trying to take it in, without success.  Very inspiring, very beautiful and hard to imagine the thought, time and effort that was utilized to create it.

Sagrada Familia Facade

Sagrada Familia

Full Facade

 

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