In my own words – places not yet travelled.

On Sunday mornings I allow myself to get excited about the world that I haven’t seen – which is much of it. I envision myself on passenger ships steaming into ports and writing in a spiral bound notebook my first impressions of the living panorama. Doors open. 
I flick through pages and pages of blogs showing me what I haven’t seen or smelled or tasted. It makes my adventurous heart pause and race and yearn.

Here are a few images of places and experiences I hope to capture in my own words and photos some day.

Keep dreaming;
M.

The Lofoten Islands, Norway.
The Lofoten Islands, Norway.

 

Stockholm, Sweden.
Stockholm, Sweden.

 

Kakslauttanen, Finland.
Kakslauttanen, Finland.

 

Cologne, Germany.
Cologne, Germany.

 

Moscow, Russia.
Moscow, Russia.

 

Godafoss, Iceland.
Godafoss, Iceland.

 

Nuuk, Greenland.
Nuuk, Greenland.

I’ve been away, been away too long.

I spent all of last week in the beautiful city of St. John’s Newfoundland. I haven’t been to “Sin Jawns” since 2006 and it was really great to see all of my friends again. I walked the downtown streets a number of times and I have the blisters to prove it. There was a lot of rain, but when the sun did shine, boy was it ever magnificent.

Between me and my friends Jody and Savannah we checked out:

Bistro Sofia
Smoke’s Poutinerie
Rocket Bakery
Rosie the Rebel
Afterwords
Freak Lunchbox
Hempware
The Newfoundland Chocolate Company
The Natural Health Store
and a bunch of box stores and the Avalon Mall

And of course, the popular touristy destinations like the Basilica, the National War Memorial, the Rooms, Commissariat House, Signal Hill, and more. I also got a special treat from my best friend Savannah. Savannah plays the drums and is taught weekly by a very popular St. John’s artist. She took me to one of her favorite spots in town to play and played “Paradise City” for me. Rather fitting, and I was so proud of her. I also met her drum teacher who was just as awesome as she described.

It was a great week. My eyes were opened to an entirely new way of life. I’m used to living in towns with a population under 10,000 so it’s nice to see how the other side lives sometimes. Turns out we’re all weird. Haha.

Til next time.

Love,

M.

 

The new normal

A couple of weeks ago my Uncle wrote on my Facebook wall and said, “Life begins when fear ends.” This was a response to me posting and saying I had to make several flights to the north coast of Labrador. Visiting communities along the coast was not what worried me, I just really hate to fly.

But I did it. And yes, I did get sick! But it was worth every second. The people I met, the things that I saw, the things that my camera and recorder were able to capture…there are no words.

Now, I can’t share any of this with you as it was a work project. BUT, I can show you the video that I made with the material I captured.

I let myself be okay with everything that was happening around me. I put down any and all guards and said, “Okay, let’s do this.”

I also produced this video back here on the ground. The ending terrified me a little, not gonna lie.

And today, today something completely unexpected happened. I went to the store to buy soap. Yes, soap. Please read on so that you don’t just think I’m a dirt bag. So I went to get soap, then once I did a little shopping I decided to go for a drive. I drove down to Terrington Basin (known as ‘the dock’ to Goose Bay residents), and when I got there I saw a work colleague out on the ice snow sailing. And well, this happened:

 

So you see, life outside of the comfort zone really isn’t that bad. I’m not saying I’ll be skydiving. But I won’t be pissing away my time in my bedroom anymore either.

Until next time.

M.