I have been learning about soul food. As in, feeding my heart and soul. I know it is important to teach yourself about love and kindness. Of yourself. We make mistakes and we have hardships. This happens and is okay. We need to learn to forgive yourselves better. We spend too much time on blame and contempt. Forgive, forget, live again.
I have returned from my travels to Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, Spain. It was a wonderful trip away from the hustle and bustle of work and life. I flew out on the US Thanksgiving Day. I expected huge lines but really there wasn’t anyone on the roads or in the airport.
I flew Norwegian Air again. I have to say if you have access to this airline you should really use it. It is a great, inexpensive way to travel. The total round trip price, with upgrade, was $600. The upgrade included free checked bags, free meals, and free seat choice. I could have traveled for $400 if I hadn’t upgraded. However, it was very convenient that all that I needed was included in the price. Perhaps, next time I wont upgrade and just bring food with me and pay the $75 to check my bag. We will have to see about where I go next.
I spent a 5 hour layover in London/Gatwick. I have an old travel companion that I was able to spent some time catching up with over breakfast. It was lovely, though I was quiet tired and probably wasn’t the best conversationalist. My final flight got me into Palma airport in the early evening and I was able to find the correct bus line easily.
Palma is a lovely island with a lot of history. I enjoyed walking down the narrow alleyways and sitting drinking my tea on sidewalk cafes. The cathedral is probably the most magnificent building I have seen so far. It is beautiful. Huge gothic winged arches and pillars larger then trees holding up the massive ceiling. I also spent time at the Arab Baths, which really is nothing but a sign and a roof. I went to the beach and the aquarium. I even took a bus across the island to the Cave Drach. Here I took a short boat ride inside the cave. Super exciting.
I stayed at an AirBnB. It was in a fantastic location and easy walking distance to everything. My room was clean and secure. I felt very safe in the neighborhood. The only down side was the host smoked marijuana, a lot. Now I really don’t care if you smoke but when I have to go through a haze to get to my room it isn’t pleasant and brought the enjoyment level down a bit.
I know, I know!! I missed last week. I was too jet lagged to even tie my shoes so you will have to forgive me. This last trip (details to come) really gave me time for self reflection and made me draw within myself a bit. I haven’t felt like being expressive or writing much. I think self reflection is a worthy endeavor we all should attempt now and again. This will help us keep in tune with what is going on in your minds and body. It is how we grow into stronger, beautiful butterflies.
I only have a couple this month.
The Dreaming Place by Charles de Lint: This is a short book about witchcraft and friendship. If you want a quick read this is it. de Lint has won some great writing awards. I look forward to reading his other things.
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman: This is the second in the Golden Compass series. I have watched the movie and enjoyed the first book. This takes place, of course, after the doorway to the other worlds are open. Lyra joins up with another child to find what her father is doing to stop the Dust.
I am heading overseas and wont be able to edit this post. However, I did get a kindle version of a Douglas Preston book. I will add it to next month’s list.
So I am off around the world again. This time I am in Spain. I have a bunch of things planned and I can’t wait to tell you. The last few weeks have been wicked crazy. I have had a snow storm to clean up, some drinking to do, packing, etc.
I did go to a Paint and Sip. I had a blast even if my painting looks like a 10 year old finger painting. Beyond that it was a bunch of work and not a lot of free time.
Hopefully, all my hard work and planning that went into this trip will work out. I will make sure to take great notes to share with all of you. In preparation for my story I recommend reading Origin by Dan Brown.
I hope that your Thanksgiving was grand. I hope there was more food then you could eat. I know that we love and hate to be home and deal with the drama of family but some days, like Thanksgiving, it is worth it. To at least remind us not do do it again. Eat, Drink, and be Merry!
I have been thinking a lot lately about my life. I am sure its the holiday season. I have been on my own for a long time now. I have seen a lot and been to many, many places. And still I find myself wondering if I am doing it right. Should I have settled and done the family route? Should I feel like I am missing out?
While it would be great to have a companion to share my adventures in I don’t feel any great wrongness in being alone. Often I think if all the headache and heartache that comes from the stress of cohabitation. Is my feeling of loneness worth living with the drama.
At this time I am content. And I think that is what’s important. As long as I can survive there is no great need of change. Though if an opportunity presented itself I wouldn’t shy away.