First "lesson" Thursday, 15 November

Nothing like setting a date move you toward a goal. My generous and patient friend has offered to come over a few times to get me started. I cannot wait! Will be nice to have a friend who enjoys playing share his passion and knowledge, allthewhile, I’ll get to catch up with him too. It’s been eons since we’ve connected! :)

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Loads of travel this year!

This year so far, I’ve managed to blow this goal out of the water which is amazing but on the flip side, as my boyfriend likes to slag me, it’s not doing great thigns for my carbon footprint. D’oh; good thing my vehcile is a bicycle?! :/

Maybe my progress on this goal this year doesn’t count since I didn’t have the goal on my 43 things list until now, but I think it counts so voila. I say it’s so and thus, will continue to type here.

It’s been so incredible to see so much of Europe, at such a low cost compared to what it would have cost financially and energy wise if I had been travelling from the USA (where I used to live.) Here’s this year’s rundown and hopefully I can share an anecdote on each adventure sometime soon:

  • January 2007:
    Savoie en France (a la French Alps)
    Zermatt, Switzerland
  • February 2007: South of France (Carcasonne, Narbonnes, Aix en Provence, Cannes, Avignon)
  • March 2007:
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Paris, France
  • April 2007: Belfast & Port Rush, Northern Ireland
  • May 2007: USA (Seattle, PCH drive from Washington to California, San Francisco, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Gardnerville, NV)
  • June 2007:
    The Vento, Italy
    Poznań, Poland
    Brussels & Werchter, Belgium (GO TO ROCK WERCHTER!)
  • July 2007: Athens & All over the Peloponnese, Greece (Kalvrita, Napflio, Monemvasia, Kardamili)

August: month at home in Ireland

  • September 2007: Paris, France
  • October 2007:
    Berlin, Germany
    County Cork (in Ireland)

upcoming:

  • November 2007: Prague, Czech Republic
  • January 2008: Barcelona, Spain
  • *February: 2008: Cape Town & the Garden Route, South Africa
Further wishlist for 2008:
  • Croatia
  • Turkey
  • Hungary
  • County Donelgal (Ireland)
  • County Galway (Ireland)
  • Scandinavia
  • Morocco

Lucky for me I have negotiated to extend my VISA and contract in Ireland another year! :)

I'm grateful for a wonderful start to the weekend

I’m especially grateful for a few things this morning:

1. a wake up call from my sweetie who’s not with me this morning. the next best thing to waking next to him is a thoughtful call from him and hearing his voice.
2. the hope I felt after reading a delightful email message from a old dear friend back in California whom I’ve missed and felt disconnected from for a long time.
3. an enjoyable french lesson this morning with Jean. It’s such a wonderful feeling when you want to do something, make it a priority and then follow through with success and enjoyment.
4. the wonderful view out my back windows, looking on to the vivid colours of my neighbor’s Japanese maple tree (i think?) in its orange and red brilliance with the evergreens contrasting its background.
5. my sweet kitty who lays right next to my keyboard here, purring. he can tell how happy I am too.

motivation challenges learning to play the guitar

i did some surfing and found some online “lessons” but couldn’t get past the wrist pain and my lack of discipline to find/make the time play. i think perhaps finding a teacher would help me get off the ground and then perhaps i could continue on my own? i feel quite lame needing a teacher to help get me started and motivated—but maybe it’s the best way given the way i learn and all i have on my plate right now?

i do think it would be relaxing and a great outlet for stress- so will hoping to learn!

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The first time I went to Greece

I learned that Greek drivers are even more insane than Italian or African bush drivers- oil tankers passing on blind curves on mountain road and passing multiple cars at once. It was fun tho- great excuse to drive like a whacko and not even stick out!

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