Living in a Teletubby house in Spain…

Daily Prompt: On the Road

by michelle w. on September 30, 2013

If you could pause real life and spend some time living with a family anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us TRAVELS.

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There is such a huge world out there. So much I would still love to see. So there are so many answers to today’s question.  I would love living for a while in a primitive hut in Brazil’s rain forest. Or in a palm leaf hut on an exotic island. Or one of those conical huts of deer hide in Mongolia.  Or the underground city at Kappadocia in Turkey- how does it feel to live there?

But the one that I thought of first was of these houses that I saw outside Léon, Spain when I walked the Camino de Santiago. How does it feel to live underground in these Teletubby houses?  Is it better in winter when the snow lays thick?  Don’t people feel cramped and in each other’s faces in a very short time?  So I would love to live with a family in a house like this… but not for long…

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Travel Theme: Through

Travel Theme: Through

xxx Ailsa

“The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.” – George Bernard Shaw

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Lake District, England

Lake District, England

Madrid Spain

Madrid Spain

Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago

Menin Gate at Ieper, Belgium, with the names of hundred thousands of MIA of WW1 on it...

Menin Gate at Ieper, Belgium, with the names of hundred thousands of MIA of WW1 on it…

May there be peace on earth...

May there be peace on earth…

Inscription above the arch: “Ad marjorem Dei Gloriam- Here are recorded names of officers and men who fell in Ypres Salient but to whom the fortune of war denied the known and honoured burial given to their comrades in death…”

That was only the one side’s names…

“Through the stupidity of politicians good men die… “- The Rider… today

Just some of the places I have been through on my travels…

Sensitive Me…

Daily Prompt: Super Sensitive

by michelle w. on September 16, 2013

If you were forced to give up one sense, but gain super-sensitivity in another, which senses would you choose?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SENSITIVE.

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I am getting the Deja Vu feeling again… The last time I answered so beautifully that I would not like to lose one sense, as I would love to keep on seeing the beauty of the world around me, to listen to the music (Justin Bieber and Miley Cirus would be an acceptable loss of senses…)  I would still love to smell the roses and a freshly ground coffee, or a bread fresh from the oven. I would love to taste all the dishes of the world worthy of Masterchef, and I would love to keep on feeling the touch of the woman I love…

So… I will go with the photo challenge instead- Sensitive…

A photo never seen before in public- This IS my happy face:

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Ok… I had a good excuse, it was when I had just finished the Camino de Santiago, so I was extremely tired. But I really wanted to see Finisterre, so I took the bus there (out of time to walk the 78 km). So- this photo could also be used for the Weekly Photo Challenge- Inside… Inside the Bus… Inside the Bus Station in Santiago de Campostela.

That is why I did not publish a selfie yesterday- children might weep…  What I wanted to see might also not look like much. But this is the Westernmost point of the Europe continent- from here on it is just Atlantic ocean till you reach the shores of the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. (Bill Gates, if you read this and feel proud or deeply moved, please send an airline ticket, so many of my Bucket List Items are still to be seen in America, and I have never had the chance or change to go to the USA,…)

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How will you know this is not just the beach at Hermanus? Same ocean…  Any pilgrim who went the whole way of the Camino to the 0.00 km marker will recognize this:

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So what does this all have to do with Sensitivity? Well, I did walk 317 km to get into touch with my inner self, my deeper feelings and all that… you should too!  Sometimes we need to step aside from our busy path, and take some time to just BE…  We need to be sensitive sometimes, otherwise we miss the whole experience of this one life we have on earth.

So: BE a pilgrim, struggle forward, reach your destiny…

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Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Bare

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/eses-weekly-shoot-quote-challenge-bare/

Prompt 5 – BARE

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. /K.Gibran/

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In 2011 I walked a part of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. This old pilgrim route of more than 1000 years old was for me a life changing experience. One of the old traditions that I read about, was that when you finished the route at the Cathedral in Santiago, you walk on to Finisterre, the most western point of the European Continent.  And when you reach the Atlantic Ocean, and can walk no further, the tradition says that you must burn your old clothes, and jump BARE into the sea. When you come out of the ocean, you dress in new clothes, and start a new life.

I found the tradition a little hard to do. Where the most western point is, there is really high cliffs and a dangerous current- if you jump into the ocean there, your body will travel to Ireland or the USA, but you will emerge playing a harp somewhere on the other side of the clouds… 🙂

So- people burn a sock symbolically at the lighthouse at Finisterre. (which is forbidden, but tolerated…)

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Other pilgrims burning their socks at Finisterre, see- you would not want to jump into the ocean here…

As a true pilgrim, I went for the whole experience. The sock was burned. And then I went for the BARE at the back side of the harbour wall at Fisterra, the nearest safe place to do that. Of course- the Spanish authorities also BAN your ARSE of swimming there- look:

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But a true pilgrim find a way forward. So I found the harbour wall:

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And left all my walking clothes on the dry land, while the ME got BARE into the ocean…

ImageAnd no, I did not try a selfie butt-naked BARE, I am still a shy SAFFA…

So that is my story of BARE, hope it is in the field of play for this one… 🙂

These boots…

Daily Prompt: These Boots Were Made for Walking

by michelle w. on August 24, 2013

Tell us about your favorite pair of shoes, and where they’ve taken you.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us WALK.

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My favourite boots EVER is the Wolverine Fortis pair that I bought for doing the Camino de Santiago in 2011.  It has taken me on the French Route of the Camino de Santiago in Spain, and has given me 2 more years of service, and still going strong…

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Wolverine is so impressed with their boots they offered a guarantee: if it is not the best shoes you have ever owned, they would return your money in the first month. Mine is extremely comfortable! There is only one problem- and it is not the boots’ fault. I bought mine the right size, which is a size too small when you are walking downhill loaded with a backpack!

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With all the Gore Tex and adjustable inner soles, this is really an awesome pair of footwear!

 (I was also just playing around with my camera for the weekly photo challenge on focus…)

WALK:  (the effect of walking with a size too small boots- taken at Villafranca del Bierzo next to the stream…

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So if the good people at Wolverine ever read this- I would love a size 9 pair of  these lovely boots, please?

The Bridges on the Camino de Santiago

Cee’s Which Way Challenge Week 7

http://www.ceephotography.com/2013/08/21/cees-which-way-challenge-week-7/

“The idea behind this challenge is to show off the actual road, bridge, walkway, tracks, etc.  I don’t want to see main topic to be the people, cars, trains.  Searching for which ways I find it gives me a new way of looking at how we move around and what wonderful ways we have found ways to travel as well as beautify our world.”

One of Cee’s options:

  • Bridges (any view)

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On The Way Challenge I just can’t seem to escape from the Camino de Santiago experience… So here is my entry for this week: just a few bridges on the Camino…

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A road, a railway and a bridge on the Camino in one shot… and one single hiker way in front of me…

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The famous bridge at Hospital de Orbigo, where knights jousted on this bridge…

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Bridge into the beautiful town of Molinaseca

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The bridge high above the ancient town of Ruitelan…

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Small bridge just outside Ruitelan, at the beginning of the climb up O’ Cerbreiro

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The two bridges into Portomarin…

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And finally- the bridge into Melide…

Reflections…

Daily Prompt: Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall

by michelle w. on August 14, 2013

Think of your blog as a mirror: what does it reveal? Consider your blog name, theme choice, design, bio, posts… what does every element tell you about yourself?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us REFLECTIONS.
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My Blog Name reflects who I really want to be.  From a very young age I have enjoyed speed, and any vehicle that could take me across the horizon. When i was at school, I rode miles and miles on my bicycle, while wishing for my first motorbike.  When that first motorbike arrived in my life, it was the first real taste of FREEDOM. Freedom to travel, freedom to explore. Freedom to feel the wind on your face, and the ground rushing by…

I love to Ride! Motorbikes, bicycles, horses, cars…  and especially airplanes!   I love to go away from home, seeing new places.

But- I have a full time job, almost going at seven days a week, some days more than 14 hours- like almost every Tuesday. So my blog keeps me sane. Sometimes I can just rush in and read a blog or two between appointments.  Sometimes I just have time to answer a comment on my cellphone.

But my blog keeps me in touch of what really matters in my life- other people, great experiences of life, people visiting places I have dreamed about, some even on my Bucket List as places I would really like to see.

My theme-  I try to keep it as easy to read as possible- the Book Light theme works for me. I love that it is black on white and easily readable. I love that the widgets is all at the bottom, only people who want to can scroll around there, it is more for me to find my way around anyway…

My avatar- The Blogs full name is Rider of the Sorrel Horse, and you can read the story of why on one of the main pages of my blog. I think I have always been a little Attention Deficient or what ADD or ADHD may stand for- My brain is rushing around in my skull at maximum speed all the time, with some weird associations all the time. I looked for a Sorrel Horse as a recognizable avatar, and found this chess piece selling on ebay…  and it made sense to me.

The Bio says a lot about me, while still trying to be being slightly anonymous.  But a lot of friends and some enemies have found it extremely easy to track me down.  I do not say anything on my blog to hurt anyone or things that are not true anyway.

I post too much, I know. I love the Daily Prompt. And I love to test my photos on the wider audience, because I try to get to be a better photographer. And when I post so much, I am usually writing to escape a bout of depression or longing for freedom.   I write to not feel trapped in my own little world…  Does it make sense?

My blog is a very true reflection of the real me I want to be.  Although in real life I am much more quiet and introvert…

Lets face it- I just want to Ride!

Reflection: nearly every pilgrim takes a photo like this on the Camino- here is mine…

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So if you have not fallen asleep by reading this, go read some better answers to the question of today’s daily prompt here:

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  7. that’s me in the spotlight | bodhisattvaintraining
  8. Mirror Mirror On The Wall | suzie81’s Blog
  9. Pride | cellarfloor
  10. Crystal World | Foto Challenge
  11. The Sights You Will See | Good2begone
  12. Right Back Atcha | JuSt ViSiTiNG THiS PLaNeT…
  13. Daily Prompt: Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall | Life & Times
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Travel theme: Architecture

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I would like to share some Spanish Architecture with you this week:  (as seen on my Camino de Santiago in 2011…)

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The Prado museum in Madrid

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Léon Cathedral

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Inside Léon Cathedral

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Classical Cathedral in Astorga

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Next door- the Gaudi Cathedral in Astorga

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A Spanish Country Estate, the DIY Enthusiast’s dream, at a give-away price for the distinguished gentleman…