27th July 2010

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Things that I currently am now in love with

1. spending days in the park staring at the sky

2. not having a plan for the day and not caring about it

3. walking barefoot ….and jumping in public fountains

4. eating cheese and baguette for breakfast

5. drinking wine and smoking a fag at night

6. trying to learn different languages and not being scared to try it out wherever I am

7. The idea of starting a community and building a new way of life

8. not driving anymore and getting a bike when I come back to ny

9. getting my Irish citizenship so I can maybe one day move to Europe

10. Fresh milk from the cow

11. cooking recipes of learned while traveling

12. Making friends with stangers and talking for hours about adventure

13. I still and always will love puppies

14. mud wrestling

15. Yoga and Indian food

27th July 2010

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Its been a looong time

Paris
I was in Paris all last week and had the most amazing time. This by far has been my favorite city. Its just so beautiful and full of life. I took a 14hour bus ride from London to get to Paris but it was well worth it. It should have been 8 hours but ummm who knows…we made it (pretty safely) and for free no less. The first whole day we spent at an Iranian convention, I guess somewhat of a protest but im unsure if that would be the right word either. It was hot as balls but it was an amazing experience. Most of it wasn’t in English but the energy was so amazing that it didn’t even matter. I learned things that I really was kinda clueless about. I must have seen 4 separate people pass out, that’s how hot it was. They handed out free hats and umbrellas and food and water. The outdoor sprinklers made it a little more bearable. That night it was gay pride in Paris so we all took naps and then headed out on the train. It is much harder to get around then I thought, I just assumed Id always be able to find people that spoke English, so not true. We basically were stuck in the underground for 20 minutes because we didn’t know sortie meant exit. The fact that I hate asking for help doesn’t make it better either. We didn’t find any lady bars but we wound up in so sort of drag gay bar I guess, it was fun. We stayed out a bit too late and had to take a cab home….huuungover I was the next day. I’m pretty sure wine doesn’t agree with me all the time. On Sunday everyone else went back to London but me, Maike, her sister Netty and Pam, we stayed for a few extra days. It was so nice to just wander around Paris, drink wine, eat baguettes and lay in parks all over the city. I’m sure we went to dinner or something but hell if I can remember at this point. The next day Maike and I went out to breakfast, that was nice….then we spent the day just walking around. We turned a hour walk to the Eiffel tower into a 4 hour walk and then layed under the tower for a hour. Maike and I were late for pretty much everything on this trip so we jumped a train to get back, it was fun. I really loved Paris but I don’t know if I woulda loved it as much if I was alone, I think it’s a city that’s much better to see with someone (someone cute at that). Im writing a good part of this after the fact but when I look back at it now Ill always say that I fell in love with her in Paris J.   Im gonna stop here for a minute and say Im on a train to Calais but that it stops in some random city and I have to walk to another staiton, no one speaks English, Im proboly gonna wind up back in London  grrrrrrr. So I picking this up idk 3 weeks later…currently im in Berlin sitting by the water. I stayed in Paris a few extra days by myself and had a great time. I stayed with a music teacher and her friend visiting from Belguim. She lives in a real school and at 8am every morning I could hear the children playing outside. I had a great time with Amilie and David. We went to a beach one day and it was a nice break from paris. Each night we I had an amazing meal and even better conversation…I couldn’t  be any happier. That nite I made them margaritas and guac…they loved it. I’ve done this pretty much everywhere I stay and everyone winds up falling in love with margaritas after I leave. So far this trip I must have gone through 10 bottles of tequila. Im gonna stop here because its all getting a bit hazy at this point…ill try and pick back up tomorrow!

23rd June 2010

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Its Wednesday

Its Wednesday afternoon and I feel a lil like a slug right now. Im helping Viola make business card and going over quotes. I quite like this one

Pay attention to your thoughts

Because they become words

Pay attention to your words

Because they become actions

Pay attention to your actions

Because they become habits

Pay attention to your habits

Because they become your character

Pay attention to your character

Because it will become your destiny

Viola has this whole line that ties in but is unsure how to market it. So were inside for the first time in a week working on computer stuff. I thought Id love to have a day out of the garden but I feel like a slug. I had a hard time getting up for meditation at 8am…I may have had a few glasses of wine last nite, I hate feeling like this. Its really funny cause I had no more the a half a bottle of wine and I can feel it in my body. After yoga today I did visualization meditation….I really lost myself in it. As relaxed as a got by the time it was over I had a ton of energy. Im not sure but I think they way Ive been eating really effects my energy level. I cant even remember the last time I had meat…its not that bad. I love traveling around but sometimes I get excited when I think about going home so I can really integrate this into my daily life. Viola has got me on doing Nasel douches every morning and it really helps with my breathing. I sound like a crazy person inside the bathroom tho…word. I leave Wales in two days and Im really excited but also a little nervous, I always am when I go to a new place. But this will be nice cause Im getting to meet up with a great bunch of people and expole Paris with them…utz utz utz. I hope I dont die in Paris!

22nd June 2010

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Wales

Im still in Wales and I find it very hard to write. By the time Im in my room I completly e I feel like Im staying with family and this has been a great learning experience for me. I start my day between 8 and 9am with Yoga and meditation. Its been great because Viola is a very good teacher and I feel really relaxed. Yoga and meditation take place in her yurt in the yard and it is very peaceful. All the time I find myself taking mental snap shots of a moment but the sounds that encompass my day are almost more profound. While Im working I find myself getting lost in the sounds of the birds and the wind, even the bugs hum beautifully. After meditation we almost have a rhythm, I make coffee and heat the milk and V starts breakfast, which is usually fresh bread and jam. We then have a few jobs for the day, either we work together or both have separate  jobs. Ive been working a lot with my hands and building things for the garden, I love it. Its really rewarding to sweat all day in the sun and then be able to look back at what youve accomplished. We take a few breaks during the day and she teaches me how to cook her favorite meals. James her partner is at work for most of the day but he joined us all weekend. We had to clear a huge patch of dead timber and what not this weekend by having a bonfire. The fire was pretty unwilling to start so we just had to keep rearranging the pile so that it would burn. The next day it was still so hot that we were able to cook potatoes in the ashes. Ugh while I write I feel like one big pinneedle cause Ive broken out in some fort of rash, im sure its just from all the nettles I cut down but it hella annoying…. I going to Violas nite Yoga class in town so I gotta run! Oh and I made marinara sauce today…go me

16th June 2010

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So how do i feel?

Ahhh it been a minute since Ive had the time or energy to write…im really good tho. I was just in London for a week and Now im in Wales staying at Viola and James farm…its ammmmazing! Its almost like being back in Erraid here because we tune in in the morning and meditate and talk about how we are. I really enjoy it, its like home for me. Well if I lived on a fabulous farm with nice things and a garden and tree farm…yeah not so close. But I had a great time in London as well. It was my first real couch surfing experience and it was pretty amazing. I had the sweetest, kindest, and adorable host…she made me feel so at home. It was nice that she was a smart funny lesbian as well. She gave me my own room a key to the place and made me feel more then welcome. On the last day in London we went to a international bbq in Hyde park and had the greatest day. Everyone was from a different place for the most part and brought a food that represented their country. I being form the U.S. made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I know its a bit of a easy way out but it went over well and everyone liked them. It was really cute because for the most part no one had ever had one…i know…i know…how is that possible?…but true. We sat around drank sangria, wine, and mimosias…sweet. I really am just in awe of how everyone is so nice and smart…it just made me look at many of my connections with people…i feel truly blessed. I had only intended on staying in London for 3 days and wound up there a week…and didnt want to leave. I hope to many of the people I met in other countries and further get to know them. This is all out of order but I really loved all the street preformers and borough market. I had a great time walking around tasting everything …it was all so fresh. Somy trip to get to Wales was not so nice but it def. was a learning experience and made me feel a bit stronger, that i didnt just lose my shit. First I get to the bus station and a man drops down and has some sort of seziure on my feet. I standing with my giant bag and completly stunned…I had no cell phone and no clue what to do. Some one said roll him over so I did that but was kinda terrified cause he was shaking so hard. Luckly there was a medic there so she rushed over and helped. He was fine moments later and didnt even know what happened….I got on my bus. So of course I think I lost my ipod with all my contact info and freak out….I miss my stop in Wales and go an hour in the wrong direction. My 3 hour trip turned into a 9 hour trip…go me. But i figured out how to get back by taking to other busses so that made me happy. And Viola picked me up and showed me all around…it was nice. The last two days she has been teaching me Yoga and how to better meditate…I really love it. Im sore already and a bit sun burned but I feel really alive…and im excited to keep learning. Next I think were gonna work on getting her candle studio…im so excited. Well its 630 and I need a damn nap now…so until next time!

6th June 2010

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6th June 2010

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last boat ride :(

last boat ride :(

6th June 2010

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Joss :)

Joss :)

6th June 2010

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New adventure

Its my first day waking up away from Erraid, i feel good. I was feeling very unbalanced yesterday and a bit down after all the traveling. When I arrived on Erraid a week ago I had no idea of what to expect. By the end of saturday night I was thinking what the hell will I do here all week, this changed very quick. Before I knew it I was packing to leave with a lifetime of memories. I feel as tho that experience will carry on with me for the rest of my life, like this is my starting point now. Its not that I had any big realization of the world but I think I just appreciate myself more and see there is a huge world of adventure and possibilites that I have been ignoring. I was lucky enough to be staying In a house with 5 of the most interesting, warm and amazing people. There was an older lady with the most amazing eyes, it was as if they were laser beams. Everytime I talked with her and she touched my hands I could feel her energy, it was something Ive never experienced. I must say I like to believe in science and like to know there is a reason for everything. But some of the things I experienced with her have no words, im still in awe. She showed me how to practice elemental healing, and said my mind was very open to it.She said she could see the light run through me and to be honest I could feel it. Maybe that’s why it worked so well but by the end of my session with her I was no longer in pain, I went about the rest of my night feeling great. I know all of that is a bit vauge but its hard to put into words what happened. From this experience I also met a couple from wales, they too were staying in my cottage. I really enjoyed the company and felt really safe with Viola and James. Viola watched over me for most of the trip and I had a great time joking around with her. I’m going to stay with them in Wales next week, I’m elated. V is gonna show me how to better meditate and practice yoga, all while staying in a ute! I in turn am gonna help her with her workshop and getting a candle studio started…I feel really good about this. I also found another community to stay and work on in Greece thanks to someone from Erraid…I hope I can make it that far.Leaving my little Erraid family and being so far away from my family made me a bit homesick yesterday. I called my cousin and mother, then talked to ppot, I felt a bit better but was still a little off balanced. Sooo..lol… then I went and saw sex in the city 2…for some reason this made me feel better. Maybe it was just seeing the city or watching something so familiar but I woke up feeling completley refreshed. I woke up early meditated and came down to the coffee shop to write. I think I’m almost ready to explore Glasgow now…although really Im just ready to head to London…1 more day!

4th June 2010

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Isle of Iona

Today I went to the Isle of Iona, it was a bit magical.
I always think that it doesn’t get any prettier then where I am at the current moment but I’m always proved wrong. I took a boat to the mainland and then a ferry to Iona, I went with a few other people. It will sound absurd but the first thing I rushed to buy was qtips, I was in heaven for a few minutes! I may have really enjoyed indoor bathrooms and chocolate, maybe. I split off from the group and headed to the highest rock I could find at the water to meditate. I slowly am finding a way to make meditating part of my daily routine. I drank a glass of wine and just relaxed. I had a bit of a spiritual experience while I was on the island but I wont go into it because people will start to think I’m off my rocker, but the sun shined down hard on me today. Dinner was amazing and a game night was organized. I had some chores to do and then I headed back to my cottage. I found all my housemates in the living room and joined them. We stayed up all night telling stories and just discussing adventures and life. I’m blown away to hear some of there stories. I feel very connected to everyone in the house, especially a couple that is in the next room. Viola has been looking over me and sassing me all at the same time, I love it. Last night she invited me to her farm to me a woofer, and help start a candle making shop. Although I’m suppose to be home in a month and a half I doubt I really will. I feel more alive in this month then I have my whole life, its good. Its crazy I can even sleep at night now, and I wake up refreshed, I think it may have to do with my diet too. Well I’m off to go read…and maybe lay in the grass.