Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Getting Some Head Space

It's been a while since I posted anything to this blog but I am finally setting aside some time to do so and to catch up with it all. I have still been taking photos and keeping notes so it's all there to share as I begin to progress with it.

For those that don't know, I took the opportunity to return to England for Christmas and New Year but have since decided to stay here until July. That opportunity came about after my plans changed following the theft of my touring bike in Barcelona last October, and some hastily rearranged volunteering with Workaway for the whole of winter, did not work out. I should have been spending the four winter months (from the start of December), near Perpignan but found myself at the other end of the Pyrenees near Bilbao and Santander. So, with no plans and winter approaching I decided to get the ferry back home from Santander to Portsmouth.

Once home I began reflecting upon all I had experienced in the six months in France and Spain and something which kept coming into my mind was Permaculture. I discovered Permaculture whilst staying with my second wwoof host in Brittany in May. Essentially it is concerned with growing ones own food but with a huge emphasis on earth care, people care, fair share and sustainability. I had always been a consumer in the past but that's all changed since I embarked on this cycle touring adventure. I am currently studying a full Permaculture Design course in Brighton and will complete that in June this year.

In the meantime though, I am already starting to plan the next leg of cycle tour and plan to go back to France and continue with the adventure from July 1st. I am already getting itchy feet!

In order to combat the moments of agitation, frustration and restlessness I seem to be feeling at the moment, a cycling friend (@cycle2everest), whom I met whilst cycling along the Loire Valley in July last year, suggested I give meditation a go. I have never really been "in-touch" with myself in that way before but I figured it wouldn't hurt to try. It might make future solo cycle touring adventures a little easier to relax into also. They suggested I have only tried the first 10 minutes session today but it seems alright and the website is very nice looking...