I read this at the open air exhibition on the Prague Spring and Velvet Revolution in Wenceslas Square. It reassures me that though I am a natural pessimist I can still be hopeful.
“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”
I like to keep travel diaries, but now flights have been cancelled, borders closed and people advised to stay indoors. I might not get the chance to travel at all this year. So I decided to keep a diary with notes on how the Coronavirus epidemic affected me and what I did that made my day memorable during the subsequent pandemic and lockdown.
For St. David’s Day, I thought I’d reread the scrapbook pages I had dedicated a trip to Snowdonia to, which my Mum and I took back in March 2012 when I was at university. It was the first road trip holiday my Mum undertook, and though it was good timing for the daffodils were in bloom, it was a bad time to drive as the UK was experiencing petrol shortage: on day six the petrol station we needed to use had “no fuel”. It was also our first proper trip to Wales, prior to which we’d only been to Cardiff on a day trip from Bristol, back when I was in primary school.
This quote by James Dean is on one of the benches in Wenceslas Square in Prague! Perfect for getting into the New Year spirit.
“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.”
Nativity scene in the style of Seville
Last year I chose to holiday in Seville for the Christmas season for the wrong reasons. I had never particularly wanted to go to Seville, and my Mum with whom I was travelling did not request it. I thought that it was a good city to stay in for day trips in and around Andalusia, and had the cities of Córdoba and Granada at the top of my “to see” list. Yet poor holiday planning – which included a flight out of the UK from Gatwick Airport on Boxing when little to no public transport ran – made it insensible to go to Granada: our self-catering apartment was not near the train station, Granada was 4 hours away by train, and a visit to the Alhambra was near impossible in holiday seasons without waiting in the queue well before opening time.
just as I started paying more attention to fitness here’s another part of my body to work on. I saw this in Writing Magazine at WHSmith while waiting for my train to work.
“Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.”
This time last year my Mum and I went on an “exclusive cultural tour of India” that promised “magical palaces, sacred elephants & the 6 most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites”. We had experienced two RSD tours – RSD runs tours departing from the UK and other countries in Europe – already, of the south-western coast of Turkey and of Malta, and were hoping that this tour would be even better. By sharing my account, I hope it helps you plan your holiday whether you are debating whether to join a tour, are going to travel independently, or fantasise about visiting India.