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February Challenge-10 a perfect solitary day

I’m currently away from base whilst visiting family and friends so am a little behind in my challenges and posts. Coupled by the fact that I feel lost at Internet cafes etc. – anywhere, where there are only PC’s, and no Mac’s! An Apple a day!!

But one of the things I quite enjoy is travelling alone: I hasten to add that I love to travel with my partner, but travelling alone has different rewards, including people watching. As we, of course, realise travelling in the main does not broaden the mind but simply narrows the bank account. Not so much the travel itself, as the exhorbitant prices charged at airports and particularly on planes for generally inedible ‘food’ and ‘refreshments’ – a word so abused as to now have simply the role of a cynical description.  However as there is plenty to ridicule on the airlines, it gives plenty of scope for writing. For example, the previous post on coffee, I think works quite well. BUT if the coffee had been good there would be less scope for cynicism and biting sarcasm!! There are of course interesting and positive  things that can be observed : on return to base with scanner to hand I shall recount my finest hour when I triumphed in the queue stakes at Fiumicino, and how a British Rail official made me smile! Honestly! You see, there is good in the world.

So maybe not an perfect solitary day: but a solitary day made the best of…..  tickets please!

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I love coffee…

I love coffee. Unfortunately I’m where they don’t serve coffee- on planes, they merely sell something with the same name. It has very little taste and what taste it has is a sort of burnt flavour: not roasted, burnt. It comes in a gaily coloured container with a lid and a small opening. The lid serves to prevent spillage-though spilling seems more appealing than drinking- but also adds insult to injury by reducing your status to a suckling child- I am after all, travelling steerage- and secondly forcing you to work to extract the brown liquid from its home. The only pleasureable aspect was the unitentional irony in the copywriter’s choice of adjective. Coffee- that’s rich!

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February Challenge -6: The Letter

Today’s prompt took me straight away to music: The Letter by The Boxtops (1967)

‘She wrote me letter said she couldn’t live without me no more.’ Great song.

Even in something as simple, as a ‘pop song’ (albeit a great one!) the ‘letter’ has weight..

‘She sent me a text . . . . ‘ doesn’t quite cut it , does it?

I write quite a lot – in comparison to most people, probably a huge amount. Why? I enjoy it! I enjoy it as a tactile experience. Also I know that many people like to receive proper mail, so I try to ‘do my bit’ and send postcards: usually with own sketches, and quotes or stories that I like. I enjoy doing it, people seem to enjoy receiving them. Smiles all round!! This one of my cards, at the bottom of the page. If you’d like to receive a card or two, then drop me an e-mail!

 

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Orchids & coffee at G.M.B.

G.M.B. is a very swish coffee bar/patisserie rather incongruously located on an industrial estate near Castiglione del Lago. We went there for coffee this morning: Lesley’s coffee and my orange juice, both arrived with orchids in the saucers…… now you don’t get that at Starbucks!!

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Bratislava – 2: hot coffee in noisy cups…. and garlic soup.

Woke to -5ºC, little hot water and no hot food left on the buffet…. great start!! But things got better, we found Next Apache where we drank coffee out of big cups which strangely made a comforting ‘clonking’  sound; like something out of a different era: like stirring a ‘vat of goodness’!

After two hours of sketching, guilt drove us to our next location where we ate cream of garlic soup! protection against colds and vampires.

(Neologism: ‘blood clot’ – stupid vampire)