Ive talked about this before but it was a while back. One of the very first posts I ever wrote on here was about traveling alone as a women. It was a little over a year ago and I remember how people were always asking me why I travel alone, telling me how dangerous it was, and how I should be traveling with a man by my side. It was always the same and sadly that still hasn't changed all that much. In the past year though I have heard more lines that go somewhat like "Good for you!" or "My daughter also travels alone" or "Wow, I could never do that but I admire you for that".
I have heard all the lines by now and I can say that it never really gets old. You run into some people that make you roll your eyes but then there are a few people who make you smile and wonder about all the things they know. Through traveling alone I have grown a lot, not only as a person, but also as someone with a wandering spirit. The more I see and explore the more amazed I am by everything and the more I crave the outdoor lifestyle. I crave it like nothing I have ever craved before.
I honestly don't know who I used to be when I was in school. It is the total opposite of who I am now and it still amazes me that I have come this far. If I was asked about adventuring five years ago I probably would have been to shy to leave my neighborhood. To go anywhere I didn't already know about. To be anything but this person who made all these promises that I never kept. Now I feel like I have grown into something more alive and real.
School made me feel so alone and forgotten and by traveling around and seeing the world I have opened myself up more and I have made something out of the shy little girl. There is so much to see and do. There is so much to explore. There is so much more in our world then we think.
Im proud that ive taken this time for myself. I'm proud that iv'e stepped up to the plate and ive decided to take time for myself. Im proud to be me. I may be born in a generation that doesnt like to go anywhere, do anything, or leave their little town they were raised in but I am not them. I'm one of the few in my generation who has decided to see the world. Be something other then a number, a fact or another person making babies. I want to be something in my life. I want to be SOMEONE who one day can say, I did that and I loved it. I want to live, breathe, and be who I am now and I am doing that..
I cant wait to see what is waiting for me when I finally am able to embrace everything that I love and be fully me.
On my flight back from new Zealand I had an encounter that made me realize why some people hate flying. It was my second flight out of the three I had to do. It was also the longest flight out of all of them. It was a full 11 hours and that meant it was time to sleep. Unfortunately though that didn't seem to be in my deck of cards for this particular flight.
I get on the plane, I take my seat and I wait as everyone else gets on board. I'm already pretty tired but I decide to stay awake and wait for them to take off and to serve food. Eventually everyone gets on board and the guy sitting next to me has not one but two cell phones and the entire times he's next to me he's on the phone with people. When he sits down he's talking away. When they make announcements for safety procedures his phones buzzing. When they tell everyone to turn off their phones his phone is STILL ringing. The lady that was giving us the safety instructions told him at least three times to turn off his phone.
Soon the plane takes off and I settle into my seat and watch a movie as I wait for us to get to where we needed to be and for them to start serving food. The guy next to me gets up and decides he's waited to long .he comes back with some kind of alcoholic beverage. I'm not sure what it is but I can smell it. In a few minutes it's gone and I go back to my movie trying my best to ignore him. He was pretty intoxicated already so I figured he was gonna pass out in no time at all. Unfortunately I was wrong. For the next hour he's yawning obnoxiously loud and won't stop trying to stretch. He gets up several times to go to the restroom and in all of this time he's stumbling around almost ready to fall over.
Eventually they serve food and after that drinks. He gets a vodka was an orange peel. The guy was pretty drunk as it is so when he got this other drink I can say that I wasn't all that impressed.
Within the next hour the guys toppling over and is stretching so far that he's about to fall to my side. Very loudly and unhappily I maneuver him away from me and tell him no. This guy was so obnoxiously drunk that he had everyone around him paying attention to him. I got a few states that I'm sure was to make sure I'm OK and I just tried my best to not ask to move. I was exhausted and I wanted to sleep. I can say that for the next hour I had a hard time falling asleep and it wasn't until he was securely in his seat and buckled in that I felt ok to get comfy. I was afraid that if I fell asleep that he would come over on my side and get in my space. Several times he got up, he stumbled into the aside, scratched his ass and his torso revealing his skin under his shirt and so on .It was so bad that I pretty much was needing to be drunk myself .
And I can say that once I got to Atlanta that I did get good and drunk .now I do understand why some people do hate flying. Of course that's one of many but being beside a drunk person is just not fun. Especially when your alone and just trying to get from point a to point b.
The first video is here. It is one of many and I think its a great way to start off the next few videos that are on the way.
It is a calming sort of video and I thought that seeing it as a whole video was quite nice. Its a sunset that some people dont really see all that often and I quite enjoyed putting it together. As always I do ask that you subscribe, like and share. It means a lot to me and would help me out as an artist. Thank you guys!
So. I am now home. It's super sad for me but I know that it was a necessary thing I needed to do. I need to go back to work, I need to be near the bf (truth is he's been freaking out since I left but it's all good), and I have some business to attend to at the homestead. Of course that doesn't mean the adventure is over. I'm going to be doing extensive research over the next few weeks to see what I can do about traveling and making money.
But while I am doing that I do ask you guys to take a look at my art stuff. I'm going to be making some changes and investing in some much needed equipment. I have a list that I would like to start checking off and to do that I would appreciate any artwork that is purchased. Of course all prices are now back to normal and there isnt going to be a sale for a bit.
I do appreciate anyone who does decide to purchase a piece and would appreciate you guys checking out my stuff.
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So if you are a L.O.T.R's or Hobbit fan that I must tell you that you have to go see Hobbiton. When I arrived I really couldn't believe my eyes. It was literally just like the movies and I was sure that I was in a dream. All these years of watching the movies, sitting on the couch just mouthing the words as the movie was going on, and just enjoying some much needed bonding time with my father as we sipped our drinks and watched the endless battles and I was finally standing in the one place where many breakfasts, lunches, and dinners happened. A place where magic comes to life for all us to relive in our homes whenever we wished.
Yet here I was, standing in the one set that they decided to keep alive. The Shire was made into a real place only just recently. They first build Hobbiton back in 1999 and really it was build to be a temporary structure only used for the L.O.T.R's films and then when the Hobbit movies were made they decided to make the 39 Hobbit holes into a more permanent structure. This was done in 2009 and to this day it is now a huge attraction. I remember our tour guide asking us at the beginning if anyone wanted to recreate the scene where Bilbo runs out of his home and shouts "I'm going on an adventure!" and I was the only one who volunteered . I did it was much enthusiasm and to be honest I had been wanting to do that since I saw the film for the first time.
The tour really is quite magnificent. You get to hear all the stories, you get to take photos, adn you get to enjoy the feeling of being in the Shire while your surrounded by Middle Earth. Its quite extrodinary and I couldn't help but smile the entire time I was walking around. There are so many Hobbit holes and there are so many wonderful feelings you get as you take photos and hear the guides tells stories about the Shire, the construction and Peter Jackson. O
f course at the end of the tour it ends at the Green Dragon where we got to taste some of their selections of beer and enjoy the magnificence as a whole. Really I would do it so many times. I would tour this place time and time again and I really dont think it would ever get old. Its just amazing and seeing something that you grew up with in real life, is like nothing I have ever experienced.
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