Tag Archive | travel

To The Not Impossible Him

TO THE NOT IMPOSSIBLE HIM

By Edna St. Vincent Millay

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How shall I know, unless I go
To Cairo and Cathay,
Whether or not this blessed spot
Is blest in every way?

Now it may be, the flower for me
Is this beneath my nose:
How shall I tell, unless I smell
The Carthaginian rose?

The fabric of my faithful love
No power shall dim or ravel
Whilst I stay here,—but oh, my dear,
If I should ever travel!

Laundromat art in London

We also visited London during our vacation.  Mid-way through the trip I found myself needing to wash a load of clothes so I went to a nearby laundromat.  When I entered the laundromat I was surprised and delighted to find original artwork on the wall featuring chickens and ducks, which included instructions for how to use the washers and driers.  Very whimsical and also quite clever.  Art is everywhere, you just have to look for it.  Here are some pictures of the artwork.

Sort out clothes, separate colours from whites

Sort out clothes, separate colours from whites

Shut door firmly

Shut door firmly

Add soap powder in A and B, fabric conditioner in C

Add soap powder in A and B, fabric conditioner in C

Select programme

Select programme

Insert money to start machine

Insert money to start machine

Remove clothes when operating light turns off

Remove clothes when operating light turns off

Put in drier

Put in drier

Stargazing

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On a vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii last month, one of the activities we enjoyed the most was stargazing on the mountain of Mauna Kea.   We chose to take a guided tour and leave the driving to the professionals since the road up the mountain can be quite rough.  Of the 14 people in our tour there were people from all over the United States as well as Canada, Australia and Japan.  The tour lasted for approximately six hours so we had lots of time to get acquainted with our fellow travelers, which is half the fun of traveling.

After an informal dinner halfway up the mountain, we proceeded to the top of the mountain where we watched the sunset which was quite spectacular.  It was quite cold at the summit and we were provided with parkas and mittens to ward off the cold.  

There are multiple observatories on the top of the mountain used by professional astronomers from all over the world.  The lack of air pollution and light pollution makes Mauna Kea one of the best locations for stargazing in the world.

After watching the sunset we proceeded back down the mountain to the visitors center, which is midway between the top and bottom of the mountain.  There our guide set up a telescope and we took turns getting a closer look at the stars and constellations while munching on brownies and drinking hot chocolate.  The tour ended at about 11:00 at night which made for a long but fun evening.  

Stargazing is both inspiring and humbling.  If you ever get to the Big Island of Hawaii, Mauna Kea is an excellent place to appreciate the beauty of the stars.

http://www.best-big-island-hawaii.com/stargazing-big-island.html

 

Movie Recommendation: Craigslist Joe

craigslist joe

 

Craigslist Joe is a 2012 documentary film that follows Joseph Garner for a month of travel across the United States, solely supporting himself via contacting people on the website Craigslist.  He spent the month without using any form of currency and without contacting people he already knew, relying on the kindness and generosity of Craigslist users.

 

Fabric stash

I added to my fabric stash while on a recent vacation to the Big Island in Hawaii.  Many people who are not quilters or sewers do not understand why a person would fly all the way to Hawaii and then visit a fabric store while on vacation.  I patiently explain to them the reason why, and my explanation is this:

Every fabric store is a reflection of the region surrounding it.  The fabric that you find in a fabric store in Texas is going to be different than the fabric that you find in Maine or Oregon or Florida.  In Texas you’re going to find more western and southwestern themes.  In Florida you will find more beach and ocean themes.  The local culture and geography is reflected in the offerings at a shop.  And even the regional climate and weather plays a part in the type of fabric you will find at any given fabric shop.  In short, you are not just buying fabric, you are taking home a sample and representation of the local region.

All fabric shops may carry certain similar standard fabrics but mixed in with that are the wonderful offerings of fabric that you can not find in your own hometown and that make that particular region the unique place that it is.   Sure, you may be able to buy fabric on the internet but the experience of physically visiting a place and enjoying its atmosphere and culture is what makes travel so wonderful.  And the fact that we get to create things with the fabric we bring home brings pleasure long after the vacation is over.