|A sight I could watch every evening for the rest of my life.
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
As I begin the laborious task of sorting through my images and typing up my journal entries (don't worry, I'll backdate them as usual), I want to share one image.
This is the sun setting over Malin Head, the northernmost point of Ireland, a remote and isolated place. The kind of place where the pub sells wood adhesive and cement in addition to pints and cigarettes. The kind of place where the air tastes of salt and you can always hear either the wind or the waves.
Or a souped-up Honda Accord doing 160 km/hr in the dark down a wet, pothole-laced, single-lane road with no street lights.
Anyway, it's gorgeous.
One thing that's always made me curious about the British experience is that everything over there seems to have more Quality and Substance than American products. I've never been, so this could all just be fantasy on my part, but am I on the right track? You mention the pub sells wood adhesive and cement and I picture a place where people can rely on themselves to make things if they're needed, and because of that, things have a uniqueness of character that you don't get when you buy lawn furniture at Wal-Mart.
Most pubs in the urbanized UK and Ireland don't sell wood adhesive and cement. Stores and service providers are just as specialized as they are in the United States. Malin Head, being a part of the very sparsely populated County Donegal, is an exception because of its remote location. There simply isn't enough demand to sustain competition in the area. A town of 1000 people or less has little need for more than one shop, post office, or restaurant, with the end result that the restaurant, petrol pump, and pub are all in one building.
I think, though, with regard to certain goods, that the British and the Irish are a bit pickier than Americans. They have stricter laws regulating the labeling of GM (genetically modified) foods, for instance, and most people tend to be pretty conscientious about buying organic produce. The dairy products you buy here, for instance, have to be used within in a week or they go off. Cream lasts only a couple of days, unlike American cream, which has been so heavily treated that it never seems to go off - and tastes about as much like the stuff you get here as elementary school paste.
By my blood and bones, yes.
Fantastic photo, I love it.
Cheers, A. One of these days we need to meet at Borough Market for coffee.
lol...yeah great idea, mind you it would be your round ;)
Keep an eye out for me, I'll be the one with camera :P
(EOS 350d and Billingham bag...sort of paparazzi lite :D)
Oh yeah. Nothing like the tropics, though. Windbreakers and gloves in August required.
BTW, it sounds like you've really settled into life here in London. Well done!
Yes, nothing like the tropics (I miss home sometimes).
I did settled in quite easily actually. I have to give thanks to my housemates for that (all are from Trinidad as well). And it does not hurt to have a boyfriend who takes me out and encourages me to go out on my own as well (yes we did end up getting together when I moved to another department in another building). Right now I'm in Crewe with a friend from work (she works in Rory's department). We're staying in her family's home (lovely place). I'm finally getting around to 'going places' and it's very exciting.
It sounds delightful. Can hardly wait for the rest--images and words.
I'm working on it. Two days down, thirteen to go. I would have been lost trying to reconstruct this trip without my paper journal.
2005-09-01 01:45 (UTC)
looking forward to the rest..
It's a great shot. You get the feeling of timelessness, looking out at that horizon.
And a sense of the power of the ocean. That patch of coastline is naked to the Atlantic. The only other place I've been so overwhelmed with awe and love for the water is the windward side of Oahu.
*writes that down as potential future destination*
Hi. Nearly done sleeping all the time. Hope you don't mind that I've routed everyone to your travelogue until I feel like writing.
I don't mind. It's all public, at least for the moment. Gonna link your euromuffin
posts when they start synchronizing with mine; I hope that's okay too. BTW, if I put up any pics of you or Kegan that you hate, tell me and I'll take them down.