Thursday, December 20, 2007

A wandering I will go...

Yesterday one of the kids said to me: "I know why Wonderland is called Wonderland."

"Oh really," I replied. "Tell me why."

"Because there is lots of wandering in it."

"Did you say wondering or wandering?"

"Wandering. The characters wander about a lot."

"I wonder if they wonder too?" I asked.

So this little intro is to offer my readers a bonafide reason for not blogging for the next two weeks. I'm going to India. To me India is a bit like Wonderland, I may meet a blue Elephant or a tiger or a Maharaja or a beautiful bescarfed princess and then again I may not. I guess I've been reading too much magic realism related to India and now I will be confronted with nothing but realism and I am hoping it will be magical.

I fly out at 00.30, which confuses me because officially that is early Saturday morning, but I will be leaving my home on Friday evening and will spend 7 hours in transit at a Moscow airport! I have a crappy book that claims that 'if you loved the Da Vinci code dive into this'. I did not love the Da Vinci code, I made a mental note of every single bit of writing that pulled me out of the plot and made me question whether Dan Brown had ever actually been to Paris. Despite all this, I couldn't put the bloody book down, so I am hoping that The Rule of Four will have the same effect: disengage brain and read on.

Other holiday reads are: Kiran Desai - An inheritance of Loss and Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (that one was recommended by Claire, but I am a bit dubious about it, we'll see).

The camera is packed - actually I better check that is charged, but no worries if it isn't there is plenty of time to do that.

And my early christmas pressie to myself is also charged. I finally decided that the old poddy with the average battery life of 30 minutes had to go and I replaced it with a new Nano model! He He.

Oh and before I forget I have been awarded a roar from Kimy over at Mouse Medicine. I feel kind of unworthy because I have really neglected the old blog recently; there's the WIP, which has taken lots of time, but there's also some other stuff going on, good stuff, I assure you it's all good at the moment. I'm not going to pass on the roar just yet as I want to think carefully and be as thoughtful as Kimy when I pass it on, so that's a future post to do...

Other future posts will include piccies and roving reports.

OK, I think I'm leaving the blog in order, all I have left to do is to wish you all a very happy Winter Solstice. Remember that after the 21st the days are getting longer and longer (if you live in the same hemisphere as me. If not I guess it's the opposite). Have a Merry Christmas if you celebrate that and basically rest up guys and I wish you all the best in 2008, I hope next year is a good and peaceful one for all.


Sam said...

Have fun in India!!
My cousin is going too, for about three months. She's going to do some yoga there, but first will travel about. So if you see Rachel, tell her her cousin Jenny says 'Hi'!

Shameless said...

Wow§ Which part of India? We're going in April for 12 days. Have a wonderful time and switch off! :-)

Jon M said...

Have fun though you may have gone already!

Happy Christmas!

kimy said...

I seem to recall a christmas carol that starts out 'I wonder as I wander out under the sky'

you won't read this until you return so I will only say I hope you had a magical and marvelous adventure!! I can't wait to hear (and see) the highlights!

I expect you found the 'rule of four to be a much more literate and engaging book than da vinci code -at least I did - despite its multitude of flaws dvc was hard to put down. kind of like driving by an auto wreck.

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

Have a wonderful trip, travel safely and I look forward to reading the roving reports on your return!

apprentice said...

Fantastic, I hope you have a wonderful time.

My friend is doing 6 months there teaching in a school attached to an ashram.

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

There's a little something waiting for you over at my place when you get back :-)

Verilion said...

Hi Sam, I wish I could have gone for longer, two weeks seemed such a short time, but we packed a lot in. Sorry didn't meet your cousin Rachel.
Hi Seamus, we went to Delhi, Agra and Rajahstan. It was fantastic. Two weeks was not enough. Where are you heading off too?
Thank you Jon, I did have a good time. Happy New Year.
It was Magical and marvelous Kimy, but I never got round to the Rule of Four as I left with a horrendous cold. I slept through both my flights and in Moscow was woken by a plummy English accent announcing he had bought a travel pillow and that roused me sufficiently to go buy one!
We did all that Vanilla and can't wait to start telling you all about it. I talked NON STOP yesterday when I returned.
Apprentice - 6 months. I am jealous now!
Vanilla - will check later.
Happy New Year all. Tata


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