I promised a blog, and here it is at last… Welcome! And thanks for popping by.
To get started, here are the basics:
Why are you blogging now? Isn’t that, like, so 2008?
I am very fortunate to have this year off work, and I am planning to spend a fair bit of it away from home, seeing what else is going on out there in the big wide world. Although parts of the year won’t be particularly intrepid, it’s a pretty big adventure for me, hence the blog title.
To keep in touch with family and friends at home, to avoid excessive numbers of lengthy emails, to have a record of my year of wonders for myself, and to avoid discrimination against non-facebookers, this blog is how I’m planning to document the adventure as I travel along.
I have never blogged before, so I make no promises as to quantity or quality of posts. Your patience and your feedback would both be welcome!
So, what’s the big plan then?
I’m starting out in Hong Kong for a couple of months (Jan/Feb). Then I’m planning to travel across Russia (March), then into Europe (April/May). I’ll spend some time in France doing some language learning stuff (June / July), and watching a big annual bike race go by. The second half of the year is, at this point, basically unplanned. Open to suggestion, or opportunities that may present themselves along the way.
Ok then, where are you now and what are you doing there?
I am currently in Hong Kong having arrived on New Year’s Day. I’m visiting an organisation called Crossroads Foundation, a not-for-profit group who aim to match need with resource both locally and globally. They do great stuff on a huge scale with an incredibly small number of people, all of whom are volunteers.
I am staying on their site and helping out in the volunteer office – coordinating the significant numbers of local community members who come in each week to contribute their time and energy to the work happening here. It’s pretty crazy some days, but I’ve survived one week and am enjoying it so far! It’s a far cry from engineering, but does occasionally bear some resemblance to organising a particularly unruly dragon boat team…
That’s all pretty informative, but not particularly interesting…
I know, but I thought a bit of background might be handy for some, like me, who need to begin at the beginning. I’m hoping to post more ‘snapshots’ of life here, what I’ve been up to, and photos (of course) in future posts. Does that sound ok?
And one disclaimer – for those who need to know
If you’re the kind of person who heads to the corner of Cowan and Mona Vale Roads St Ives on a Sunday, or any similar establishment, you will have noticed the complete lack of overt references in this post to that type of activity or the people we follow. That’s intentional, and important. You’ll need to do some reading between the lines. And please, if you wish to comment (and I hope you feel free to), be creative in your wording! Around here, the big boss is referred to as the MD, and we do a fair bit of upholding, and upward thinking and /or chatting. Let the reader understand…
Oh, and one more disclaimer – for everyone
I am not, at this stage, planning to go anywhere featuring camels and/or pyramids. But the picture seemed vaguely adventurey, so I’m running with it as a theme for now. 🙂
And with that all out of the way, the blog begins!
Thanks Anna for all the news and thanks also for thinking of us ‘old’ people who are not into Facebook!!
Look forward to the next update when you have more exciting things to report.
First post! (nyah!)
One week down – well survived 🙂
Looking forward to some exciting stories!
Armchair travelling that’s us. Thanks for taking us along for the ride.
Lots of love
Aunty Lorraine & Uncle Peter xx
More blogging please Anna. I was talking to Hamish about something to do with Matt’s Mum and Imogen (being Imogen) picked up the wrong end of the conversation and piped in with, “Anna! Is she back already?! Wow we haven’t seen her in such a long time!” Hahahaha oh dear! And it hasn’t even been a month yet…it’s going to be a long year! Miss you!!! J xxx
Oh and in breaking news I finally have an appointment with the Paediatric Neurologist on 22nd March – Hooray! x
Hi my dear.
It is so nice to hear from you. I have been missing you – especially on Sunday nights.
Privyet Anna! Fantastic reading about all the fabulous Russian things you’ve been doing! I’ve been following your journey on various websites and all the places look beautiful under snow, although FREEEEZING! I think you are lucky to see some of the places in winter, as in the summer pics, they don’t look so good!
Hope you have another good trip on your next train sector and HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR SUNDAY IN FABULOUS SUZDAL!! Da svidaniya for now,
Lots of love,
Mum & Dad