A brief travel journal from my trip to London
I'm glad the trip surpassed your expectations. I remember how worried you were, and honestly had no idea of the situation on the ground and didn't feel I could honestly reassure you of anything.
Started a new job last week that turned my schedule upside-down, if you wondered why I seemed to vanish from the editing scene.
Also... getting into the scrum about I vs. P doesn't interest me, but I will say those English trans women wouldn't have had a fabulous time in Gaza no matter what flag they were waving. That the left continues to court solidarity with people that despise them remains one of the most darkly humorous ironies to me.
Really glad you were warmly welcomed and received. Can't say I'm shocked.
Great account Rhyd. As you say in ultra cheap travel you ultimately pay with discomfort but, I think there is some liberation to be found in the hardship of low cost travel. 35 years Ago myself and a pal (both aged 19) hitchhiked from England to Athens which took a Biblical 40 days and nights. We bivvied' every night outdoors apart from some time in disused buildings in Greece inc. a squat in Athens. We then got the ferry to Israel and did a week on a Kibbutz, left that, bummed around Israel for another 2 weeks, then spent 3 weeks in Egypt, then flew back to Athens which cost £40. We then hitched to Hungary sleeping rough again and finally got 'rescued' by my family. Down to our very last coins of Yugoslavian currency. So a 3 month trip costing £400 each - about £4.50 per day. We had youth on our side, people took pity on us and the World was a safer place then. I hope young people are still out there having low budget adventures but I'm guessing it's much harder these days. We were also both into rock climbing at the time and low-budget adventure was very much part of the climbing ethos.
I was going to say I'm sure Hazel, who I came to your September book launch with would have put you up in south London, but actually it looks like it was all meant to be.
I was in Köln myself for a night two weeks ago - small world.
Everywhere is so weird at the moment. Sigh.
Is “Radical Imagination” something that you’ve written of on this site before or is it something that you mention in your book? The phrase intrigued me, but I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read it yet.
Thanks for letting us ride with you Rhyd!
What a great piece of writing, thank you! I love what you say about the demonstration grounding your "thoughts on the matter" and seeing "how strange the world can really be". Sometimes that's exactly how life works. Things come together and we understand how much we have in common and also how incredibly far apart we are. Strange world indeed. A bit like how in the liminal in-between place of traveling our thoughts can become more real and more grounded than when we're actually grounded at home. Odd.