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Re: travels near, far or in your head...
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2008, 04:57:44 PM »
'Mythical Roman cave' unearthed on Paletine Hill with a wee camera dropped down the hole. Waaaaaaah! I wanna go.

There is a vid of lupricalian shrine in Rome.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7104330.stm
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« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2008, 06:02:38 PM »
I wanna go too, Toe. So ... when are we thinking? Next year?

How irresponsible are we?   :wink:

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« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2008, 06:38:34 PM »
My travels in my head are already completely irresponsible  :lol:
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« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2008, 06:52:38 PM »
Toe, in your head is not irresponsible.

Irresponsible is when you plunk down some money, abandon your dependents here, and actually fly off to Rome to wade in fountains and ... all that other stuff.  :wink:

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« Reply #19 on: March 09, 2008, 08:29:43 PM »
Is the only equivalent to the PeaceCorps RedCross?
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« Reply #20 on: March 09, 2008, 08:50:16 PM »
Canada used to have WUSC and CUSO. Not sure if those programs still exist Toe.

ETA: Back in the 80s, I had this wonderful recurring daydream of being a documentary filmmaker working in Central America (dealing with death squads etc) and having a passionate affair with my camera man :-)
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« Reply #21 on: March 10, 2008, 02:08:09 AM »
Oy, I know a filmmaker who did go down there then - committed, or addicted to danger?

Ex-wife NOT pleased, as they had a young child at the time...
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« Reply #22 on: March 10, 2008, 04:31:20 AM »
Gosh. sparqui. So ... how did that work out?   :popcorn

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« Reply #23 on: March 10, 2008, 04:48:17 PM »
Well it was a GREAT day dream. So was the one of being a newly discovered dance talent in NYC that nabs Mikhail Baryshnikov. :oops:

I love daydreams. Don't do enough of them anymore.

ETA: Given my penchant for including a pivotal romance in them, I guess I would feel like I was cheating.  :)
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« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2008, 07:58:37 PM »
Sad about the state of transport, because friends are at Harvard for the term (she is teaching; he is doing research). Shit, in 1940 there were FIVE rail departures daily from Montréal!

Now the choice would be the horrid bus/coach (I can't read in buses, they nauseate me) or the utterly environmentally-absurd and prollly too expensive plane.

A train trip is not wasted time, one can read, write and work on a laptop.
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Re: travels near, far or in your head...
« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2008, 08:12:08 PM »
Quote from: sparqui
Well it was a GREAT day dream. So was the one of being a newly discovered dance talent in NYC that nabs Mikhail Baryshnikov. :oops:

I love daydreams. Don't do enough of them anymore.

ETA: Given my penchant for including a pivotal romance in them, I guess I would feel like I was cheating.  :)

Heh. Only just saw this.

I dunno -- I don't think that daydreams are cheating necessarily, although if I'd known you at the time, I think I would have advised you to talk to Jessica Lange about our boy Mikhail. Very cute, but I'd keep my distance.  :wink:

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« Reply #26 on: May 21, 2008, 03:55:37 AM »
My partner and I just got back from hillwalking in the most beautiful place on earth, a.k.a. The Isle of Skye.  Cuillin mountains, the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing and Talisker whisky. The landscape has so much character from ecological upheaval it's impossible to emote what it was like.  Thrilling.  Here is me on a ridge walk, climbing Bruach na Frìthe in the Black Cuillins.


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« Reply #27 on: May 21, 2008, 05:51:50 AM »
Skye looks beautiful and thrilling, but oh so rugged!
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« Reply #28 on: May 21, 2008, 07:57:49 AM »
That looks wonderful, Catchfire. I've been to Skye, but midsection and north, which is very different kind of territory, the very rounded mountains, although still monumentally beautiful. Portree is a charming old sea-town, noticeably still Gaelic, as I believe some of the settlements farther north still are. But I've only ever seen the Cuillins from a distance, from the north on the island or across the water from Mallaig to the south (also a lovely spot).

Did you ever watch "Hamish Macbeth" on TV? It was filmed at Plockton, another charming wee port, just north of Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland, the jumping-off point to Skye where the bridge is to be built (has been built? I am so out of touch). We stayed with some friends in Kyle for about a week once and explored Plockton as well as travelling over to Skye, so we had lots of aha! moments watching the series and picking out familiar places. Very strange and wonderful series that was.

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« Reply #29 on: May 21, 2008, 10:12:25 AM »
We also walked around the Storr and Trotternish ridge which is just north of Portree and has magnificent views of the whole island. Volcanic activity as sheared pillars (like the "Old Man of Storr") away from the rockface and caused all manner of bizarre and fantastic shapes.  It has a real end-of-the-world feel to it. A vast difference to the Cuillins in the south. Even the Quiraing, at the north end of the Trotternish, a series of bizarre rock pinnacles and grassy plateaus, is significantly different from the Storr. And yes, Gaelic is spoken all over the island, as a first language in many places.  The Talisker distillery in Carbost operates almost completely in Gaelic.

The bridge is indeed built, and in fact, has had a part to play in contemporary politics (as, I suppose, one would guess). The toll was six pounds one way, I think, 12 for a van or larger car; and as you'd imagine, the Scots were none-too-keen on paying so much for something that they got by just fine without, thank you very much.  So a boycott and activism campaign got the toll abolished in 2004.  And, in large part to the momentum of this campaign, all tolls across the country were abolished in February this year.

I never saw Hamish Macbeth, but it makes its way into quite a few conversations. I'm beginning to think I'd better bone up on it soon.

 

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