Random Adventures Archives

Merry Christmas!

A very happy Christmas to everyone and hope you all have some wonderful adventures over the festive period. I’m having a relatively quiet one although my sister is cooking Christmas lunch so that could be an adventure in itself!

I will be posting my review of 2016 and plans for 2017 next week so maybe you could have a think about what adventures you achieved this year and what you would love to do next year?

Have a wonderful time!

Say ‘Yes’ to Adventure!

St Marys ChurchSometimes the best adventures just hit you right out of the blue when you just open yourself up to saying ‘yes’ to them.

Take last Saturday for instance… it seemed like just a normal Saturday- I’d been cleaning up, just put a load of laundry in the machine and intended to walk into town to buy a couple of bits.

The phone rang- it was a work colleague, who had booked a ‘hard hat tour’ round a lovely listed Georgian building where we used to work and which was now being renovated. Unfortunately she was unable to make it so kindly offered me her place.

My first thought was ‘I haven’t got time’ as the tour started in 40 minutes, but then I thought, ‘why not? I can get there in time, plus it’s on my way into town’, so I said yes to her kind offer and walked into West Bridgford to join the tour.

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A running adventure somewhere new…

York 10kA runner friend and I were looking at a local 10k race we could do to give us something to train for, and she sent me a link she found to a series of events happening this summer- the Jane Tomlinson Run For All series. One of the events was a 10k race in Nottingham, which we both initially thought we’d do, but after giving it some thought we decided to forego this for a race in a different city- and have a weekend away to explore it.

We settled on the Jane Tomlinson 10k in York- a fine old city with lots to see and loads of history. I have run around parts of Nottingham lots of times so it was a great opportunity to run somewhere new…

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FearA great way to inject more adventure into your life is to be more spontaneous… just book a trip and go! We all know this as a fact, but actually doing it is a totally different thing… we are all busy, have family who rely on us, commitments, bills, blah de blah and so we can’t possibly go anywhere right now…

I feel your pain as this was me too- until I recently received a welcome kick up the butt from a close friend who was obviously fed up with me moaning about all the epic trips I wanted to take and not being able to afford them…

I was having my usual cup of coffee in bed and browsing Facebook, as you do, when I noticed that she had sent me a private message. Intrigued, I opened it up to find the picture at the top of this post.

It is from the ‘woman on a motorcycle’ page- ‘Don’t let the fear of what could happen make nothing happen’, accompanied by an inspiring shot of a touring motorcycle with the whole open road ahead.

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My Eat Pray Love Moment in Naples

NaplesI read a LOT of travel blogs, and have noticed that ‘Eat pizza in Naples’ seems to feature extensively on peoples’ adventure bucket lists, presumably inspired by the book ‘Eat Pray Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert and the movie of the same name starring Julia Roberts.

Always much better at eating than either praying or loving, I have actually unintentionally crossed this little adventure off during an Italian holiday. Italy is, of course, pizza heaven, and what better place to eat pizza than Naples, the birthplace of the margherita pizza?

My friend and I took the opportunity to indulge when our tour stopped in Naples and we headed to Brandi’s, on Salita S. Anna di Palazzo, just a few minutes away from The Piazza Plebiscito.

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I Got Tattooed in Marrakesh!

MoroccoThe Jamaa el Fna was absolutely buzzing despite the torpid late afternoon heat. This famous square is the beating heart of Marrakesh; where locals compete to sell their wares to unwary tourists, from water and orange juice to trinkets and photo opportunities with snakes or monkeys. We made our way across the square under the cloudless sky, weaving this way and that to dodge tourists and locals alike. I spotted a movement out of the corner of my eye as a pretty Moroccan girl in her twenties approached.

She had honed in on me as a potential tourist target and started her spiel. ‘Hello, you very pretty, you got lovely eyes; I do you a lovely henna tattoo!’ I couldn’t think of anything I would like less at that moment than a henna tattoo so I said ’No’, reaffirming this with a shake of my head and walking briskly away.

However she wasn’t about to take no for an answer. With one swift motion she grabbed hold of my right hand and squeezed some kind of brown gunk all over it, saying ‘I do you a lucky flower, you very special, very lucky!’

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