Travel blog – an introduction

Between September and December 2016, I took a sabbatical from my work as a Shiatsu practitioner, and travelled in Spain, offering my acupressure massage in return for board and lodging. I walked in the north, notably the Camino Frances/Santiago de Compostella; and south (Sierra Calderona).


Walking without a donkey – Travels in Spain

I wrote some of these blogs when I was away, and added to them on my return. Each one covers a place (or more than one) I visited, and are numbered according to the order I visited them.

‘But we are all …too, travellers with a donkey; and the best that we find in our travels is an honest friend. He is a fortunate voyager who finds many.’ RLS *

* Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson (incidentally a son of Scotland).

Walking without a dog – travels in Scotland

I was not been able to stop walking when I first returned to Scotland, and so set about exploring my home city and further afield with ‘a new eye’, and have given this group of blogs a slightly different name, in recognition of the fact that most people I meet are walking because they have a canine friend to do it with. Me – I’m just mad about walking and need no excuse.

Taken from Aberdour, Fife

Scotland is of course as spectacular as Spain, although I admit that the sun does shines a little less.

I have always enjoyed conversation, and now discovered a joy of writing – inspired by the places I have been and the wonderful people I have met.

‘The words simply tumbled out of him and he listened to them in astonishment as they lined up, seemingly of their own accord, to create a meaning that became apparent to him with surprising clarity only after he had spoken them.’ p 31-32 A Whole Life, Robert Seethaler.

Walking without a donkey – Travels in France

I was happily invited to teach Shiatsu in Paris in May 2017, and as I was already on the continent, I thought I would walk in Normandy. Another lucky co-incidence then occurred: I had been working on a Shiatsu mobile application, Tsubook, and invited to visit it’s creators who live in Normandy. When I searched on the map, they lived on the coast a few days walk from Mont Saint-Michel where I immediately knew I needed to go. So, another walking project was born and subsequently realised in May 2017.

One of the ‘randonnée’ way markers along the Normandy coast, France

I walked from Agon-Coutainville to Mont Saint-Michel along the randonée GR223 and then inland to Pontorson,  and here are my blogs telling you all about it.

Read travels in Spain

Read travels in Scotland

Read travels in France


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