The carbon emissions produced by the automotive sector have came up against barrels of criticism in recent times, from environmental groups and European governments alike. These discussions have prompted manufacturers to revise traditional forms of motoring and consider new alternatives, one of which is the all-electric alternative to existing harmful fuels such as petrol and diesel. The perception of electric vehicles is set to evolve, with a steer towards conserving the earth’s finite resources and reducing harmful gaseous emissions.
There are things I overhear which push my brain into contemplation. During my last visit to the grocery store, there was a couple along with their 4 year old choosing biscuits for themselves. The mother was showing different brands to her kid, opening up Robert Frost's two roads diverging into a wood for her child! The activity doesn't invite much attention, really, for it's quite normal. But what struck me was the language that the mother used with her child. English!
It was April 2017, and I was experiencing wanderlust once more. I decided to check out more of merry ol' England, this time the southwestern side. I hopped on a plane and skipped across the Pond to see what I could see...
Out of the window of an airplane. No one had ever told me that this was the perfect vantage point for viewing the stars. On my right, the man next to me was asleep, somehow, slumped over with the airplane-provided pillow under his head and airplane-provided blanket draped over him. I had spent the better part of two hours trying to get those airplane provisions situated in a comfortable– or comfortable enough– way to let me sleep... with no luck. Sleeping on the plane was a challenge too great for me. But I didn’t mind anymore. Because I had opened my window. About two hours before, I had closed it as part of the equation that was supposed to equal sleep. I followed every step of that equation but could not get it to yield the expected result. I should have known. I’ve never been any good at performing equations. Looking with wonder. That’s what I’m good at.
Australia offers travelers a chance to explore sun-drenched beaches, lively coral reefs, rugged mountains, serene outback and awe-inspiring rain forests. Not only that, much of this terrain is accessible by car – and there are numerous popular road trips that are worth doing. The following list will introduce you to 4 of Australia's best-beloved road trips:
I consider myself extremely lucky to live where I do. Not in this particular town necessarily, but the area within the town, where I find myself having lived for the entirety of my 24 years. On the outskirts of a commonly busy and bustling urban city, my little corner of this world feels almost alien compared to the norm of the central hub, just a 15 minute drive away from where I reside. Nothing much feels like it's changed round these parts; people leaving their houses for a daily dose of exercise seems just as much as it would usually. Albeit a quiet community, where maintaining our 2 meter distance from each other is quite easy, some do take advantage of the ever growing restoration of a few of our freedoms. And who can blame them, certainly not me knowing what world lies just mere meters from my home.
Lockdown began as I packed my bag for a summer at sea. Plane ticket ready. Boat waiting. Life neatly packed away. It was a trip I'd been planning for months, a summer of adventure like I'd dreamed of for over a decade. All on hold, for now.
Outside my window, a bird trills, not a quick cheerful chirp to welcome the morning, but one of agitation. His world has been disrupted. I stand from my desk and brush the billowy curtain aside to take a peek.
Feel the tiny pebbles underneath your tender soles on the cool concrete of my lanai. Wiggle your toes. It hurts a little. We haven't been standing on pavement for the entire Winter. It's time to be sock-free and let our pale feet shine. Once we get comfortable -- no tiny sharp points jabbing our heels -- breathe with me. Close your eyes. The Sun's warmth invigorates our entire bodies. Breathe in. Breathe out. Before we open our eyes, just listen. Feel the wind caress your face.