"Lets Go Trippin' - My travels so far!" arturowan's Profile

Road trips...

I've been a VT member for many years, but still not gotten around to filling out my own personal page!
It was only last year that I had the inspiration to cover my travels in my own country, because like many VT members, I'd thought of my experiences abroad as those of relevance here...
In 2013 I did not go abroad - I discovered some new places in England, mostly in & around Thetford Forest - & covering these experiences has been my latest occupation on VT...
All my trips covered on VT are 'road trips', either under my own power by bicycle (I can comfortably cycle 100km in a day, weather co-operating!), or further afield by car, coach & ferry...
In some ways, the ideal excursion for me would have no destination - rather a meandering road trip into places unknown...
When I discovered the Baltic coast, it was on a Danish-operated coach, & that must be the best way in order to view this beautiful scenery, especially in the evening when the sun is setting over the islands...
Every so often, the coach has to board a ferry in order to cross between coasts, & this is a perfect opportunity to stretch your legs on deck & breathe the saline air...
I make no apologies for being a fan of slow travel, & for also being of the opinion that most tourists are in too much of a rush & miss out on the EXPERIENCE that travel should really be about...
I would never have discovered such hidden gems in Thetford Forest, last year, such as a holy well, pilgrims wayside cross, & neolithic burial mound, had I not been on my bike & off the beaten path...
A lot of my travel reports are written under the, 'off the beaten path' section, & this does reflect a lot about me, & what I like to travel for...
I've never lost my love of learning, & from all my travels, I've learnt a lot, & I believe, in itself, travel is a great educator...
So, in the words of surf guitar legend, Dick Dale; "lets go trippin'!"

My tips...

My VT tips are of 2 types; impressionistic, & historical - many of them started out as just impressionistic, than they became historical when I researched them further...
Nowwhere has made a greater impression on me than 0dessa, & when I first began writing about my experiences there, they were very much from a personal observation, point of view...
Since my fascination with 0dessa has deepened, my writing about it has become increasingly historical, as I discover more & more about its history, from the plethora of online sites dedicated to this idiosyncratic place...
Some of my historical tips are too wordy for some peoples taste, but they happen to reflect how deep my level of interest is for somewhere that has truly altered my life & affected how I think...
I only wish I'd known as much about its history as I do now, then my early visits would have been much more rewarding & full of purpose...
0dessa - will I ever understand this volatile meeting place of extremes?
Ukrainian folk have told me that it's no use trying to understand them - they don't understand themselves, so what hope an outsider?
Whatever, now the love of 0dessa has overwhelmed me, I'm always thinking about this city, & what I might learn from it, should I return...
Last time I was there, I did not want to return - I'd found an ideal apartment online, to rent, & I wish I were still there now!
I never thought, after always having lived in the country, that I'd feel this way about a city, but 0dessa is set out on the old pattern of courtyards, & this is the true nature of the city, when you truly get to know it...
How I'd love to live in 1 of the apartments, overlooking a courtyard, with a grapevine growing up the balcony, & some cucumber plants as well!
I could even adopt an 0dessan 'koshka' (cat)!
This is my dream - maybe 1 day it'll come true?

My international travels (to date...)

2004 - Stockholm & Uppsala, (via Copenhagen & Berlin)

2005/07/09/11 - 0dessa, (via Kiev)

2012 - Sofiya x2 & Varna, (via Prague)

2014 - ?!

In the words of Boxcar Willie; "before I turn to dust, let me ride the wheels from off a Greyhound bus!"

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