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Circumstance dictates that my brief visit to Gdansk is extended. Normally this would be an unwelcome imposition but i find myself pleased by the difficulties that keep me here.

This evening I had arranged to meet with colleagues but at a late hour decided to rain check and take the opportunity to explore further this beautiful city. I eventually found myself in one of the...
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jozsef:
This is very moving and I see that I had neglected to comment earlier. I guess it will be an evening of self-flagellation to atone for this sin. It was just going to be assembling some shelves so no great loss and it's time for some purification anyway. (If Socrates says it works, I certainly will not argue.) 😍
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I decided to take a walk and discover whatever I can this unusually cold evening.

Serendipity brings me first to a lovely coffee shop in a small street where less foolish travelers would likely avoid treading. The experience was so pleasant I decided to make it an evening of discovery Rubiaceae.

Eventually I happen upon Cafe Factotum. A very pleasant and relaxing place with, as...
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jozsef:
This gives me some things to Google. :) Nice to see some proof of  life, young man!
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What is it about milestones in time that invokes reflection and a tendency to consider change?

Is it that our lives are so buys we need at some point in time to stop and check our progress, to look back on the marks we make in the ground as we pass through our lives and measure ourselves against the plan, if indeed a plan existed...
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When I was thirteen I used work on a farm in the school holidays and when I had lunch I used to sit in the driving seat of an old car pretending to drive it someplace in my mind. Years later I was still working in the holidays for the old farmer ad as it had become customary to sit in the car I was...
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anonmymouse:
Ah, I really enjoyed reading that. I always used to enjoy just hanging out in my dad's parked car - even when I was 19 I liked to go in there with my ipod and some weed, when we were on holiday in Wales and the house was too busy.
Where do you live/where do you work? If you don't mind me asking, also what's your job? Curious smile
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Sadly it was only a matter of time.

Amy Winehouse R.I.P.
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lucysky:
So as a tourist, and I'm sure even more so because I am a U.S. tourist, I can't go in the coffeeshops anymore?
I read a few articles saying that they banned tourists from the coffeeshops because of the "seedy" and "smelly" drug atmosphere that they brought to Amsterdam. But ummmmmmmmmmmmm what about the prostitution? So the people that go there to sleep with unknown random woman and pay for it aren't "seedy" or "smelly" wtf?
lucysky:
Well that is reassuring to hear! Hopefully it will stay that way long enough for me to get over there one more time!wink

I find the whole thing a little hypocritical on their part as well as a huge mistake as far as tourism goes!
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The strike and troubles are over, it looks like I will be getting out of Africa on time however I was called today by someone who had learned I was in country and offered me another job. The pay is really good but I am not sure I can take another year out here. I want to do so many things and have planned to...
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smythe:
oh man! thank you for the suggestions! I think I'm staying in the garden district. That's all I know so far. Thanks again for the suggestions.
lucysky:
Well glad to hear you are giving yourself a well deserved break and going to let your spirit breathe and have some artistic ventures.....
Good on ya!!!! wink
When you take that bronze casting class I would like to see some pics of your creations!biggrin
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Scotland has spoken clearly and resolutely.

Why then do we in the rest of the Kingdom squabble like chickens.frown
annalee:
Yes, it's really interesting to see the difference isn't it? Scotland is not as lost as England I feel but at the same time we can't do a lot because we're tied to England. It's hard to know what would really be best though and I know little about politics and economics.

Oh thanks to you suggesting the moth I searched it and came across a great site - http://www.ukleps.org/Indexsc.html it would take a long time to search through all these though but that's the kind of nerdy thing I like doing. I suppose I need to look at what are the common species in Scotland and then look through those. I have a bit of a moth obsession lately and so I hope I can start learning about them a bit more :-)
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This project is coming to a close and I am looking forward to a rest. I think I will take a few weeks to myself and then look around for something new to do. I have already been offered two new positions one in the north east and one the west country. The company I am with have also indicated there are other projects in...
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lucysky:
Well that's awesome that you will get some time to rest.... you definitely deserve it! Always seems like you are constantly goin and goin and goin..... like the energizer bunny lol! biggrin
So I wanted to show you an old skate board that I am turning into a mosaic piece of art biggrin
It, of course is a dia de los muertos theme my favorite. Still have A LOT of work to do, but it's too cold in my art room to do it... have to wait til it warms up some.... but this is what I have so far....


the roses are hard to see because I haven't grouted them yet, but they are gonna look pretty kewl once they are done wink
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In the morning I am going to London for a bit of R&R I return on Sunday only to pack and head out to Africa again for another trip.

Things at site are very bad, there are a few company men with egos in opposite proportion to their intellect which is always a bad combination.

The project is running late and a lot of...
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niobe:
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lemonkid:
Keeps the gardens growing well I'm sure.
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Card swipe HELL

I took a stroll a few nights ago and ended up in One Eyed Jacks, it is quite a cool bar and the locals are friendly.

One of the girls working the bar has the most amazing relationship with the card swipe machine; she seems to be waging a personal battle of wits with this simple interface to the worlds credit conveyance...
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lucysky:
tongue
sherrillee:
Very eloquent response to my blog - well said! I applaud you....

Also loved the ode to machine supremacy^^ biggrin