alilou's Adventures in Wonderland - all over the map.

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by alilou, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. sk8pics

    sk8pics Well-Known Member

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    :lol::lol: Must be a sign. Some people like that book, some don't. Rohr would probably say it's neither all good nor all bad. I met him once. A friend of mine is a good friend of his. Really interesting guy.
     
  2. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    Yes, travel means so many things - we all travel, whether we leave home or not.
    Thank you so much for your encouragement and support :cheer: I do still think a book will be birthed from the blog and our adventures, I just have to let it arise in its own time instead of trying to make things happen. I'm feeling much more peaceful.

    I had a look at his book on Amazon, read some quotes, reviews, etc. I think I might enjoy it very much, if only as a confirmation that we're already living what he writes about. I think so anyway.
     
  3. BittyBug

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    Love it. Thank you for so vividly articulating your personal journeys; your thoughts are truly inspirational.
     
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  4. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    Thanks BittyBug. I always so much appreciate hearing when someone has connected with what I've written. It's a labor of love that's for sure. I can't not do it, but having it resonate for others is the icing on the cake. Thank you.
     
  5. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    Next blog post is ready - about our travels in Patagonia, a truly fabulous and special part of the world. The shrieking shack (with apologies to JK Rowling), oh and a few mountains and glaciers.
     
  6. sk8pics

    sk8pics Well-Known Member

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    Breathtakingly beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing them with us!
     
  7. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

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    Great pics as usual Alilou. Thanks for sharing. :respec:
     
  8. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    You bring the "Patagonian Experience" vividly to life, in every way.
     
  9. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    Thanks sk8pics. It's such an amazing place. I could't believe the colour of some of the lakes - such intense blues.
    Thanks Buzz, my pleasure. Glad you enjoyed it. We were blown away (sometimes literally lol) by our whole Patagonia adventure.
    Thanks skatesindreams. It was a really special experience - there's so much in that part of the world that's really magnificent. We are very lucky to have been able to go there - I hope you enjoyed tagging along :)
     
  10. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    There are two new posts on the blog

    This Nomadic Life - A new found enthusiasm for life
    direct link: http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/2...found-enthusiasm-for-life-and-for-travelling/

    And the final post in the series about Patagonia, that amazing part of the world that is the very southern part of South America - use the sig line link as usual.

    We are now in the far north of Chile about to head into the Andes in Bolivia. The adventure continues . . . . . . .
     
  11. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    Your "horizons" are forever expanding!
    That seems especially true for Don.

    How amazing your adventure/narrative'photos of "the end of the world" are!
     
  12. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    Thanks skatesindreams. We've both opened up so much due to this ongoing journey, in so many ways.
    Patagonia was truly fabulous. I'm glad you enjoyed the descriptions/pics of our time there. It is a really special place for sure.
     
  13. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    It seems like it's been a while, but I finally have two new blog posts done.

    The first is a new This Nomadic Life post and is about a series of mishaps that we couldn't have dreamed up if we'd tried.
    direct link: http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/this-nomadic-life-merry-christmas/

    And there's a new travel post about our journey from Mendoza, Argentina across the Andes to Santiago, Chile and up the coast through the Atacama Desert to Antofagasta. The link in my sig line will get you there.

    Happy New Year everyone! We are celebrating in Cusco, Peru which is, according to two guys from Lima who we met today, the best place in Peru for bringing in the new year :cheer2:
     
  14. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much, as always!
    Your journey continues to be fascinating and remarkable.

    May it continue into 2014 - and beyond.
    Happy New Year!
     
  15. rosewood

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    Happy New Year, alilou! :)
     
  16. sk8pics

    sk8pics Well-Known Member

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    Happy New Year, ali! And thanks again for all the remarkable pictures and for sharing your journey with us. I smiled at your "let it go" comments.
     
  17. Japanfan

    Japanfan Well-Known Member

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    Best of 2014 to you and Don, Alilou.

    Your post made me laugh. It is hard not to get downright miserable when certain things go wrong at times, especially if one is uncomfortable or threatened in some way.
     
  18. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    Thanks skatesindreams. Yes, it pretty much fascinates us too :lol: every now and then we wonder what on earth we're doing, but there's nothing else that really resonates for us so we just keep moving forward. Sometimes it's fascinating and exciting and awe inspiring, and sometimes we get weary, or things go "wrong" just like ordinary life - like yesterday when I got a lunchtime dose of food poisoning :scream: so spent NYE very closet to the potty :) So much for going out celebrating.

    Same to you rosewood. May 2014 be the best year ever!

    Thanks so much, and Happy new year to you too sk8pics. Life, it seems, keeps challenging us with all our attachments :D so it's either let go or suffer :lol:

    Oh I'm so glad it made you laugh. That's what I was hoping for. It was such a ridiculous unexpected string of events, just one after the other, that laughing was the only option really, though I had trouble doing that when I thought there was something wrong with my laptop. Thank goodness we figured out fairly quickly what it was.
    Hope 2014 is spectacular for you and Mr Japanfan. See you in March!
     
  19. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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  20. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    Once again there are new posts on the blog.

    The first gives a link to an interview we gave on another travel blog - about our nomadic life
    http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/this-nomadic-life-another-interview/

    The second is about our 4x4 overland journey through the incredibly beautiful high desert of Bolivia
    http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/unboliviable-the-high-desert-and-altiplano-of-bolivia/
    (or use the link in my sig line)

    It was only a three day journey but definitely one of the highlights of our time in South America. Scenery to make your heart melt :swoon:
     
  21. orientalplane

    orientalplane Mad for mangelwurzels

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    Ali, sensational photos of the vast, strange and wonderful place that is Bolivia. I especially love the lake with a reflection of the mountain beyond, and the rock formation that looks like a huge, weird mushroom that's suddenly sprouted out of the sand. :inavoid: Great interview too; you describe so well the both the enormous appeal and the many difficulties of living the life you've chosen. Don seems to have captured, or perhaps allowed is a better word, the way into mindfulness that I have never been able to achieve. :(:) I shall never think about South America in the same way again. Having never been anywhere close, I'd rather filed away in my head at least the southern half as endless prairies covered in pampas grass. :lol: Your words and pictures have opened my eyes and my mind. :) Thank you so much for sharing it all with us.
     
  22. sk8pics

    sk8pics Well-Known Member

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    Ali,
    I can't believe how beautiful those pictures are of the desert in Bolivia! I had to pause a look a long time at many of them . The one below your paragraph about the music is surreal! And I love the one of the 3 kids posing. You are amazing and I love seeing the world through your eyes on your travels. I think you could publish a wonderful book! Thank you for sharing all of this with us.

    Rosie's comments are so true as well.
     
  23. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    Thanks so much OP. It was such an incredibly beautiful and extraordinary landscape. So glad to be able to share it. The whole journey through South America has been (and continues to be) really special, but those three days travelling through the Bolivian High Desert and salt flats (salt flats come in the next post) were definitely a highlight :swoon: :swoon:
    Glad you enjoyed the interview - we always love doing them because it makes us really think about how the journey has changed us, and it certainly has changed us, a lot. Don's a wise old soul :)

    Thanks sk8pics, I must admit I can't stop looking at them myself - such beauty we travelled through. I also love that same photo below the paragraph about the music, and another favourite of mine is the one of the vicuñas. It is a great pleasure to share it - there is so much beauty in the world, especially including those joyous children who were having so much fun playing on the old trains. And the music! That was such a joy for me - all that music from my youth that I hadn't heard for years. I can't remember when I've sung so much! Except to Whitney Houston - trying to sing along with I will always love you? Waaaaaaay beyond my abilities, but I can pitch match great to Simon and Garfunkel :)

    I believe there will be books coming. I feel as if we have enough material for several books.
     
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  24. sk8pics

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    :cheer::cheer: And I know just who to give a copy to! ;)
     
  25. skatesindreams

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    Echoing all the thoughts shared about your Bolivian idyll.
    It is surely a place I'd never experience without your generosity.

    Amazing and unexpected, what else need be said?

    The photos are magnificent --- oh, the flamingos!.

    I'm so glad the books are "percolating".
    Your audience awaits!

    The interview was great, also.
     
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  26. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    :cheer: I do hope he enjoys it ;) but first we gotta produce it :)

    Percolating is a very good word for the books - like for a year or two ;) I just know one day we'll say okay now it's time to do that.

    Bolivia was truly incredible - what a journey that was. Exactly as you said - amazing and unexpected. So very glad we decided to do it and not let fear stop us.
     
  27. BelleBway

    BelleBway a monkey stole my title

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    So envious of you as I try to piece together my travel budget and time planning... ;) Always love seeing your posts and gorgeous photography.
     
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  28. sk8pics

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    I'm sure he will, once it exists! I'm going to help him with some web stuff/blogging today.
     
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  29. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    Thanks so much Belle. I think I'd be envious of me too lol - somehow we got lucky. It does feel sometimes as if we won the lottery.
    Where are you off to next? Wherever, I bet it will be fabulous - still remember reading about your Africa stories. And the monkey!

    Say hi for me :) - a bit belated. I've been a bit slack keeping up with this thread :shuffle:


    Anyway - there are two new posts ready

    A new one about the inner journey - don't believe everything the mind tells you!
    http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/this-nomadic-life-mind-stories/

    And another post about unbelievable Bolivia
    http://alisonanddon.wordpress.com/2...and-bowler-hats-uyuni-and-copacabana-bolivia/
     
  30. sk8pics

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    Amazing again! Glad you are doing better. And again, I can't thank you enough for sharing your adventure with us!