People always ask me why I don’t move to London to be nearer the film industry. There’s a group of horses and one donkey that roam freely near my house and have done for years. I took this at sunrise this morning on my way home after seeing them from the side of the road behind my house, some of them were still sleeping when I arrived. Are you all about cities or the countryside?
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It’s the cold time of the year when fantasy books become more important and alive. Which books are u reading during these winter afternoons?
I read something (in, “Training for the New Alpinism”) recently that resonated with me: “It is not our natural tendency to value struggle over success...”.
Isn’t that the truth? Don’t we see a day spent falling and failing as less valuable than a day spent coasting? Obviously, we’re wrong, though. There’s really very little value in continuous success, other than in the success itself. But in struggle? There’s value from start to finish. We see things as they are, without the filter of comfort and contentment. And maybe that stings for a little bit, but it is, after all, valuable. Because if you aren’t struggling, you’ve probably plateaued. And I’ll take jagged, steep peaks over plateaus any day.
• (But... don’t quote me on this the next time I’m struggling at skiing or snowboarding or ice climbing or on a difficult hike 😛)
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AND FINALLY...we are here 🤗
Christmas in Vermont 🌲🎁 This place is probably one of my TOP happy places (next to Oregon of course) I feel safe, I feel happy, I feel blissful, I feel no stress, no worries, no anxiety, NONE! This place has a GIANT place in my heart ❣️
Hey, do you know what is the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan? If you followed my stories some time, ago, you will remember that I traveled to a weird place named Nakhchivan. .
#Nakhchivan is an Autonomous Republic that belongs to #Azerbaijan, yet, it is not within Azerbaijan but it is an enclave nestled between Turkey and Armenia.
This means that you can't enter from Azerbaijan, basically because Armenia and Azerbaijan are worst enemies so, if you are in Azerbaijan, you need to fly in.
Alternatively, you can enter from Iran or Turkey but a round-trip flight from Baku to Nakhchivan is already cheaper than the Iranian visa.
Nakhchivan is, of course, a real off the beaten track destination and a very strange place.
Just some quick facts: - It has full autonomy, including its own Parlament with its own ministers.
- It has loads of historical places, including the tomb where Noah is buried.
- It has gorgeous mountains.
- It is the largest organic food producer in the world (per capita).
- Despite its isolation, after Baku, it is the most developed region in Azerbaijan.
- The greatest president of Azerbaijan was from where.
- Its capital was elected the Islamic Capital of the year.
“Fort Washington, located near the community of Fort Washington, Maryland, was for many decades the only defensive fort protecting Washington D.C. The original fort, overlooking the Potomac River, was completed in 1809, and was begun as Fort Warburton, but renamed in 1808. During the War of 1812, the fort was destroyed by its own garrison during a British advance.”