Day 21 I think

Today didn’t really work out to plan for me – well at least so far it hasn’t … And it’s a Sunday so it will probably continue in the same vein.

I awoke earlyish and got my stuff together to go hiking – I had decided to join a free hiking group that meets right on the French / Swiss border and then goes up the mountain that overlooks Geneva, La Saleve. I was looking forward to getting some altitude under my feet and maybe even meeting a few new people. But by the time I drove to the appropriate place there were absolutely no parking spaces whatsoever. I searched and searched but couldn’t find anywhere. To say I was disappointed is an understatement.

So i decided to visit a local market that was in full swing. I like markets, especially foreign ones – they always seem to be more vibrant than their UK counterparts. All the meat, fresh fruit and vegetables made me quite hungry and I was SO tempted to buy some steaks … But no, I had thankfully only taken a few Swiss francs with me so the steaks will have to wait till I obtain some kind of employment.

I came back to my apartment and tried to find some definite guide to hiking routes up the Saleve but I didnt have much luck. It got me thinking back to my hiking mentality while I ws in the uk. Let it be known that I was the type of hiker who attack a route on his own – way out in the deepest darkest corners of the Scottish Highlands. I’m not saying I was an expert – far from it. In fact I took some silly chances with the weather a few times and could quite easily have perished. But now the nearest mountain is the Saleve and it’s no big thing … Sure! I’ve heard that quite a few people die up there … Ummm …. But that’s the same as in Scotland! The Saleve is around the same height as Ben Wyvis – so why am I so hesitant to just storm up it on my own.

Perhaps it’s me just being a little over sensible.

Who knows. Anyway- I will go up it another time very soon – here’s a quick pic I took with my phone …

Not very good I know but I’m awful at taking phone photos.

Anyway so thats about it for this post … there seems to be a distinct lack of wringing of soul and gnashing of teeth in this one. I cant really explain why though – I suppose if you were to ask me how I feel I would just say Im ok.

Just ok.

Nothing more.

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By partanimalpartmachine Posted in Diary

4 comments on “Day 21 I think

  1. Yes I have read and loved that poen before … especially the bit about us all having our desert places …

    But im in a Charles Bukowski mood and I present this to you ….

    there is a loneliness in this world so great
    that you can see it in the slow movement of
    the hands of a clock.

    people so tired
    mutilated
    either by love or no love.

    people just are not good to each other
    one on one.

    the rich are not good to the rich
    the poor are not good to the poor.

    we are afraid.

    our educational system tells us
    that we can all be
    big-ass winners.

    it hasn’t told us
    about the gutters
    or the suicides.

    or the terror of one person
    aching in one place
    alone

    untouched
    unspoken to

    watering a plant.

    — from Love is a Dog From Hell: Poems, 1974-1977

  2. Ah yes, Desert Places is one of my favourites:

    They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
    Between stars–on stars where no human race is.
    I have it in me so much nearer home
    To scare myself with my own desert places.

    Hmm I have never read anything by Charles Bukowski so thanks =P

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