Second Time Around – Part 1
Agnes glimpsed at the chunks of spaghetti, sliding down the flowered wallpaper beside her. Tomato sauce streaked to the white moulding and pooled at the floor around the broken plate.
She shook the Parmesan cheese out of her hair and brushed it off her shoulder before she pivoted toward Jack. It took every ounce of control she had to keep her voice steady. “How dare you?”
Jack’s large hands clutched the edge of the table. He glared at her as he rose to his feet and leaned toward her. “How many times do I have to tell you I hate spaghetti?”
Agnes stared at his sun-bronzed face as it shook with anger.The honeymoon is over, she thought. And only married six months.
Stockholm - The City
Stockholm is a group of islands, fourteen in the inner city, each of which has its own atmosphere. This city, beautiful even in the winter, offers an incredible array of options to visitors.
After the exhilaration of trip planning comes the foreboding. Last night, I woke, soaked in sweat. During the day, doubts fill my spare moments. What are doing? I ask myself as fear snakes its way into every inch of my body and mind. Are you crazy? What if something happens?
I am familiar with the anxiety of embarking on a holiday alone. I know these fears are a necessary step in the mental preparation for a long trip. They allow the mind to sort through the dangers, and awareness goes a long way toward evading them, but it doesn’t make it easier.
Incredible Journey # 4 – Cinque Terre, Italian Riviera
The picturesque towns of Corniglia, Manarola, Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare and Riomaggiore charm their visitors from precarious cliffs over the Ligurian Sea, as Riomaggiore, below. In the off-season, they are delightful places to visit.
Very few roads connect Cinque Terre (five lands) to the outside world. Trains, ferries and paths are the most common means of getting around.
Spring arrives tomorrow. Or so the weather woman says. She predicts normal spring temperatures, for the rest of week. From 12 C to 15 C. A brownie for breakfast seemed like a good way to celebrate.
Black Bean Brownies
These are vegan, gluten-free and quick to prepare. I took them from the minimalistbaker.com website. She has an incredible choice of awesome recipes.
A few months ago, I found a discounted ticket to Berlin. It didn’t fit in with the choices I’d narrowed down. But it worked with my budget. I booked it.
This trip is different from other holidays. I plan to focus on writing of the places I visit and have strict budgetary constraints. I thought it might be better to book ahead. I’ve spent the last two weeks, stressing over the task.
The Search For Heroes
I find many of my heroes in films. In my deepest lows, I pull out Batman Begins (2005) and watch, mesmerized, until Alfred picks up Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), on the Tibetan Plateau.
“Why do we fall, Master Bruce?” Alfred asks the boy. Bruce has fallen down an old well and broken his arm. “So we can learn to pick ourselves up.”
Other times, I reach for Just Friends (2005) – arguably Ryan Reynolds’ best movie – and laugh while Chris Brander (Reynolds) makes an idiot of himself and gets battered (mostly through his own stupidity) and beaten by an old classmate.