Not a blogging sabbatical but blogging-lite

Garden pine tree in Seoul at the top of a small tower

Garden pine tree in Seoul

Small russet rescue dog adopted by Seoul Art Space—Yeonhui

The only dog that counts: rescue dog adopted by Seoul Art Space—Yeonhui

Photo of a curvacious utility pole with a load of wires.

An elegant utility pole with a load of wires.

I said I would be on blogging sabbatical for a month, and look at me. What you get is blogging-lite instead: quick and easy posts—but more frequent. I apologise for the frequency: a post-a-day is not my way.

Believe me, I’m working hard on my project, but I can’t resist sharing the odd photo, for the record.

When I’m returning to Seoul Art Space—Yeonhui and to my writing room after an outing, I see these three sights: a tree in a tower, a happy rescue dog, and a handsome utility pole. Then I know I’m almost home, and yet I’m not home, I’m very far from home. Like I’m blogging, but not blogging.

PS I have been wondering…

  1. Why do you travel, in general?
  2. Yes, but why?
  3. OK, but why?

13 thoughts on “Not a blogging sabbatical but blogging-lite

  1. Rainee says:

    Hello Rachel – your snippets are very welcome! I have done some work on your survey results and wondered if I could email it to you? Due to my lack of skill with text wrap around pictures I have temporarily taken your drawings out in the hope I can insert them back into the PowerPoint presentation. I have taken some licence and left some parts out that I felt wouldn’t resonate with the U3A group that I am thinking of sharing this with. When you get a chance would you mind having a look and if you are not horrified with what I have done please let me know. Cheers, Lorraine

    1. Hi Lorraine! Wow, you have been busy! For me this is not the best time to give my all, as you can imagine. Please do send it to me. What I should also do is adapt my own presentation and put it out there for anyone to adapt. I never try to wrap text in a powerpoint show, so my one could inspire you to take a much easier way. I think you’ll find my email on this website. If not, let me know. Thanks so much for your interest.

  2. cedar51 says:

    I love your sabbatical blogging – who says it has to be words…and we get a snippet of your time away…

  3. Claudette says:

    Well as long as you’re not blogging…🙃

    I’m enjoying the snippets, too.

  4. rummuser says:

    For a long time, I did for a living.

    Otherwise, my family and I would have starved.

    So that I could get promoted to a position where I did not have to travel.

    Now, even travel for pleasure is not possible due to health problems. No more whys.

    1. That’s a clear and sobering answer. Hey, your comment got through this time—good to hear from you!

  5. Dan Antion says:

    It’s funny how we adapt to the place we’re in and start treating it like home. I travel primarily for business, I won’t miss that much when I retire. I travel a little to see family – I’ll keep doing that as long as I can.

    1. You’re right, I certainly feel myself domesticating a new location and resisting frustration when it doesn’t happen in ten seconds. Work travel is so different from travel for travel’s sake. It’s a means to an end, not an end in itself. Writer-in-residence is a mix of the two.

  6. Jonno says:

    Snippets are ok. Loving the snippets. Blog because we love recording our travelling life and want a record of what we do and where we go in years to come.

    1. Thanks Joanna. And your own blog tag line sort of answers my first question.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    If that dog hadn’t already been rescued, I would have to fly over there and rescue her.

  8. hilarymb says:

    Hi Rachel – like you … to take advantage of being somewhere different and while there learning, looking and wondering interesting thoughts and ideas … cheers Hilary

    1. Good news. Sometimes it’s only away from home that we remember who we are.

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