Category Archives: Sidetracked

Chasing Ice with Torben Jensen

Got interviewed about my trip to Greenland in 2009. 🙂 And got a chance to share my pictures from the trip. Have a read and give the writer a follow.

TOO BIG A BITE?

imgp0506Torben is a fellow writer and avid traveler. Apart from writing and traveling, his passion is anything related to books, which he also frequently blogs about. This time, however, we shared some stories about his trip to Greenland over a cozy meal in a small Irish town.

Greenland might seem an odd choice for a place to visit. Why did you pick it?
I didn’t actually choose Greenland as much; it was offered by my University as a study trip to explore Greenlandic culture and its importance to Denmark’s little known colonial history. To be completely frank, I mainly used it to avail myself of a free trip to experience some dramatic geography and a part of Denmark that many Danes will never see in person, which was outside the trip’s intended purpose.

Did you have any expectations before your journey?
To see ice. Lots and lots of ice. And I…

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The Literary Arm – It has Begun!

An amazing combination of summer, new books, writer’s block and small First tattoopersonal projects has done away with my ability to write posts for the past many weeks. So no… I’m not lazy, just distracted. Anyway, I got a tattoo. Seems obvious enough, since the post even features it along with an unassuming apple, that turned out to be sour. Continue reading The Literary Arm – It has Begun!

Sidetracked in Edinburgh

No book update this week. I will however share some of the thoughts I had on life and opportunity, while being stuck at Edinburgh airport.

My flight got cancelled 2-3 hours after I was supposed to have been soaring over the British Isles. This was somewhat surprising, since the delay had been announced 12 hours prior, so you would have expected that the problem would have been solved by then or alternatives proposed. Alas, I got the opportunity to watch some 100 passengers scramble to the check-in desk in a mad dash to get a seat on the next time flight, get alternative travel arrangements in place, etc. And initially I thought “crap” followed by “really?” and replaced a general sense of uneasiness. This, and I assume for many others, was taking me out of their comfort zone. That mental space where you’re in control, where everything fits into their little niches and where there are no real surprises.

Why am I feeling uneasy? The comfort zone is just that, it’s comfortable and non-threatening.  It’s safe and secure. It’s a place where nobody is challenging you. And I feel stuck in it right now. And apparently a little fearful of leaving it. Why else would the uneasiness be there. And the sentiment was shared by the crowd. “This is not their comfort zone, do something airline personal to put me back there.”

So I decided to see this break from my plan to do something interesting. I went to check out this view (since I’m posting this via the mobile app, I hope there is going to be a picture). And then I’m going to evaluate some lifestyle choices.
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Next week I will update you all on how the writing is going. Until then…