Faraway Files #16

TRAVEL BLOG COMMUNITY

Enter THE year of the rooster

Xin nian kuai le! Chinese New Year started January 28th this year. Did you celebrate? Happy New Year!

Now that it is February, I’m crowing a bit. I always do a little happy dance this time of year. Give myself a pat on the back for making it through the grey and dark of January. Especially this January. The rooster can be cocky and competitive and loud. Have you heard him? Who hasn’t.

But February is for love. And light. Especially in Denmark. Every day this month we gain four minutes of daylight. It may seem incremental to you, but by month’s end, that totals two more hours of daylight here. Four minutes. EVERY DAY. This. Is a good thing. This video is also a good thing. Have you seen it? A simple and beautiful message for the whole world.

We live in a time where we quickly put people in boxes. Maybe we have more in common than what we think?”

All That We Share
– TV2, Denmark

Let’s not put each other in boxes. Let’s connect on what we have in common. Put me in that box. The connector box. The willing to try box. At least once box. The build bridges box. Put me in the “I love drinking coffee” and “eating cheap tacos” and “watching Vikings” box. Put me in the “Yes, I do know all the words to American Pie box.” The “my house is usually messy*” box. The “I love cooking but don’t always follow recipes box.” You too? See. We do have things in common. Let’s celebrate that.

My favorite posts from last week are perfect examples of places and experiences that, on the surface, might seem to separate us living so faraway. But each one shows us that we have things in common too. We celebrate. We explore. We love. We laugh. We all made it through this January.

But, maybe you live somewhere where January comes with picnics and strawberries and barbecues and swimming. Are you smack in the middle of summer right now? Lucky you. If you are – I would love to discuss potential home swaps right about now. Ok – only slightly joking. But please share your posts! I’m looking for a little virtual warmth and sunshine at the moment. And that is not fake news.

This isn’t either. Just one more reason, that my family will support Airbnb as hosts and renters.

Airbnb is working with partners around the world to support refugees and those who may have unexpectedly been affected by the recent travel ban into the United States. If you would like to help by temporarily hosting these people, please add your listing here.”

– Brian Chesky, co-founder AirBnb

FAVORITES WEEK #15

Thank you to Bryna from Dotted Line Travels who shared her what the Chinese New Year’s markets look like in Taipei and Hong Kong. I would love to celebrate all that color! Amazing. Cheers!

CHINESE NEW YEARS MARKETS IN TAIPEI AND HONG KONG | Dotted Line Travels

And while the landscapes of Jordan’s Wadi Rum may feel as familiar as Mars, Kat of Where is Kat Going? assures us that we have more in common with the Bedouins who help us explore here than we might expect. Who doesn’t love the rush of wind on their face from an open jeep?

THE WONDERS OF WADI RUM | Kat Pegi Mana | Where is Kat Going?

Ruth from Tanama Tales shares a perfect itinerary and a little history of Spain’s melting pot of cultures – Toledo. Disparate cultures, religions and architectural styles bump elbows and influence each other here in this beautiful Spanish outpost.

A PERFECT DAY IN TOLEDO: A TRAVEL ITINERARY | Tanama Tales

Let us not repeat a divisive history. Amanda Afield reminds us about some of the difficult and emotional places in our collective pasts. She shares her experience visiting Auschwitz and Birkenau in her post about a day trip from Krakow, Poland.

A DAY TRIP FROM KRAKOW | Amanda Afield

On that note. Let’s rock February. Let’s rule the collective roost. Let’s connect. It’s all one big farm yard peeps. Every corner of it connected. Show me yours. Your corner people. Of the world.

This week, I’m going to take you back a little further historically. To the Bronze Age. Let’s rock some old rock carvings. Really old. Petroglyphs. In West Sweden. You know you want to. Or even if you didn’t, let me show why you should want to. Let’s go to Tanum.

Read on. Be inspired. Link with me. Connect with us. Faraway Files begins below.

* I have recently finished, The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place, by Jennifer McCartney and feel completely validated in my life choices. You too? See. Same box. Or lots of boxes, if you really embrace the book.


FARAWAY FILES TRAVEL BLOG COMMUNITY LINKUP #14
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We’d love you to join us in building this supportive and growing community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favorites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

HOW IT WORKS:
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5 thoughts on “Faraway Files #16

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Had you not seen it? It is a good message, as necessary to hear here as most places in the world. Cheers Nell. Thanks for contributing to and supporting #FarawayFiles, Erin

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