Play Mykonos

Play 1 Play 2 Play 3 Mykonos was certainly full of fun play times this trip. Frolicking on the beaches, mucking around with the Go-Pros (if you are thinking of getting one, do it! best purchase ever!), reducing each other to tears of laughter at dinner, jumping off jetties, moseying about Paradise Club at night, cruising about in our trusty Jimneys... This is the thing about travel. People can take it too seriously: they book an itinerary that sees them spending no more than a couple of nights in one place, the race around trying to see everything, chomp down food without knowing what it is (or insisting on ordering only what is familiar), before boarding a plane back home exhausted and unclear as to where they were...
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Remember That Night When You Were Sober?

A couple of days ago I was sitting in Doha International Airport for a six hour layover on my way home from Greece. Flipping mindlessly through Facebook, my eye was caught by this vlog post (see above) by Alice Nicholls, creator of one of my favourite blogs, The Whole Daily. It took me about an hour to watch the whole video as my wifi connection meant I had to stop, wait for buffering, start again, wait for wifi to reconnect, buffer, stop, start....but I was determined! I was immediately struck by Alice's authenticity and excitement and you can really see the emotions she was feeling both at the moment of her experience and in the rushed, unedited creation of her retelling. I wrote this post in "notes" on my phone as my computer was dead, so I couldn't upload this until now:  

Remember that...
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What’s In My Carry-On

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted about my 13 Air Travel Rules. Since I am gearing up to board my flight to Greece tonight (tonight?! WOOP!), I thought I would share what I take on the plane with me to get me through the 24 hours of pressurised atmosphere, recycled air, dodgy food, cramp-inducing economy seats, and the generally crap environment that is a plane. Plane travel can be uncomfortable at the best of times, but for someone with chronic pain it can quickly turn into a torturous nightmare of not only being trapped inside your body but trapped in a tiny seat in a metal tube in the sky. It is therefore best to be prepared and, in fact, all my "essentials" are useful for everyone, not just those with chronic pain. The idea...
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YOLO vs. Carpe Diem

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Y.O.L.O: You Only Live Once. It seems to be the catch-cry of my generation, the mantra by which we can justify anything and everything. It absolves us of all responsibility to ourselves/others/society. It even has its own hashtag...
The essence of YOLO is living in the moment, grasping life by the balls and doing things you wouldn't normally do because, hey, you only live once! But since when did only living once become the excuse to just do really messed up stuff? Since when did we stop taking responsibility and living wholly and not just for the moment? Don't get me wrong. I am all for mindfulness and living in the moment, but come on people, you can't just YOLO away every reckless thing you do, especially when you do it all the time. That's no longer YOLO, that's habit! Read more