May 15, 2015

Cutting Loose

written by Hannah

Twice over the Alps before ever I was born, my name is Hannah but when online I tend to go by Lunaed, or Eluned Francis. I like to live in the past or in other peoples' present. I live to travel and love to see the world from the perspective of others. I chew slowly, and absorb the world in much the same way: savouring it.

For a long time now I have been threatening to up sticks and leave but caution kept me captive. Even now, living in the house of a couple who were strangers to me last week, I am clinging to certain luxuries that add comfort and security to our every day lives. I am writing this post on a laptop, came to this house in a car and have more belongings with me than I could feasibly carry in my rucksack.

I guess you could say that I am easing myself into the nomadic lifestyle but sometimes it is better to make a leap of faith than to slip from one state into another. When I was working out in Meribel I had issues with this machine in so much that it refused to connect to the WiFi network for the duration of my stay. My phone wasn’t much better behaved and whenever I needed access to the internet I would traipse down to the Office de Tourisme in the centre of the town in order to conduct my online life. The sheer effort and expense that this entailed meant that I quickly lost my dependence upon the internet and was arguably much happier for it.

Now, I don’t yet know how I am going to keep this blog updated whilst overseas, but I certainly don’t meant to take my laptop around with me. I suppose I will have to hash out my thoughts on paper and then resort to the dreaded internet cafe in order to publish them. Truthfully, I am quite excited about the prospect of a life without regular access to the internet because for years I have been far too obsessed with it. Whereas once it was a source of comfort when I was “bored”, I find myself banally checking it at times during the day when I really ought to be doing something constructive! It has become a destructive force in my life and I am fairly certain that the ease with which we can search online for how to do something has damaged our memories terribly.

I will stop venting my frustrations with the internet now, and sign off. This is just a post to say that I am finally underway and that I am thoroughly enjoying life on the road. I will write again shortly with details of what I have been up to this past week but not yet. Today it is gloriously sunny and I have a forest to explore… In other words I am in the process of cutting loose, slowly but surely. Enjoy the rest of your Friday everyone, and have a lovely weekend.

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