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Vacation Introspection

If you do what you always did, then you’ll get what you always got.

As I don’t need to earn a living these days, some may say that my whole life is just one long vacation.  Actually it doesn’t quite work like that ~ when I’m at home in the garret my time seems to be filled with lots of ordinary and everyday stuff.  Whereas, now I’m here holidaying on Lanzerote I seem to have much more time to just sit in the sunshine and let my thoughts drift where they will.

It seems that I needed to resolve some issues, to reject the things that have blocked me in the past; the people, the choices, the mistakes, the material possessions I thought were so important…..  It seems that I need to move away from the material world towards spiritual and emotional growth, and that I need to place less importance on relationships that do not, and perhaps never will, provide what I need and desire.

I need to awaken the strength within me, the spiritual self, the masculinity, ready to fight back against all the negative influences, the misleading promises, the illusions and delusions about what real happiness looks like for me.

There are some dreams and personal ambitions I want to fulfil, particularly in terms of interpersonal relationships, and particularly sexually.  I need to fully assert myself to reconnect with my own internal courage, fortitude, and drive.

This vacation has allowed me to see that I need to progress, for the physical desires I have allowed to be unfilled to really come to fruition, that it’s time to leave behind negative people and influences, even if those people have been very close to me in the past.

It’s time I told people exactly what is on my mind, and it’s time for me to take charge and stop shying away from speaking the truth of my innermost wants, needs, desires, and dreams.

Some say that you can get 80% of what you want for just 20% of the efforts you’ve been putting into a relationship.  And that if you give some people an inch they will take a mile.  All I know is that if people don’t like the truth they can live their lives without my help.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Lanzerote is pretty nice

Food on Friday ~ Vacation Food

A good vacation for me includes sunshine, the sea, and good food.

This scheduled post should appear while I’m on vacation on the Spanish Island of Lanzerote.  Ergo I thought I’d try to feature dishes that I would cook for myself while I’m taking a cool road trip.

Perhaps the secret of vacation food is that it should be pretty easy to make and look really good, as well as being tasty and healthy.  Face it, when you’re in your trailer, camper, holiday cottage, you don’t want to spend ages making bland and colourless food that mostly comes from a can.

First this week, from Heather Christo a dish I would eat every week, and yet reminds me of so very many good times on vacation Chinese 5 spice beef and pepper stir fry.  I love making myself a stir fry, and yet my dishes never look like a work of art in the same way that Heather’s always do.

Chinese 5 Spice Beef and Pepper Stir-Fry

Next, from Teighan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, we have a dish of skillet roasted french onion chicken and potatoes, and you know what?  This looks quintessentially Gallic.  From everything you may hear and read you may think that many Englishmen don’t like the ‘Frogs’, and yet there are many Francophiles here.  I happen to love Normandy, and this dish is exactly the kind of thing I’ve eaten there.

Skillet Roasted French Onion Chicken and Potatoes

Brought to us by Elise Bauer at Simply recipes we have ginger-soy steamed salmon with spicy maple sauce by Nick Evans.  I’m pretty certain that Nick’s English, but if ever a recipe said high-end California to me, then it’s this one.

Ginger-Soy Steamed Salmon with Spicy Maple Sauce

I love Italy and Italian food, and this lasagna Bolognese recipe from Jessica Merchant promises Italian, warming, nutritious, healthy, (fairly healthy), comfort food for those colder December nights.  Those of you who still imbibe, add a glass or two of Chianti and have a great evening.  Keep the leftovers to take to work, lasagna works well in the microwave the following day.

Lasagna Bolognese

When it comes to food from the Orient, I like potstickers.  I like the look of these pork and kimchi potstickers by Chungah at Damn Delicious ~ enough said.

Pork and Kimchi Potstickers

Finally for this week, from an British girl in France, Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français has a cool recipe for coriader and cumin roasted root vegetables.  I think this recipe would make a great accompaniment to any meat or fish you happen to have in the refrigerator.  At this time of year we English love our roasted root vegetables.

Coriander and Cumin Roasted Root Vegetables

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

eggs are an easy vacation breakfast

Another Sunshine Vacation

Lanzerote; an island moulded by an artist.

If this scheduled post appears when I expect it to, then right now I’m at my local airport waiting to board a flight to Arrecife on Lanzarote, one of Spain’s Canary Islands.  I’m leaving behind weather in England that’s in the mid forty degrees, heading for sunshine and temperatures in the mid seventies.  What’s not to like?

And, it turns out that there’s an adults only beach just a short stroll from the hotel.  Shame that none of the people who read my posts ever wanted to vacation with me.  I will keep you all apprised.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Marmy isn’t going anywhere that has an adults only beach

Christmas Is Cancelled

He who has not Christmas in his heart will not find it under a tree.

To be more honest, my Christmas plans have been cancelled by my tour company.

I had arranged to fly out to the Algarve in Portugal on December 19th, to spend Christmas in the sun with a group of other like-minded solo travellers.  It should have been fun.

Sadly my tour company has just emailed me to say that ‘they have decided not to proceed with this group departure’.  Their reason…..  the minimum number of guests has not been achieved .

Disappointed?  You bet I am.

They have offered me 7 alternative Christmas Holidays, all of which are more expensive, and none of them to places I want to spend Christmas ~ such as Agadir in Morocco.  And, they will send me a refund for the $1300 or so I have already paid for my trip to Portugal.

So, unless I want to spend Christmas alone in my apartment again, I need to find somewhere to go at short notice.

Ah well, the spirit of Christmas still lives in my heart.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

there’s always somewhere with someone

Travelling Again

A vacation is what you take when you can’t take real life anymore.

If the automated posting facility works, then this should magically appear on my blog at 08:00 GMT on Friday November the 2nd ~ when I’m on an aeroplane flying south over England.

In a little while I shall be in that most magical of all places, Heathrow Airport, (English Irony), ready to board another aircraft bound for Chicago O’Hare.  Eventually, after yet another flight I will arrive at John Wayne in Orange County, California.

Really, this is one time when it’s the destination that counts, and not the journey.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Englishmen say; ‘sorry’ for no real reason

I’m sorry but I think John Wayne is a really cool name for an airport

 

Scenes of Crete

The people of Crete make more history than they can consume locally.

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The history of the Mediterranean island of Crete Crete goes back to the 7th Millennium BC, preceding the ancient Minoan civilisation by more than 4,000 years.  The Minoan civilisation was the first civilisation in Europe to build a palace and roads.

Crete is a very beautiful Island and a great place for a vacation.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Deal Me Again

If you’re weary of Mediterranean sunshine, you’re weary of life.

Heading home to England from Crete today.  Looks like that’s the last of my Mediterranean vacations for this year.  I think I’m having far too much time at home in the garret, and not enough time travelling, enjoying sunshine and good weather, exploring interesting new places, and generally relaxing.

In the rest of this year I only have one more trip organised, (mostly organised).  In November ‘the girl riding shotgun’ and I are going to New Mexico, principally to attend a 4 day retreat lead by Gregg Braden and Dr. Bruce Lipton.  I am adding a couple of days in Albuquerque to that trip, and I will by flying in and out of Orange County in SoCal from the UK.  So maybe a couple of weeks vacationing in all.

I would take a cruise over the Christmas Holidays – if I could find a cool travelling companion to go with me…..  Although I don’t object to being a solitary traveller, I really do think you need to be with someone, if you’re taking a cruise – maybe especially over the festive season.

So, I need to re-prioritise my life; spend more time being in the sun on vacation, spend more time planning and arranging vacations, put more effort into finding that ideal travelling companion, and spend much, much less time being miserable in the garret during  the cold, dull, miserable English Autumn and winter.  And, I need to continue my worthy studies into philosophy, psychology, and the Meaning of Life – especially when I am on vacation.

Some say that life can’t be all about having fun, that we have to suffer in order to fully enjoy the ‘beer and skittles’.  And, that into each life a little rain must fall.  All I know is that I’ve suffered my fair share of fucking damn downpours.

It’s time to reshuffle the deck and deal myself another sunshine Mediterranean vacation.

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Sunshine and a great pool, what more could a guy want other than a pretty woman?

Almost Drowning in Turkey

Always look before you leap.

When I went on a day’s boat trip in Turkey I jumped into what looked like fairly shallow water.  Turned out it was about 60 feet deep.  It also turned out that I’ve just about forgotten how to swim.

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I almost drowned before I made it back to our boat.

As almost drowning on vacation is not a good plan, I am taking a week’s 1 to 1 professional swimming instruction, from a lady called Sarah Kentish.

This will be in the pool of the Imperial Hotel in a British seaside resort called Llandudno.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I wonder if I’ve forgotten how to ride a bicycle too?

Places to Go

Imagination and travel to places far away are my mistresses.

There are some place in this world that I would like to take a girlfriend.  And most women would like the places I would take them.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I love sexually confident women.

Not always so far away from my place,

I like women who smoke

 

Crete ~ another vacation

Socrates and Plato took a house on Crete in the summer months.

Another month, and another vacation planned.

This time I’m going to Chania on Crete, a spectacular island in the blue, blue Mediterranean sea.  I fly out to Crete on Tuesday September 4th for a week, and I’ll be staying at a small, family run hotel, the Pella Steve II, which is exclusively for the more adult single traveller.

Chania is the most beautiful, interesting, and evocative town on Crete ~ from the Venetian Harbour to the narrow shopping streets and waterfront restaurants.  Chania also has it’s own international airport, which is very cool when it comes to transfer times.

I’m fully expecting the weather, hotel, sightseeing, shopping, entertainment, food, drink, and company to be brilliant.

These singles holidays are something different and exclusive.  Always in a smaller hotel, everyone has their own double room, everyone is open and friendly, and there always seems to be a lot going on among ‘the group’.  These singles vacations are not just sitting by the pool and reading.  In my experience these singles vacations are fun from waking in the morning to getting off to bed early the following morning.  Luckily, these days I never touch booze and get by with a few hours sleep.

In my experience you don’t need to worry about not knowing anyone before you get there ~ on this kind of vacation, new and very interesting friends are made pretty quickly.  Anyhow, on this type of vacation everyone hangs out with anyone they wish to ~ starting at the hotel bar.

However, I was thinking that it would be cool to have a travelling companion to share the experience with, not as a couple, but as friends who travel together.  Being a guy, of course I’d be the one spending all the money.  That’s what guys of my generation do.

You never know, I may find a cool travelling companion yet.  And, after this holiday on Crete, there will be another vacation coming along soon.

My email is always at the end of these blog posts.

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jack collier

email:     jsckcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Crete is a very beautiful island

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