Posts Tagged ‘emotion’

The divorce

Mini campervan overlooking MaCleans Nose on Ardnamurchan

I felt a bit of a struggle coming up when we drove back from Orkney. The paddle of the clutch was not responding all that well. It kept sticking. Overall it sounded a bit unwell. I thought it caught a Scottish cold or something. The indicator lights didn’t flash up when needed and the headlight…

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How to improve your mermaid spotting skills.

Mermaid in steel door in Wick, Scotland.

Paddling around this enchanting landscape of the Scottish coastline, illusions of magical creatures under the waves start floating around in my head. It is almost tangible that there must be mermaids around. Mermaids, sirens and selkies are all part of the seafaring folklore. They have been depicted at maps of the world from the middle…

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Foraging companionship and the taste of seaweed

Plate with fried seaweed, Dulse

“Do you know the different types of seaweed?” the guy asks, he’s one of the 14 nephews and cousins we just met. They stay in the large house for the yearly work party on the currently unpopulated island of Ensay or Easaigh in Gaelic. Standing side by side, the house and chapel shape the deep…

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Trouble in paradise

Prelude The sky turns slowly in the color of a big black bruise, Ominous and threatening on the horizon, while we peddle over the to Mull, it looks harrowing. Although it is getting darker the weather is still and calm. Literally: ’the calm before the storm’. We paddle fast, at the other side of the…

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The love boat

Alexander holding a rock in a heart shape

A ship is always safe at the shore, but that is not what it’s built for. — Albert Einstein or John A. Shedd. I always tell my kayaking students, jokingly, ‘the best thing about this sport is that it allows me to yell and scream at my spouse’. And it is true, a rough sea…

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