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Here And Now

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

The presencing I feel when I travel is like an addictive drug allowing me to be in the present, leaving me wanting more. Its fleeting nature allows it to pass into the archives of the past, reluctantly escaping into the safety of memory.

©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

I have the memories, tucked away in my heart, the experiences stored in my body and the photos stored on computer hard drives, bringing the past into the here and now.

©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

I am curiously aware of others’ experiences – what they are seeing that makes them take a photo of a particular scene, what they are hearing that makes them turn around to look at another scene and what they are feeling that gives them the freedom to strike silly poses in an effort to make the moment memorable.

©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

“Photos bring the past into the here and now.” – Regina Martins

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A-Z Challenge: A Is For Architectural Design

There are 2 dimensions to architectural design that tell me a good deal of what a company optimises for, more than its stated vision, mission and values – namely, what its buildings look like on the inside and on the outside.

Think about it – the inside of a building is a habitat for its people to do their work. People spend the best part of their day inside buildings with no opening windows, breathing in recycled air. Some desks don’t even have a view of the sky outside.

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A-Z Challenge Theme Change

Hello all,

I’ve decided to change my theme for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I confess to having bitten more than I can chew.

The topic is one which I love, and it was whilst doing my research to write the posts that I found that I wouldn’t be able to do it justice with the little time I have each day to write.

I last posted on this theme a week ago and in all likelihood have been taken off the blogger’s roll for the challenge. I’m not discouraged though because I’m going to continue with the A to Z challenge on this blog for the month of April, with a new theme!

With regards to the History Of Portugal theme – I want to write interesting pieces with accurate historical facts. I have hence decided that I will continue fleshing out this theme and turn it into a regular series on this blog.

To that end I’ve created a top-level menu item called History Of Portugal to which I’ll be adding on a monthly basis.

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I have written 2 posts already:

The Battle of Aljubarrota

The Baker of Aljubarrota

To those who expressed interest in this theme – I hope you’ll continue to come on by for this, and I hope, for the new theme – Penning with Photos.

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This new theme is easy for me to write on, and flexing and stretching my writing muscles is what this challenge is all about right? Photography is my favourite communication medium and I’ll combine this with my second favourite medium – story telling.

I have loads of photos which I regularly go through and each one brings up a memory of a wonderful holiday, travel experience or just an arb thing. It’s the stories that enliven a photo and I have a fair amount of those.

A friend once responded to my question of whether we should plan out our days while travelling in India or not, “No, let’s plan only a little bit, because it’s the unexpected encounters and the empty paths that are going to make this a trip to remember.” For a control freak like me this was a scary concept to get my head around – until these words turned out to be true.

And with this, I shall end off here now by saying 1 thing:

I have loads of catching to do up this weekend 🙂

Yours sincerely,