Making Voyages

September 4, 2013

Making Voyages

A wise co-worker of mine emailed me after I announced my departure to wish me well. She had just seen the Tennessee Williams play Camino Real and relayed the take away message for me: Make Voyages! Attempt them! There is nothing else!

I leave for England this week (tomorrow, in fact!) and I’ve been carrying those words around with me like something of a mantra. It’s intense stuff, this whole leaving a beloved city and moving across the world thing. I feel the intensity so much more now as an adult – with the roots of a job I loved, friends I had to try really hard to make (none of that university ease in adulthood), and a life I was quite happy with – than I did when I left England to come here. Back then I had just returned from eight months of backpacking across the world and had an adventurous spirit coursing through my veins. Moving to another country felt like no big deal. I threw some things in a suitcase and jumped on that plane without a second thought.

It’s different now. I’m older and a bit warier of change and upheaval. And yet the old tug for travel and adventure is there; it’s always been there and we’re finally acting on it. This decision to move has made me feel weirdly mortal, forcing me to consider the ticking of the clock. If I only have this tiny amount of time on earth, what do I really want to do with it? Where do I want to go and what do I want to see?

And so, the mantra: Make Voyages! Attempt them! There is nothing else!

I imagine it will be a while before I’m here posting new recipes again but once we get settled and sorted, I’ll be back. See you then.

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Marisa September 4, 2013 at 11:17 am

I’ve been feeling just the same lately. The tug is pulling at me again. Feeling so unsettled in my life and where I am. And like you, contemplating how much time I have on this planet – and afraid of what I may miss out on if I let even more time slip by . . . Throughout my adult life I’ve felt a longing to move to Europe. Whenever I visit I feel myself come alive in a way I’m not used to here. It just feels right to me. But as of yet, I’ve not figured out a way of making it happen. But through all my ups and downs and bouts of indecision it is the one feeling – soul’s urge if you will – that remains constant and always comes back to me. In any case – so excited for you and this new adventure of yours! Just think of all the new people out there that you have yet to meet – your new friends and co-workers and neighbors. Your new community. They are all there just waiting for you to find them :)

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Angharad September 4, 2013 at 3:41 pm

What a beautiful comment, Marisa. It’s always comforting to know that others feel the same way. Your sentiment at the end really got me though (“Just think of all the new people out there that you have yet to meet – your new friends and co-workers and neighbors. Your new community. They are all there just waiting for you to find them.”) I just love this thought. Thank you. xo

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John F September 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Having traveled a lot when I was younger (and not always being good at it), I have now found joy in passing ‘adventures’ along to our six year old hoping she will be better at it than me.

‘Voyages’ come in many forms.

Good wishes in your new voyage.

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Liz September 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm

What a lovely post Angharad! I think it’s vital for us all to stop and think what we really want out of life and I admire you and Dan so much for having the courage to do this. Thinking of you this week and know that although you are leaving behind many people, places and things you love, you’re both coming back to people who love you and new experiences to enjoy and share. Here’s to some new adventures chica :) xxx

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Danielle September 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm

What wise words, my dear. I haven’t yet taken chance to really grow roots in a place but I am eager to know what they feels like. And then, not at all looking forward to the mixed feelings when the pull of adventure gets the best of me again.

What I am sure of, though, is that we always take the memories with us; not to mention that the people who make up what was once our home can visit/be visited :) Best of luck with your move! I don’t doubt there are many more memories with old friends and new awaiting your arrival across the pond.

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Stephanie September 4, 2013 at 10:37 pm

God Speed, my dear! We are constantly moving cities — not countries yet — for work and school. Every time, a little bit of my heart stays in that city with my friends and my favourite places there. But that also means that I have so many places to come “home” to . . . people and places I want to keep returning to. And it is wonderful to have this web of “home” stretched across a continent. I wish the same for you . . . The Atlantic Ocean is but a small pond.

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Holly September 4, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Oh lady love! Your words struck such a chord with me, because I too have felt that mortality as of late. Between exciting new beginnings and tearsome passings, each has reaffirmed that yes, we only have one life so we have to live it big.

I cheers you with a Pimm’s Cup, my lady.

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rebecca September 5, 2013 at 2:08 am

Glad to see you’re back! (I came here for the lavender bread recipe–friends request it.) Also, exciting news that you’ll be eating for England in England soon! Happy moving.

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rebecca September 5, 2013 at 2:09 am

Also, your redesign looks fantastic.

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Angharad September 5, 2013 at 11:36 am

Thanks, Rebecca!

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Annie September 5, 2013 at 10:46 am

Looking forward to hearing about your new adventures – culinary or otherwise! best wishes to you and yours.

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Jayne September 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I applaud your courage Im so torn with the thought that I should live and experience somewhere else but cant seem to find the get up and go! I love the line in the first comment “the new people you have yet to meet, your new community” what a lovely thing to think, hope your “new community” is fabulous. Wishing you safe travels and happy times.

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