Am I becoming boring?

I began to wonder the other day that people might be beginning to find me boring – don’t know why but once the idea got into my mind – I didn’t seem to be able to get it out!

Silly probably but it was there. Being boring is not just about who you are as an actual person but how you present yourself.

As I felt I needed to rid myself of these thoughts – because we all know if you think about something long enough that is what you become – I put a few points to myself instead of just ignoring the whole thing.

Maybe I am crazy – well ditsy (as many people have already said I am) but I think the best way to beat something is to get to the bottom of it!

SO, here are a few points that I put to myself (don’t laugh) and then answered (don’t laugh again).

  1. Interesting people are those that like to have conversations whereas boring people more often than not avoid them, don’t they?
  2. Boring people enjoy their own comfort too much usually.
  3. Well informed people are not boring
  4. Non-boring people like to explore, to challenge to get out there and boring people just want to stay put.

Now how I answered them – truthfully too – I promise you!

  1. I love to have different conversations and rarely, if ever, avoid having them.
  2. I am not really into remaining comfortable.
  3. Well-informed on a number of subjects is my middle-name (well almost).
  4. I love to explore – as hard as it is at time I am into pushing through my comfort zone!

Obviously I am not in the least boring!

Sometimes It Really Is Best To Take a Tour

I used to think those people who took tours, rather than to strike out on their own when travelling, were too frightened to take a chance, too wary to really look around! That they missed out on so much! NOW I am not so sure.

A friend of mine who is both daring and adventurous said to me that it is plain common sense sometimes to do a tour to get the very best out of a new place, a new city, a new state or a new country – and often for good reason. Sometimes for security reasons but often because you will miss too many sites and treats!

The plain truth is that sometimes it simply is not sensible or easy to do it all by yourself. The fact is that there are pockets of the world where you will get so much more out of the experience by sitting back, relaxing and allowing someone else to escort you through all the best places and at the right tempo!

She suggested to me that there are particular countries that it definitely is better to do tours (at least on your first trip anyway).

Cuba would be one. I am told that Cuba has recently lifted many of its travel restrictions, opening it up for the first time in many many years which is fabulous!

Although it currently lacks some of the basic amenities for most tourists, it is truly a beautiful and fascinating place – according to my friend.

Central Australia – fascinating place (my friend has been there too). Even locals can become befuddled by the distances. Driving from South Australia across the Nullarbor is certainly an experience I am told – there are hundreds of kilometres of flat straight road but you wont get bored!

This is one where you will get so much more by doing a tour with an experienced guide.

Scotland – been to Scotland of course. They do speak English (with a rather difficult to understand accent in some quarters) but if you are into the literary side of things – definitely do a tour. Even more so if you are a Harry Potter fan.

Tanzania – one country I have wanted to visit for years and years – so wildlife rich. It is one country I really wish to take the kids to as well.

You should not even contemplate going to the stunningly beautiful and exciting Serengeti without a guide.

Don’t know why I have been raving on a bit on this subject but having made the “I want to do it all myself” travel mistake years ago, I don’t want to see other people miss out I suppose?

What Does a Marriage Need to Survive?

Many many people have thrown up different ideas over the years (probably more like centuries) about what a marriage needs to not only survive but be a happy and enjoyably long one – so why not me too?

Well not just me, but the result of a few views shared over a luncheon table, when a few friends and I got together recently at a Ladies Luncheon (all involved have been married for a minimum of 8 years).

So here they are, the ideas that is:

  1. Truly choosing to be in the relationship as opposed to being in it because either; (a) you hate the idea of being alone, (b) you don’t want to be called an old maid, or (c) that horrible one – “obligation”.
  2. Physical Attraction – this is important between two people, it helps you go the distance. Not talking about the original lusting after here but being with that someone that still attracts you to them after that love-at-first-sight thing wears off! And believe me it does!
  3. IMPORTANT – the ability to be able to express anger directly – in other words open communication whatever the situation and/or problem.
  4. Having similar interests, values, beliefs and even goals – holding the same primary values is absolutely vital – no way around that unless you want disaster to fall upon you.
  5. ANOTHER IMPORTANT ONE – the ability to laugh and have fun together. Also the ability to cry and express sadness together.

Things in London at Easter

Lots of advice around about accommodation, and travel, for people who are thinking of coming to our beautiful and exciting, City of London, for Easter.

Our family is very lucky because we already live here! But here’s my few thoughts even if you don’t live here already – a worthy trip for those who don’t.

For those who are looking maybe for that slightly different Easter Service – don’t miss the story of Easter that will happen in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. Its live, it’s a full-scale re-enactment of the crucifixion and is to be performed by a cost of 100. Haven’t been before myself but have been told the two performances draw tens of thousands so obviously it is an event you need to arrive at early.

Getting there early just doesn’t suit some families, especially those with young children, but there are some other marvellous services including ones at St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Consider too an Easter visit to the London Zoo – after all new seasons bring new offspring in various shapes, sizes and forms. Also plenty of new life will be found at the London Aquarium or (this is one of my personal favourites) head to one of London’s fabulous city farms. Great opportunity for every member of the family to get up close and personal with some newborns. A thrill not to be restricted to the children of course!

AND don’t forget that fabulous Giant Easter Duck Hunt at the WWT London Wetlands either.

Not everyone would realise that London is famous for its number of Easter Egg Hunts – so it’s not hard to join in and score some chocolate goodies. Try Kew Gardens for instance (but you will be under the eye of the Easter Bunny himself). A great hunt as you get to follow the Lindt Flavour Trail.

Do remember Springtime Sightseeing – for instance head high above London with a trip up The Shard or the Coca-Cola London Eye. Or even an open top bus tour or have some fun participating in a London Duck Tour. Maybe, even treat yourself and the kids to Harry Potter World – to join in the 15th Anniversary Celebrations of the first Harry Potter film – hard to believe it is that long (and more) since we first got to know Harry on film!