“And all I can do is read a book to stay awake,
And it rips my life away but it’s a great escape.
Escape, escape, escape.” ~ No Rain by Blind Melon
The National Year of Reading theme for May is “Escape”
So what kind of “escape” are we talking about?
- Escape from incarceration
- Escape from oppression
- Escape from a noisy mind
- Escape for a holiday
- Escape from the rat race
- Escape from something else….
You can check out a great list of books on LibraryThing that have been tagged with “escape”.
To me “escape” means travel to exotic locations. Here are a couple of my favourite books about “escape”
- Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Happy Isles of Oceania by Paul Theroux
This relates to my personal favourite genre – Travel with a twist
Here I list some of my random thoughts and impressions after one year in this new location and lifestyle (in no particular order of relevance or preference):
- Have settled into this new life
- LOVE the new vistas
- Needed this change of scene more than anything
- Miss my kids and parents achingly
- Feel I have escaped the “ratrace”.
- Realise I am not a “country person”.
- Have not seen evidence of the fabled “country charm”.
- Am amazed at the lack of world view by many country-folk.
- Feel a sense of impending doom.
- Have seen/experienced the effects of the population/cultural explosion/collision in Melbourne and want to warn the locals of the approaching tsunami.
- Feel like a foreigner in my own country.
- Have read the local history of Portland and realise how this has shaped the culture of the town.
- Love the look of the old buildings especially those made of stone.
- Always feel sad at the sight of another dead koala on the road and wish I could protect them.
- Love the local bird life.
- Still want to live in France (not sure why) but realise the culture/population problem is far worse there.
- Am looking forward to settling into our new house.
- Feel proud of what we have achieved with our building project.
- Miss friends, workmates and lifestyle on the Mornington Peninsula.
- Portland is a “blokes” paradise.
- Love the regular trips to Melbourne on a small (20-seater) plane.
- Appreciate Melbourne more as a visitor.
- Miss regular and varied choices of movies to see at the cinema.
- Have not established a regular exercise routine yet.
- Feeling healthier as a probationary vegan.
- Enjoy listening to audio books in my car as I travel the country highways.
- Love the weather – the wind, the cold, the rain. Sunny days are gifts.
- Love living beside the wild open sea.
- Enjoy the variety and challenges of my job.
- Have made some new friends.
- Grateful to have a constant companion/friend/husband to share this with.