A journey round my apartment in Gijón, Asturias (northern Spain).
Where is your home? Are you happy there or do you dream of moving elsewhere?
For most of my life I’ve been overwhelmed by an urgent desire to be somewhere other than where I am. To travel, to see the world and try to make some sort of sense of it all…
John Ruskin once said that “the twin purposes of art are to make sense of pain and to fathom the sources of beauty,” and I believe we can say the same of travel.
To move, to breathe, to fly, to float
To gain all while you give
To roam the roads of lands remote
To travel is to live
~ Hans Christian Andersen
But as passionate as I am about travel, I also love and need the solitude of home.
I wouldn’t last two minutes as a “digital nomad”. My intermittent stints as a vagabond are more than enough for me.
I remember reading something once that went a little like this: “Rather than trying to work out how you can travel more, why not try to work out how you can create a life that you don’t want to escape from?”.
It had a profound affect on me and contributed greatly to me upping sticks and moving to Barcelona all those years ago.
My home is indeed my castle. It’s a cocoon, my very own island.
It’s where my furry family is – Chica, Erica, Pablo and Café.
It’s where I hatch new travel plans. It’s my office, my workshop, a safe place to dream and create.
It’s where I try to decipher the Spanish language by eavesdropping on Rosana’s phone calls, where I learn how to make paella.
It’s where I write and read and ponder over the big and often paralysing questions of life.
It’s where my favourite coffee cup is, where I cook dinner while listening to audiobooks.
And although it may not look like it from what you see on this blog or on my Instagram feed, it’s where I spend most of my time.
Home is where every journey begins and ends.
Home is where chaos succumbs.
Home is the greatest escape of all.
Tell me about your home in the comments below. Where do you live? How do you feel about your home? Do you dream of living nomadically or do you need a place to call home?
Disclaimer: Our beautiful Spanish scratch map was gifted to us by the guys at Polo Cartographica – a great little gift idea for the Hispanophile in your life.