How are you today? Welcome to this week’s Weekend Coffee Share! How has your week been?
If we were having coffee today, we’d have met up early to drive to Essen together. We’d have got coffee on the way and gone in my car while listening to Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book on the car stereo. This particular version is narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi and features the voice of Andrew Scott as Jack Frost. It’s a really good production!
Why are we going to Essen, you might wonder. Today I’m part of a guided tour around UNESCO World Heritage Site and former coal mining complex Zeche Zollverein. The tour is for hobby photographers and gives access to some places that are not open to the general public. The industrial complex covers an area of 100ha.
As usual, I was quite late to the party. It wasn’t last minute for a change, but still quite late. By the time I found out about the A to Z Challenge there was only about a month to go before it started.
Now I can say my armchair travel round-the-world trip from Auckland to Zanzibar was a success, but it took a while to get there.
“How hard can it be to write 26 posts, A to Z?” I asked myself. Well, turns out, a lot harder than I thought. What could I blog about that would give me 26 posts from A to Z? At first I tried to keep in line with the theme of this blog. Something study related, maybe? Maybe not. So, literature, then. It had to be literature. How about book reviews? Had I read books that correspond to every letter of the alphabet? I made a list and found it lacking. I could have scraped by, but some entries would have required more research than they were worth, plus the whole translation issue – it turned iffy before I had even started.
It is Saturday and that means that it’s time for our Weekend Coffee Share!
If we were having coffee today we’d meet at the ice cream parlour in town for coffee and ice cream. The A to Z Challenge is over and I feel we all need a treat for completing it.
If you’ve been reading this blog then you’ll know that my theme for the A to Z Challenge was “Postcards”, but I extended it a little and it turned more into “Letters” and “Travelogues” as time went on.
This post is the last post of the April 2015 A to Z Challenge. Find the challengers via the Blog Sign-Up or on Twitter using #AtoZChallenge.
Did you know that your passport gets stamped when you arrive on the Zanzibar archipelago, even if you’ve travelled there from mainland Tanzania? We didn’t either, until we took the ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar City.
After landing in Zanzibar City, we hired a van to take us across the main island Unguja to the eastern town of Jambiani. On the way, we drove through the Jozani Chwaka National Park and Forest.
This post is part of the April 2015 A to Z Challenge. Find the challengers via the Blog Sign-Up or on Twitter using #AtoZChallenge.
The wide open space of the Yellowstone National Park might come as a shock to city kids, when there is not much else but big blue skies and the Rocky Mountains.
We’d entered Yellowstone via the Grand Tetons in the south, travelling through Wyoming. On a tour across the northern United States – aptly named the Northern Trail – we tried to take in a few national parks on the way, and the world’s oldest national park was very high on the list.