I live in London and work as news editor for a financial publication. I spend most of my spare time climbing, travelling, and blogging about it.
In no particular order, I also love yoga and aerial circus; avocados; learning Spanish; novel theatre productions; discovering off-the-beaten-track entertainment in London; colourful sportswear; cookery programmes; tea; very dark chocolate.
In these unprecedented times, we are all having to change and adapt the way we live our everyday lives. And this doesn’t just mean not going out with friends and working from home. It also means you can’t go to your favourite exercise classes or climbing at the gym.
To be honest, exercise classes are something I have really missed since going away to travel. Despite climbing all the time outdoors, I miss being able to mix things up by going to hot yoga, or aerial circus, or the odd Zumba class. That sense of togetherness that gives you the extra motivation you need when you just can’t be bothered!
But I have also learned a lot about motivating myself – to stretch regularly, to do yoga, to do rehab. And, yes, even to climb, because sometimes even that is hard to get excited about. So here are a few tips for all of you guys stuck at home and staring at that exercise mat, thinking “Maybe tomorrow”.
The last few weeks have been straight up hard. The little bit
of work I have had has been hard, because I would spend the whole day reading
headlines about the coronavirus epidemic and watching the economy spiral out of
control. Then, not having any work anymore was even harder.
For weeks now, the internet has been overrun with negative headlines and the word ‘coronavirus’ features in around 90% of all articles. Truth be told, I have found reading the news pretty stressful and am increasingly avoiding my smartphone.
Over the past two years of travelling Europe, we have become pretty experienced nomads. We know which countries look more favourably upon wild camping. We know where in Europe to go for cheap diesel. We know which countries have the best veggie fare. But it hasn’t always been like this. So here, I thought I’d share what we learned on our travels.
Have you ever had the roof in your home leak really badly? It’s pretty stressful, right? Every time it rains you freak out a little. And that constant worry about how much it will cost to fix!
Now imagine the leak is right next to your bed. And it splashes all over the place even if you put a bucket underneath it. Your slippers are wet, your walls are wet, the paint is starting to peel off, everything is damp. And you have no heater to dry stuff off. And it keeps raining really, really hard, like buckets of water coming out of the sky.