March 2016 – A Review

Reviewing the past month is something I have not done in a long while. Now I have returned to blogging I feel it would be a good habit to get back into.

The big news for me was regaining the urge to travel again. Sometimes you lose the drive that made you want to travel in the first place. The good news that it has returned and I have made the commitment to book a trip to Bulgaria for late September. I cannot wait for it to come.

March also saw me start using the gym again. My physio recommended to help with the arthritis in my left knee. It has been successful. I have managed to lose 3.2 kg. This with the change of diet has helped the knee. It is important not to let arthritis take over your life.

I do not have much planned for April except saving and planning for the trip. More sessions in the gym are planned. The blog post this month will reflect my past travels. Overall I am feeling good about myself and look forward to what April brings.

Before I close I will share again the links to all March posts.

Midlifewanderlust1965 is dead, long live Midlifewanderlust1965!

The Next Trip

Hill of Three Crosses, Vilnius

Monument to Nothing Happening

Until the next post stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.

Steve

 

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Midlifewanderlust1965 is dead, long live Midlifewanderlust1965!

Midlifewanderlust1965 is dead, long live Midlifewanderlust1965 seems a dramatic title. However, there is some truth with it. The end of January say the end of midlifewanderlust1965.com. I chose not carry with the hosting agreement and allowed the blog to die a natural. All those posts no longer exist.

Why did this happen? In truth, 2015 was a memorable year. I started my new job. Three months into the job my contract was transferred. I am now a civil servant. I also turned 50 and I seemed comfortable with this. All in all life was feeling good. However, 2015 was the year I did not travel. This is not good when you have a travel blog. Also my creative juices and inspiration were missing. I had stopped reading other blogs and using social media. Without realising I had taken a digital break.

With the loss of the blog I thought this would bring the end of my midlifewanderlust. I was happy in my job. I had also been volunteering four hours a week at my local Oxfam store. Their values pretty much match mine and I feel that I am giving back. After much deliberation I decided to grow a beard. At my age I have gone past caring on how people think I look.

There have been two reasons why I have decided to restart the blog. First is medical. Towards the end of last year I had been suffering pain in my left knee. It felt worse after exercise and after Christmas was starting to affect my movement. I have arthritis in the knee. The way I have walked over the years has worn out the joint. Thoughts came flooding back on how my mother allowed arthritis to take over her life. I was determined not to allow this to happen. So I have joined a gym on the advice of my physio in order to build up the muscle in my knee.

Secondly, I had been watching ‘David Baddiel On the Silk Road‘ on the Discovery channel. The interesting stories and stunning camerawork brought back my wanderlust. I knew I needed to get the backpack out of retirement. I have booked my next trip for the end of September, location I will share in a future post. As I am going to travelling I felt it would be good to resurrect the blog and the name.

What next for the blog? It is going back to being a hobby. I am lucky that I work five days a week having the weekends off. This will give me plenty of future travel time. I will start again Travel Blog Success. But, it will be completed at my pace allowing a lesson to be completed once a week. I will also start adding post from previous travels.

So, I am back blogging. Midlifewanderlust1965 is dead, long live Midlifewanderlust1965.

Until the next post stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.

Steve