Tall Hobbit Takeaways, Uncategorized

Tall Hobbit Takeaway – Looking Back on What’s Brought you Joy this Year

Hello everyone! Been another looong spell since I’ve last posted. If you’ve subscribed to this blog and you’re reading this, I’m grateful you’re still here and if this is the first time you’ve found this blog, welcome, I hope you enjoy your stay here however long or short.

Whatever reason you’re here, I hope you’ll join me for a look back on this past year. I know for many (pretty much everyone) 2020 is a year that we’ll be pleased to see the back of and it’d be all too tempting to simply try and pretend this year didn’t happen at all. But when you face challenging times, it’s important to remember all the moments of joy in between and the many things you have to be grateful for however mundane or trivial they might seem. Instead of celebrating New Year’s Eve, there are some cultures that celebrate Old Year’s Night, to take stock of the year gone by, looking back on all that’s happened and what we’ve learnt from it.

In this Takeaway I’m going to have a look back in a nice, simple way, by choosing some of my ‘top picks’ of the year to help remind myself of some of the many things I’ve been grateful for this year. These aren’t necessarily things that were produced this year, but things that have given me the most amount of satisfaction this year. I hope you will join me in doing the same however your year has panned out. Feel free to come up with your own categories and share them in the comments if you feel so inclined!

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Lockdown Lowdown, Uncategorized

Lockdown Lowdown – Local Adventures Whilst Social Distancing – 2nd April 2020

For those of us who enjoy the great outdoors, the news about having to go into lockdown would no doubt have been met with dread and some level of reluctance. However, the terms of the current lockdown are that you can go outside for one bit of exercise per day, as long as you are following government guidelines for social distancing, and are not undergoing unnecessary travel to get there. These restrictions have directed me towards rediscovering what my local area has to offer and I would like to share with you my suggestions with how you can have some local adventures whilst doing your bit to keep yourself and others safe during the current pandemic.

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Operation: Soaring Eagle

Operation: Soaring Eagle – 7 Highlights Of Our Montenegrin Adventure!

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In previous articles I’ve shared with you a little bit about my six month sabbatical so far, offered guidance on planning for adventure and dealing with Day One Jitters, but now I’d just like to share with you the highlights of our recent trip to Montenegro. I hope this proves useful and rousing for anyone considering Montenegro as a potential travel destination and also goes to show, in general, that once you get past all the tricky stuff with planning your travels and dealing with your nerves, great things can follow! So without any further ado, here are my seven highlights from my trip to Montenegro:

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Operation: Soaring Eagle

Operation: Soaring Eagle – How To Deal With Day One Jitters

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Hello all! I would like to share with you, if I may, my experience of beginning my adventure in Montenegro and I hope that if you are thinking of having an adventure of your own, wherever in the world that may be, that it proves useful in helping you prepare and finding your feet once you’re out there!

Most travel blogs start with listing the highlights of a trip, or describing an idyllic scene of natural beauty and supreme tranquillity, but I’m going to start by describing a difficult portion of our trip. Me and Megan had a very smooth flight from Manchester to Tivat Airport, where we found the weather to be gloriously sunny without being overpoweringly hot. The host we were staying with picked us up promptly from the airport and took us to our nice, incredibly reasonably priced apartment and then we were able to amble around the Bay of Tivat enjoying the weather, the views and the food. The next day, we were picked up by the driver from Playworking‘s Adventure House and taken there, which we would be using as our base of operations for the rest of our in Montenegro. So far so good, right?

IMG_7703I’m sure you all can remember a time where, even though things are going great, something just knocks you off kilter and you end up heavily doubting yourself. For me, that happened the first time we went into our local town of Radovici to do some shopping and get the lay of the land. I found myself confused at where the local hiking routes were, unfamiliar with the products on offer at the market and feeling unable to get clarification or assistance due to the lack of English-speakers in the area and my extremely limited grasp of Montenegrin.

We just about cobbled together some food that would maybe last us a day or two but I wound up questioning myself: why was I paying for accommodation and food all the way out here when I was doing just fine back home? Why hadn’t I learnt more Montengrin or done more research about the area before arriving here? I was in such a state of doubt, I wasn’t appreciating where I was. However, by the next day, I had completely turned myself around and was getting stuck into adventures left, right and centre (which I’ll write about in a later Highlights of Montenegro piece).

For now, here are four things you can do to get over the jitters that are usually part and parcel of going on a big adventure somewhere new:

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Gameslife, Uncategorized

Gameslife #1 – Uncharted and Scrambling

Hello and welcome! This is the first in a series of features on video games that have had a real world impact on me and has inspired me to try new things. Today, I’ll be looking at the Uncharted series of games and how they have inspired me to try new and adventurous activities such as scrambling!

It’s hard to play a globe-trotting action-adventure game such as Uncharted and not get a sense of wanderlust; a desire to get out there and have an adventure of your own!

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