My Anti-Winter Fantasy

on January 14, 2013 in Misc

Right now it’s about -5 degrees outside.

Which is yet another reason why I’m fantasizing yet again about running away to live on a tropical island.  Or up on a hill on a tropical coast, above a private cove with sparking water and in a house that Tarzan or Sheena would live in if they ever got down outta the trees.

See, I’ve never been able to handle the cold. Ever.  I wear gloves if the temperature drops to 50.  I’m ready for heavy wool underwear if the barometer drops below freezing.  I look at the extraordinary adventurer Ranulph Fiennes who at the age of 68 is now heading a six-person team that will be crossing Antarctica over the next twelve months, and I figure I’d be dead of frostbite before I even stepped off the ship taking me there.  (BTW, they’ll be crossing the continent in winter when temperatures can drop to -170 degrees.  And yes, he’s related to the actor Ralph Fiennes, aka Voldemort)

So it’s kinda weird that one of my other home fantasies is to have an old country place (okay, a big honkin’ estate) in the Irish countryside.  That’s right. I could go live in foggy, damp, chilly Ireland.  But then I know that the toasty coast of North Africa is close by, should I need some time in the warm sun. Casablanca, anyone?

A long while back I wrote here about the archeologist Kent Weeks and his wife, who to my way of thinking lead an ideal life. For six months of the year they work in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt while living on a converted houseboat on the Nile. For the other six months they go to Cairo, London, and New England, all the while continuing their breakthrough work in Egyptology.

OMG, what I wouldn’t give to do the same.

Here’s a smaller fantasy that maybe someday I’ll be able to fulfill: I want to go to a funky, small diving place on the Red Sea where I’ll spend several days with friends and locals Scuba diving and hanging out and exploring the area.  Then for a few weeks or a couple months I’d travel with Bedouin around the Sinai Desert.  Then from there I’d go to Jordan and, if possible, work alongside archeologists studying the Petra ruins, or go back to Egypt and work alongside archeologists there as a pretty useless but enthusiastic volunteer.

After a couple more months I’d want to stop in Ireland on the way back home because I’ll be longing for long chats about books and life while sitting in pubs and kitchens with cousins, and just enjoy the clouds and rain, which you pretty much never see in always hot and sunny upper Egypt.

Anyway, that’s one of my home-and-travel fantasies.  Do you have your own?  Of course you do.  You’re writers and readers, so you’ve got wild imaginations.

19 Responses to “My Anti-Winter Fantasy”

  1. It was eighty degrees here yesterday. I’ll trade you!
    I’d want to visit someplace cold during the winter, like Scotland. (And I’ve been there, so I know it gets REALLY cold in winter.) Exploring New Zealand in the fall would be great as well.

  2. Helena says:

    Alex — I went to Scotland once, and in July. Manly Scotsmen were walking around in shirtsleeves and kilts while I wore everything I packed. But the country and Edinburgh were beautiful.

  3. If you ever want a traveling partner I’m so there. Your sense of warmness coincides with my sense of warmness. We could go to Fiji or someplace like that and sip margheritas on the beach and talk about the Pope.

  4. Helena says:

    Michael — It’s a date. Now if I could only afford a ticket to Fiji… Hey, how about the Caribbean?

  5. There are so many places I want to visit, but none of them include Antarctica. So I’ll just go visit my Tiki Hut and dream :)

  6. Helena says:

    Carol – I’d visit Antarctica via a Nation Geographic special on TV. That’s it.

  7. Hart Johnson says:

    Oh, man… I’d totally join you for that tropical island cove thing. I hate winter. I want WARM. I want no day job. I want to alternate swimming in the sea, hiking up to a volcano, and writing…

  8. Helena says:

    Hart – Swimming, body surfing, excavating archeological ruins… anything but a respectable day job.

  9. The Caribbean sounds fine as long as it’s gay friendly. Jamaica is not a gay friendly nation, so I wouldn’t want to go there.

  10. Helena says:

    Michael – That’s unfortunate about Jamaica. So you and I will only go where everybody is welcome.

  11. Ciara Knight says:

    I could live on the Nile for 6 months. :) I’ve always wanted to go to Egypt. Of course, after my parents almost didn’t make it out alive, hubby says I can’t go. :( Maybe someday.

  12. Helena says:

    Ciara – OMG, were your parents there around the time of the uprising? I went years ago when it was safe, so I was lucky.

  13. Just tossing this out there…would you by any chance want to visit Hong Kong or China? I’d love to go there, but none of my friends want to go. I especially want to see Hong Kong and Macau.

    Also on the list is Australia and New Zealand. I think I’d like to go to Brazil (Rio specifically). I already have my passport so there would be no waiting on that. It’s just the money part that gets kind of sticky.

  14. Helena says:

    Michael – Wow, thank you so much for considering me as a traveling pal. I’ve always wanted to see pretty much any of those places and being with you in them would be great. But this year affording such long-distance trips isn’t possible for me. For me, money doesn’t get sticky because it never seems to stick to me long enough (lol). Maybe I could make trip to Utah this year — driving through the mountains to SLC, say. Wanna meet up that way?

  15. Sure. Email me or tweet me to let me know you’re coming. We can exchange phone numbers.

  16. Cindy Borgne says:

    This time of year sure makes one dream of warmer places. That one picture of the tree houses looks like a great place to vacation.

  17. Helena says:

    Cindy – I really have a thing for treehouses.

  18. Old Kitty says:

    I want to get a one way ticket to and live in Bora Bora island in a cat sanctuary! :-)

    Take care

  19. Helena says:

    Old Kitty – Sounds wonderful. But personally, I’d live away from the sanctuary while supporting it.