Faroe Islands – Tórshavn

Free bus on the island!

 

We thoroughly enjoyed this brief visit to the Faroe islands (we had to be back on ship by 2.30pm) and was beginning to enjoy the light nights too.

When we arrived, we went to the tourist office and asked about the free buses. Yes, you don’t have to pay for their public transport on the Faroe Islands.  A group of us then traipsed to the bus stop “around the corner”, to catch the island bus.

As we waited, one lady told me she had been on two, around the world, cruises. One, one way and the other, (you’ve guessed it) the other way. On the second cruise, she knew a lot of the passengers from the first cruise. Can you imagine going on a cruise for three months? I can’t. Two weeks is quite enough. Most of the people on the cruise ship had done about “eight or nine cruises” although I suspect many had done more than that!

The evening before, we sat in the pub bar on the ship having found the Lido (dancing) Lounge too dull. All ballroom/line dancing. We like to bop to pop music and have a laugh. Anyway, a chap who dines with us joined us and we watched the horizon stay light as the night went on. “It’s still light!” was laughingly repeated constantly. We all sat at the bar enjoying the cruising, drinks and company. This was when we really started to enjoy ourselves.

Back to Faroe Islands. We went to catch the bus and did a circuit of the island (FOC) and eventually disembarked in the north of the area at the local cultural centre called the Nordic House that offers theatre, arty exhibitions, dance and music performances in a contemporary space. This was an interesting insight because it exhibited a selection of photos which spanned a year of life on the Faroes.

The Nordic House in the distance

 

After that, we walked towards the town, through a park and just had a wander. We like to do a mix of tours and independent travel when we participate in a cruise.  The amount of statues around Torshavn is fascinating and I photographed a few.

Tórshavn, on Streymoy Island, is the capital city of the Faroe Islands and the smallest capital city in Europe. It also is known for the wooden turf-roofed houses and Tórshavn Cathedral, rebuilt in the 19th century. Local shops, pubs and restaurants are in around the main shopping strip, Niels Finsens gøta.

Torshavn – Harbour

 

Obviously, we found a couple of pubs and enjoyed some local beer then wandered around the harbour.  Thoroughly enjoyed Tórshavn, and our walk but we had to be back on the ship mid afternoon. Hopefully, we will return and stay longer next time.

By the way, when we returned to the ship, we enjoyed a late lunch. Didn’t usually bother with lunch because of the large breakfast but on this day we decided to indulge. Anyway, only had a plate of salad just to keep me going. Two women joined our table and all was well until my husband innocently mentioned the free bus around the island. They had just returned from their rather expensive island tour. Well, they looked furious. “Free bus! Free bus!” The woman spluttered as she was stuffing a huge plate of chips into her mouth. Oops…tumbleweed… for the remained of lunch. Well you can’t get on with every passenger, I suppose. ☺️

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One size does not fit all!

When I heard about Ashley Neil Tipton showing her plus-size collection at fashion week, it made me wonder about the dichotomy that is the fashion industry. Why is it so unusual to see full figure apparel on the runway or advertised anywhere else? The fashion industry promotes tiny when society isn’t.
The argument is that it is not healthy to advertise larger sizes and promotes obesity. But you cannot confuse skinny with health. The confusion arises by the question what is normal and what is healthy? A diverse range of clothing images using fuller figure people could develop self-esteem in some, and promote a more balanced society.
Clearly how we see ourselves and the reality is the difficulty but a balance is clearly required and, as far as I can see, wanted. If the false images dissipate we can formulate a sense of creativity with humility and not prejudice and discrimination. Oh and get rid of the airbrush too!

Are we really addicted to the internet?

Recently, I watched a video about internet addiction, which made me question whether we are addicted.
The Internet has revolutionised how we work and play. It is a central point for an unprecedented accumulation of information. Collaboration and interaction between local or worldwide communities manifests a space where we are now able to write, read, learn, watch television, do puzzles, business and connect with friends, etc. Overall, the internet has replaced where and how we conduct our work and down time. Social media sites such as Ideapod enable knowledge dissemination so we become interested in not only new subjects, but write, research and debate about them too.
Therefore, we are not necessarily addicted, but need to enjoy life outside the internet arena. There is room for both. Perhaps it is a case of being resourceful with time? What do you think? Turn off your phone/computer/notifications for a set period? Have a tech free day? Now there’s a challenge!

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Do something different…

It’s important to do something different. Recently, I started walking Oscar and discovered an amazing array of walks in the local woods. We roam aimlessly for an hour or two with the glistening, autumn sunshine peeping through the trees.  Even I’m surprised how much I enjoy the walks and talking to Oscar, a miniture schnauzer.  The owner is fast becoming a friend too.

Ultimately, it has been uplifting, refreshing and challenging.  It also helps me make my life more diverse, valid and interesting. Maybe, we should do a yearly challenge whereupon you do something different every month, week or even , on a smaller scale, every day!

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