Saturday, August 20, 2011

A disconnected Holiday

What happens when nature overcomes technology and you end up without a signal for a week, either radio or mobile phone,

compliments of the obstructive overhang of moody mountains?

Without the bleep of text or the distraction of internet and radio, you gain oodles of time.

To stare at the scenery, especially the exquisitely coiffed locals.

And ponder what might be in store for them.

Take bad photos with more of yourself in them than the fantastic scenery you were aiming for.

Admire the creatively named, garbage disposal outlets.


Or soak yourself in Ann Enright's novel of the inevitable upshot of an illicit affair and all the sensuous detail of what happens in between. The Forgotten Waltz blended perfectly with Connemara's broody, shadowy, hills, water and mist.

Even the onslaught of traffic,on Friday 19th August, heralding the arrival in Delphi of hundreds of frighteningly fit cyclists for the Gaelforce race,did not cause a blimp of stress after a signal-free week.

Maybe it's good to be disconnected for a while.


Susannah said...

Wonderful photos! (I love those magnificent curly horns!)

I can just imagine how much time would be gained without a phone or internet! I am sure once the initial panic had passed it would be great. :-)

A lovely post! I'm glad you had a good time.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

After that very nice comment on my post today I had to hurry right over! I often dream of unplugging, but it's such a huge part of my daily routine and work as writer, editor, new author website promoter that it would be next to impossible. Unless I went somewhere like this and HAD to unplug. Love the photos!

Debbie said...

Sounds like your technological disconnection did wonders for the neurological ones, Mari. Great photos and descriptions, especially of the woolly company. It sounds like a lovely holiday. Debbie

Mari G said...

Susannah-thanks for kind words...I loved the curly horns too!
Karen - So glad I did make that nice (and very true) comment now when it sent you right over -LOL. Nice to hear from you.
Debbie - the holiday was lovely, whatever about neurological improvements... Hope to see you soon x