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December 21st, 2009
09:49 pm
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Kapiti coast, with Kapiti Island capped with cloud in the distance. The day was not as productive as I had hoped on the photo front, although I did spot a number of locales I would like to spend a season or so in, so as to get a handle on how the light moves and changes.

But that's ok. Potential photos were only part of the reason I chose that mode of transport.
When I was at the bitter end of my postgraduate studies, and metaphorically chained to my desk (metaphorical chains are harder to escape than steel ones, existing as they do in one's head) I invented the concept of interstitial time. Interstitial time consists of the unavoidable little bits of time in between that spent doing the vital stuff, which at that time included work, eating and sleeping. When I realised that they were unavoidable, I stopped stressing over them and began to value immensely these minutes spent on buses, or waiting for people to turn up or appointments to start. I'd use them to meditate, or to nap, or just to listen to whatever ambient sounds were around and feel the warmth of the sun.
When I booked this 12 hour train trip I was aware that I was deliberately manufacturing for myself a whole day of interstitial time. It was so good.

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Date:December 21st, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
I like that concept...although somedays my entire life feels like it's interstitial time.
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Date:December 21st, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean. When I had a two-hour commute I read a lot more books.

I am a bit jealous of that lovely weather, and the fact that you could take a train. My brother is currently in Calais, waiting to board a ferry, while I watch the blizzard outside and cross my fingers that the ports and the motorways stay open long enough for him to get here. Turns out the Eurostar's not so great after all.
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Date:December 22nd, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, well Europe grinding to a halt made the news here. You poor wee things. At least he didn't make it halfway through the Chunnel - or did he?
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Date:December 22nd, 2009 08:27 am (UTC)
Nope. A friend's sister did, you can read about it here: http://travelswithmyteenager.blogspot.com/

And the blizzard only lasted a couple of hours. The ground was really wet but the snow came down so fast it settled anyway. But then as soon as it stopped snowing it was so wet it started melting. Almost all gone now! But the airports were closed, so the ferry was the only way anyone was getting here from Paris.

Anyway, they're here, 3 hours late, and I managed to exchange last night's theatre tickets too.
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Date:December 31st, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Nom, Kapiti :P

Actually I often gets the guilts seeing images of it (or from the coast) - my iwi were the first human inhabitants on Kapiti and I *still* haven't been there! One day... soon...

Would you recommend the journey?
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Date:December 31st, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
The railtrip - yes I think I would, overall, although I would like it to be about 3 hours shorter. I was ready for it to be finished at about Hamilton.

If you ever go to Kapiti, I wanna come with.
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