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Friday afternoon I decided to take a last-minute trip up the coast. Every time I've driven it, I've  always had some place to be and up against time.

But not this trip.

Friday I spent time in Santa Barbara and Paso Robles.

Saturday I spent time in Steinbeck country (of Mice and Men is one of my favourite books) and finally drove the G16 across to Carmel before heading up for a quick stop to see of my friends who I would literally drive 8hrs for only to spend 2 hours with.

Today I got up super early and got a super big coffee so I could drive down highway 1, through Big Sur and hopefully beat the crowds.

Henry Miller is the author of some of my other favourite books so as I drove though Big Sur I thought of him and Steinbeck and how they wrote about what they knew, what they loved, and what they questioned. I've had this idea in my head for a new project and community that I know will resonate and mean something but just unsure how to begin.

So I made sure today to stop when I wanted to. Linger when I needed. Drive wherever for however long.

And, after all the times driving through Big Sur, I finally stopped at a beach. I spent two hours here practically alone and just was.

People say it but there is something magic about Big Sur and today was the first time I felt it. I felt the shift, the inspiration, the hunger. And I felt wet sand between my toes. 
I'm ready.

Amen
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Ribe Denmark Day Trip

February 19, 2007
Ribe Denmark with pram outside

Doors, doors and more doors – this is what you will notice in Denmark’s oldest city, Ribe. It’s a great town to visit and I would recommend two days if possible; I had just an overnight and a morning which I think was too rushed.

Stay: Hotel Dagmar. This hotel dates back to the 16th century making it one of Ribe’s oldest and is a great stay right in town. The rooms tend to be on the small side so if space is something you need, make sure you pay for it. It’s also quite dear for what it is so should you need cheaper, you can get rooms above the kro (pub) across the street for half the price but be prepared to share a washroom. Also, there is no elevator so don’t bring a lot of luggage! Breakfast is included and is so amazing!

Shops: all the quaint little shops in Ribe are around the main square including the most amazing florist. If you’re visiting someone you’ll need to stop in here and if not, stop in anyway for pure inspiration. They also sell beautiful little vases/cups that you can put in your luggage. One of my favourite little boutiques here was the charming Idebutikken. The woman who runs this shop only sells things from Scandinavian artists. It was here that my mum bought me my birthday present by artist Krebs Keramik – a beautiful, charming little glass girl that looks exactly like the stick figure version I draw of myself!

Flower Shop (Blomsterhuset) in Ribe Denmark

There is also a wonderful home store that offers tax-free shopping. Bodum supplies abound but also wonderful cutlery (my mum snagged some more for her set), linens, candles and so on. I can’t recall the name but you won’t miss it. And you won’t miss the little tea shop either (or rather, you shouldn’t).

And then there’s the Cathedral which dates back to the 11th century and is the centre of the old town (and across from Hotel Dagmar). Behind it is a second hand shop that had some good deals, a bakery that did too and more cafe’s.

It’s a beautiful city to walk and just soak in. I’d recommend two nights here and laze about the town instead of rushing through it in a morning like I did.

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