I think the experiences of my Walking Crew on Sunday are filtering though to some of the other potential walkers and some of them have decided that they also need to practice doing at least one reasonably challenging walk before we have to do things for real.
To help them out I have devised a horrible looking walk of pain around Kinder Scout, I am hoping they will want to do this the weekend I am in Devon swimming in the river Dart so that I don't have to do it with them but I think we'll probably end up doing it next weekend, if their dedication lasts until the end of the week.
I am going to a digital arts festival in Namur, Belgium. It looks rather good and is free and I only paid £3 to get there and back and am staying in a hostel that this artist used to have his studio in.
As you are probably aware it's my 40th at the end of the year. So as late December is a shit time of year to organize anything and 40 is supposedly a biggie I'm going to arrange a trip to Lisbon for the week and weekends 23/11 until 1/12.
The plan is to try and get as many people as possible together, rent a flat and then get drunk. I would guesstimate around E25pppn to E30pppn for the flat, depending on who is coming, availability, location and size of flat. You never know cheaper flats may be available!
Whilst on my swimming holiday we walked half way up Cadair Idris to swim in the Llyn Cau lake beneath the summit ridge. Cadair is a very picturesque mountain indeed and also has some extremely steep sections so I thought at the time it would be fun to actually go all the way to the summit.
Despite the resulting extreme pain this holiday was still entertaining and fun.
I had planned to go and climb a Welsh mountain in the morning on Friday before getting to the bunkhouse where the swimming holiday is based but in the event I slept for too long in the morning and then prevaricated for even longer once I'd got up so by the time I left it was too late to do any of that.
I was thinking and still am of going to the Unsound festival in Krakow and was looking at how much flights would cost, £40 from Leeds, East Mids or Liverpool, £60 from Brum, but then my finger slipped the page went off Ryanair and onto EasyJet and I accidentally bought a flight from Manchester to Moscow for £42, whoops.