Saturday, 18 October 2014

Setting up Camp | Thoughts on the Internet

I had a really wonderful day today. The more usual warm weather was back (it's been quite thundery since I arrived)..

..and I decided to establish camp at the bottom of the field by the bamboo groves, well back from the house.

This also gives me a view out towards the village that I don't have when camped right next to the house. I also feel more like a next door neighbour and have a bit more space between me and the folks I'll be working for.


Another benefit of this spot is that the wifi signal doesn't reach this far. You might not consider it a benefit, but it means my camp is a more peaceful place where I can relax, read, and write offline without the distractions of Facebook or instant access to web pages. If I do need access, I only have to walk to the other end of the field.

I've been considering this approach to the Internet since my time on Scoraig where I discovered greater happiness when I was more connected to myself and the life around me, without the constant connection to a greater external world. I'm more content and grounded when my attention is held within the real environment I'm living in.

Of course the Internet has great advantages too, so connecting in at certain times to do what needs to be done, share my thoughts, or chat to a friend is also one way to live 'alone' yet connected. Scoraig was a wonderful place to stay at home with oneself and the natural environment; a part of oneself that in modern living we all to often become somewhat of a stranger to.

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15 comments:

  1. Hi Chris

    Helen from Annan here, you might remember an overnight camp last year while you were on your way to Portugal.

    Just caught up with your blog after a while.

    I agree that it's beneficial to be away from the internet for a while rather than being constantly "wired in".

    Your wee dog is beautiful. He's landed on his feet being a co traveler with you and all the beautiful places you arrive at! I have two border terriers and overall the pros outweigh the cons, they're great company.

    I'm loving my toyota campervan, even though I haven't been able to go any further than dumfries and galloway ...yet. Plenty in my own region to explore so I'm not disappointed, and neither are my dogs. Next year I hope to get up to the North west of Scotland and perhaps the Hebrides. I just love the remote areas of Scotland.

    The van needed a ball joint to pass mot and just general service so nothing expensive. I've found a local mechanic who loves my van. He's going to treat the underside for me next summer. He says my van is definetly a keeper! Best vehicle I've ever had in my life. Happy Days.

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  2. Hello Chris,

    Peter here, ( Holland, Penrith to Leeds...)
    Seems you re doing fine. Good to see that you have a dog. A dog could have a worse destination than ending up living on the road. Not bad at all , for a dog, or person.
    The pictures look good, the colours remind me of Spain, the colours look very inviting to go and make some watercolours.

    Take care,

    Peter

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  3. Hi Peter,


    Good to hear from you. I hope the rest of your journey was interesting, and that things are going well for you back at home. I agree the colours are quite subtle and I enjoy making photos especially in the evening time. Its great having the little dog as well!


    Thanks for getting in touch,


    Chris

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  4. Oh hi Helen!


    Nice to hear from you. I don't think I saw your dogs when I stopped over last year. I'm sure they do enjoy getting out and about in the comfort of the back of the van. I don't know many dogs that get to relax in a living room while on journeys! Camper van dogs get to travel in style! I'm glad to hear your van is going well too.


    I hope you get a mild winter up there,


    Chris

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  5. How do you get connected to the internet Chris, in remote areas ? Using a netbook as I do,I had tried using my computer while in Spain a couple of years back.A "dongle" that I bought in Spain,that plugs in worked ok,but within minutes it had eaten up all the credit I had bought.Vodaphone was the only company that I could get a "deal" with & connect to,that had "Roaming" capability.But it would be so expensive to keep doing this.I did see on Youtube yesterday,a US campervan blog,and the guy there was connecting his netbook computer via his 4G IPhone using bluetooth connection.This means he must have been paying a monthly subscription.Costly to some @ £35 pm But if you are living full time & not already paying for a home internet, it may be worth the money.

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  6. Should add the guy on Youtube was in USA and after asking Carphone Warehouse recently,was told there isn't any cheap way to stay connected to internet while roaming in EU.You may know different of course.

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  7. ps Chris, I too have been a keen viewer of your progress & travels around.Shouldn't say this but I've had a few giggles at your misfortunes, & your crash was good "TV", I'm sorry to say.Followed closely to see how you'd get that sorted..But as you said,the rough times are the times that make memories. - I have a Toyota Campervan (1998 Jap Import poptop 2.8 AM Craft version),that I bought about the same time you started,have driven a few times across Spain,and one time France-Spain (God the cost of those French tolls !).I've lots of questions for you,but I'll ask one at a time. :)

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  8. Hi Delboy, Thanks for your questions and interest in my lifestyle. Good to hear you are a fellow Hiace camper van owner too. In answer to your question about internet whist 'abroad' - I tend to use wifi hotspots where I can find them, and don't rely on 3G internet much at all. I also do 'Workaway' whilst abroad, so I generally have a base where I can use the wifi. Its not usually too hard to find a wifi hotspot in most towns these days, even when on the road each day. If I am camping in one place for a few days, I usually don't bother with the internet until I am on the move again, then I can upload my blogs and check email etc.


    When I am in the UK I generally have a 3G sim card, lately its been 'pay as you go' which has been enough to keep me tuned in as it where. In places like the Scottish Highlands its essential to know which network will give a reliable 3G connection. I relied on O2 as it worked in most places but the signal was pretty weak - better than nothing though.


    If you would, post a pic of your van here or on my Facebook page - I'd like to see it. Cheers!


    Chris

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  9. My vehicle looks same as this Chris.I've got some great photo's,but can't download them to you because over 2mb.This could well be my vehicle though, because it's from Poplar motors.site,who sold quite a few of these a few years back.Nowadays they sell European style campervans,but I like the old fashion ones.Just getting a heater installed today (second hand).Decided it had to be done,after waking up with thick layer of ice INSIDE vehicle.

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  10. Nope can't download pic ,last attempt

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  11. Hello Christ,
    Hope all is fine. I am not too familiar with blogs, but appearantly it' s been a while since you wrote something? Can' t find anything after october. All is good?

    Stay safe,

    Peter

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  12. Hi Peter, yes all is well. I am simply having a great time here and many new experiences every day so haven't stopped to write any posts in a while. I do tend to update the Facebook page with more up to date photos etc though. I hope you are doing well too?

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  13. Hi Chris...im planning on getting à campervan in next few months...always been a dream of mine to explore the Great outdoors...slightly worried about essentiels to kit van out with...tools, cooking equipment, propane...wot Did u kit out before your first trip?....thanks Ray

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  14. Hello Chris,
    Pleased to hear all is good, I only checked your blog now, still not familiar with blogs ,twitter, facebook disgus and all the other very important ways of staying in touch with reality. I m fine, living the life of an ordinary working man...trying to spend my freetime making drawings..All the best for this new year.
    Stay safe,
    Peter

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