Thursday, 21 December 2006

My first post...

So, I think this is the point where I write something witty, erudite and inciteful to start off my first blog. But, at nearly 2am, with 24 hrs to go before I leave Oxford, an academic paper to finish, my Christmas shopping only just begun and the horror of packing looming ever closer, the words may not flow quite as I intend.

I also don't have anything particularly exciting to say at this stage as my trip preparations so far involve
  • 1 flight to Argentina on Dec 29th
  • 1 return flight to London on April 11th
  • plans to cycle across Bolivia with Lisa and Tom ( once our New Year's hangovers have worn off
  • the vague notion of exploring the mountains of Argentina and Chile on foot or by bike
Oh, and I have built myself a bike. I don't have a photo of it yet, and it's missing various crucial bits and pieces, so I thought I'd put up another foolish cycling photo to prove (to myself) that cycling across the Andes with a hangover won't really be the crazy endeavour that everyone's reaction to my plans suggests. Well, no more crazy than some of my previous escapades anyway! The photo from Fuji is a reminder, that although I suffer horribly with the altitude, there is usually something worthwhile waiting at the top - this time about 1,637,293 Japanese hikers and a bowl of noodles.

Suffice it to say, before I start waffling even more incoherently, that to give me time to adjust to the fact that I now have a PhD, I'm about to embark on an amazing three month trip to South America. The details just, well, don't exist yet. But I promise to post them here as they unfold...

Ironman Canada 2004
Hours of fun on a bike

Heaven in a bowl of noodles at 3,776 metres
Mount Fuji August 2006


Kate said...

Hello Dr Haworth! I believe I'm the first to leave a comment on this prize-winning blog. HAVE A GREAT TRIP! I just looked at Tom and Lisa's site and it looks like they're having an amazing time. Be safe! Kate x

Kate said...

Holiday Haworth,
Have such an amazing trip, and keep those of us stuck in the library entertained with frequent updates! See you in Oxtown come April.

Clare said...

Cycle Safe Dr Haworth,
Don't get too drunk,
And post lots of exciting pics for us to see!
Clare x

McGuinness said...

Dr Helen, have a marvellous trip and look after yourself - no spills or tumbles, aklthough I am sure that is more dependent on your sobriety! Congratulations again for PhD. Lookinf gorward to reading more!

Unknown said...

hello hel :)
Happy New Year, Congratulations for your DPhil, and good luck on your journey !!!!
keep us informed on how you are progressing it is really cool reading!!