Tonight’s blog was going to be a rant about fish stocks and the EU fishing quota. I’ve been quite angry since watching Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s TV programme on Channel 4 called Hugh’s Fish Fight a couple of night ago. Over half the fish caught off the North Sea is thrown back and eaten by crabs, which is madness considering these fish are already dead. I live on the coast, near to Hastings, where there has been a fishing fleet since before the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Fishing is part if the town’s cultural identity, and is heart breaking to see the dead fish (aka discard) being thrown back. Why should I buy fish that has travelled from Europe (or beyond) when I can get fish here? But, I want to do justice to my rant, which means a bit more research and watching the last in the series (aired tonight).
Mini rant over and on to a topic which I love… Travel.
Ten years ago, I decided that I should travel and see the world, broaden my horizons and push my boundaries. It has been a double-edge sword – I didn’t get the hang of balancing job and love of travel and I’m career bound now – but it was a good decision. Fresh out of college, I decided to see Australia, during university I took part in the Erasmus Scheme, and after working in a shop for two years, took myself off on an around-the-world adventure.
The old chestnut rings true – the more you travel, the more you want to see. There are some truly awe-inspiring places on Earth. Here are my top three:
- Iceland – ever since I read the blurb in the Lonely Planet about a delicacy that involves burying fish for a long time before being eaten, I always wanted to visit. Plus people believe in fairies and elves – and it’s a great place to catch the Northern Lights.
- Christmas Island – I don’t worship many people, but to me Sir David Attenborough is God. OK – I’m going over-board here, but it was Sir David who introduced me to the wonders of the natural world. I used to record on tape (remember those?) his BBC programmes and I vividly remember Sir David being surround by red crabs on their mass migration, and from then on, wanted to see that for myself
- Canada – reason? Due South.
Thanks to Some Go Softly who started this game and My English Thoughts for tonight’s blog. If you would like to join in, write a post about three countries you would like to visit and why, then link back here.