The Polish adventure aka having no plan is the plan

It’s currently 2.30am and I am sitting at Victoria Coach station waiting for the bus to Heathrow. I am overly tired and kind of stresses – not the best start to this trip. 

Frankly, I had one of those weeks where in my head I had everything figured out nicely

  •  finish editing my Netherlands pictures
  • edit the video
  • create a stop motion animation as an intro for my new YouTube channel

Easy is what my naive brain insistst and against better judgement, I fool myself into the believe that come Friday surely I’ll have time to relax maybe even get a few hours sleep before setting off for the airport.

Every sane person would have screamed madness but then sanity is overrated.

Harsh truth is, I was overly ambitious and didn’t get to finish any of it. Instead, I have been editing 8hrs on Friday and in between sort of throwing something (God knows what) into a bagpack every time the clip rendered.  I’m the end I had 6 min to spare before I literal run for the bus.

So I am very sorry but the Netherlands stuff will go live after I get back from Poland. 

What’s happening in Poland, you may ask. NO IDEA! THIS entire trip is without a plan. My camino buddy Lisa asked whether I want to come along to Poland and see Warsaw,  Krakow and from there where ever the wind blows.

So I guess my mission here is to be the travel companion. If I had to set a mission then I should use this trip to improve my street photography skills and try to overcome the awkwardness of taking pictures of strangers.

I deliberately don’t want to make this more because I have a whole ‘Who do you think you are’  trip planned, which hopefully shines some light on my mystery blood. I know Poland will be a big part of this special trip but more on this another time. OK just this,  I ordered an Ancestry DNA test kit and I am excited like a kid waiting for Santa. 

Back to the trip at hand. Lisa and I have literally no money, so we will try to keep it as cheap as possible. Couch surfing and shout outs on travel forums on FB and if all fails hostels. I only have a flight with no return. Maybe I bus it back to London…  28hrs… Maybe not.


So this is the Poland mission. DON’T FORGET to follow me. 

Signing off,  take care and have a fab weekend

Isibue 

Check out how the trip went in the end or watch the video on YouTube

I am off to the Netherlands

Quick update. I am going to be in the Netherlands for the next week. Really excited as I get to catch up with my Camino friend Chia. I met her and her dad on the first day in France and we kept running into each other over and over again.
Chia lives near Amsterdam and I am excited because this means I get to see more than just doggy coffeeshops and the red light district.

I also decided to ditch the plane on this trip and explore the Netherlands by ferry,  train and bus only (and a bit of walking).

Itinerary London – Hoek van Holland – Amsterdam and Purmerend – Rotterdam – London

I’ll post updates on the usual channels so check out Facebook, Twitter (@isibue1) or Instagram.

The objective: explore Dungeness

Objective 1: the photography away day 

It’s time to get out of town. I love London but sometimes this town can drive you nuts.

A friend and I planning to head for Dungeness beach in Kent. A strange desolate place that has been featured in various music videos (the Prodigy and Nicki Minaj) as well as in TV, film and advertising. It’s a nature reserve, a place of scientific interest, home to a tiny community and features a massive power plant. The Guardian described it once as, “where the wild west meets the post-apocalyptic”.  I had no idea such a place exists in the UK and less than 2 hours away from London. Just google image ‘Dungeness’ to get an idea.

Objective 2:  what’s it like to live on Dungeness 

Dungeness is private land and was bought in 2015 for £1.5m by EDF who subsequently own and run the local power station. My cynical mind questions how much good will it do for the local community. Surely EDF’s main interest is the plant and their business. According to an BBC article, “It was scheduled for decommissioning in 2018 but is now scheduled to remain open until 2028”.

The area gets roughly 1 million visitors a year, enjoying the landscape and checking out the small community (who pay lease and rent to the new owners). However, anyone planning to shoot for commercial purposes, including student projects and bigger organised photo groups will be asked to apply for permission from the new land managing trust and to pay a fee which can go up to £1200 for the day.

Now what bothers me is that the local shops and properties weren’t in the original deal. If you shoot for commercial reasons or film a Dr Who episode then I think it’s only fair to pay a fee but I wonder how much of it actually goes back into the community?

The truth is, only because you forked out expensive fees to take pictures on the land (especially as a student), you would still need the to ask the locals if they are ok with you taking pictures of their houses and shops – for free. Really what does the community get back from EDF? EDF’s Community Report for May 2017 states:

“EDF Energy maintains its strong ties with the local area through our Land Quality Management Team and continues to support the area through roadway improvements, signage, rubbish clearance and biodiversity improvement programs”

We will be staying with a local artist couple for one night and I hope they’ll be willing to have a chat about what it’s like living on Dungeness and what they think of the new owners.

 

Find out how it turned out.