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David Johnson
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An Englishman abroad | Aspiring meditator and writer | HSP | he/him
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Everyone has gone for a walk. I am staying at home to rest tired bones and a tired nervous system. We had a lovely couple of days in Lisbon with my sister in law and her husband. However, I did not sleep well the night in the city, and spent a lot of time on the move yesterday. By the time that we got home... www.crossingthethreshold.net
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@maique How did you fix them. I have a similar pair in green. One of the “arms” snapped half way. By the time that I found out the other half was long gone. I just wear them from time to time now, as they are.

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@maique A European Election poster now dominates the drive into Alcácer.

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ð¨âð¾ We spent some time this morning at the Farmers Market in Príncipe Real neighbourhood of Lisbon. I enjoy the community atmosphere of these markets. I also just enjoy stepping back from the market, sitting down and people watching. Families, individuals, couples even the pet dogs. Interacting, b... www.crossingthethreshold.net
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🌥️ Well today ended up better than I feared weather wise. No rain, some sun, though cool…especially this evening.

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A hotel lobby greeting.

A full size statue of a chimpanzee

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@maique Oh, I am pleased to hear that. Drive safely.

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@alexink I’m happy to read that your mother-in-law is recovering well and back home.

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@maique The rammed part of your comment was shared in a off the cuff manner, but I hope that you are all OK.

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🏙️ In the big city, Lisbon. Rain is threatening and it feels unseasonably cold.

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@maique You had an early start.

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@pratik Thank you for clarifying. In the moment I could not be sure what came from where. @samgrover

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@alexink @Munish I like both of your insights into the inventiveness of children for playing games.

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@samgrover Thank you. I think that some of the buttons are Micro.blog plugins and others, like the kudos button, came with @vincent’s Tinylytics.

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The Story Behind The Photograph: Two Boys Playing Cricket crossingthethreshold.net
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Looking north from Arrábida Natural Park.

Low cloud hangs over a landscape of hills and stone

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@cleverdevil Wishing both of you some good quiet and rest.

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Man with goat in the Hunza Valley, Pakistan in 1989

Pakistan man with a goat on a leash. They are sitting in a large flower bed of yellow flowers on a terraced hillside with a large house above. Cloud covered mountains are in the distance.

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@chadkoh Ditto if you come across somewhere. Seeing your post has made me see my photos in a different light, or should I say the possibility of some of them. I was just a young person backpacking and exploring the world back in 1989. Now it looks as though something that I took photos of has potentially become a record of something that sadly no longer exists.

I think as well of other travelers that I crossed paths with. What did they record?

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@chadkoh Thank you for sharing these stories of Kashgar. How very sad how much it has changed and the way that it has changed. I feel for those people.

I visited Kashgar in 1989 while traveling the Karakoram Highway from Pakistan to China. I’ve recently started going through my slides, which are in a mess, but will search deeper for slides of time in Kashgar. A group of us did get arrested for staying with some local people in the mountains outside of Ürümqi, though things felt relatively tame back then and none of us, our hosts or us, got into much trouble.

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@aeryn Go on. If you like both, I’m sure that you’d like their version.

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@bsag I DIY it when I can’t get hold of some, but for some reason it doesn’t taste the same as Marmite’s version.

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@jean I am rested now....

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@restlesslens Mushrooms, leeks and pasta...yum, that sounds delicious. My sort of mixture.

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🛩️ I just took a look at a live flight map of aircraft over Europe right now. In Central Europe it was barely possible to see the map underneath all of the airplane symbols. I don't know how the Air Traffic Controllers keep their sanity with that level of responsibility?

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😋 Marmite peanut butter for breakfast. I haven't eaten that for a while, Amazon deliveries in the US turned out a mess. So I bought a couple of jars while in Britain and opened one this morning. Delicious.

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@maique You are definitely still on Monday! Perhaps take along some chickens or a pig and you might fit right in?

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🧓 I had a senior moment just then. I was staring at the computer unable to remember the web address that I wanted to go to. I could 'see' the site in my mind, but could not for the life of me remember its URL.

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My wife’s family arrive today for a week. I am looking forward to seeing them. I’m sure that we will have a good time, we always do…And my quiet, HSP nervous system will probably have to find some way to pace myself, to find some quiet, recharge time, and right now I don’t know how or what that will look l... www.crossingthethreshold.net
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@maique I’m sorry to hear that. The nap sounds welcoming, but we have family arriving today for a week’s stay. I fear that will need pegs to keep my eyes open by the end of the day 😵‍💫

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@maique I hope that you slept well. It was a mixed bag at this end.

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🌧️ An unexpected brief shower of rain just happened. Last night it looked as though the heavens were going to open up upon us, but nothing happened. This morning it was overcast, but nothing threatening, and it rained. I’ll never make a good weather forecaster.

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Passing the car ferry heading to Setúbal as we are on the other ferry heading to Comporta. A very small boat with a couple of people fishing from it, sits between us.

A green car ferry and very small fishing boat in the ocean between Setúbal and Comporta on a very bright sunny afternoon

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🐍 I saw my first snake here in Portugal a couple of days ago. It was making a quick dash, or quick sliver across the road.

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Some more paintings from artist Veronika Blyzniuchenko. The stars in the lower left are sponsored by visitors, a percentage of the sponsorship going towards the restoration of the Basilica.

Four paintings showing images of flowers and swans

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These three men came by to play for us (those eating) while we ate lunch. They had been making their way along the restaurants and coffee shops by the river here in Alcácer. I do not know what the occasion was? Unfortunately there is no singing in this video, though I am fascinated by the instrument the m... www.crossingthethreshold.net
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I returned last night exhausted from a day in Lisbon. After a late dinner I could barely keep my eyes on and ended up turning in early, falling asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. I have not been so tired for a long time, and this morning was thinking back over the day. I think that it was my hayfeve... www.crossingthethreshold.net
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The Beauty is a Choice - A Lisbon Art Exhibition crossingthethreshold.net
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We found this very hidden Gelato shop today. What a gem it is. The owner trained in Italy and now makes his own. Delicious. Repeat visit assured.

A black and white photo of the sign on a Gelato Store. The word Gulato with two clouds all on a white wall

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Highways in the sky.

Parallel Contrails against blue sky with the edge of roof tops on both sides of the image

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One thing that I forgot to mention in my last post about running is the amount of walking that I have been doing since setting off to Europe over a month ago. I have done a lot of walking. For one the built environment makes it easier to just walk where we need to go. Second, I like exploring on foot. I be... www.crossingthethreshold.net
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I haven’t written an update on my progress with the Watch to 5K program for over a month now. After being bitten by exhaustion from pushing too hard on Week 4, I had not felt like continuing. Or maybe I should say that I wanted to continue, but the motivation had taken a bruising. Knowing that I was headed... www.crossingthethreshold.net