I spent eleven months working fairly hard. (I think many of the other Strategists thought that I made it look effortless; in fact, I've just learned a lot of very costly lessons in things like time management and effective study habits.) I spent the last week settling my affairs in Aberdeen and moving out of my Aberdonian digs. I figured it was time for a bit of a respite, so what did I decide?
Simple: I decided to spend a few days in Orkney. After a truly unbelievable last night in Aberdeen, and a trip at breakneck pace from Aberdeen to Scrabster involving me and about four stone worth of kit on my back, I made it to Stromness. I'll be here for a few days before starting another project, which I'll discuss once it's complete. Then, as noted previously, I'll relocate to Orkney for a few months... But more on that later.
One thing is for sure: Orkney is a magical place. Despite the stress of the last few weeks, mere hours spent here have revitalized and energized me. I was here precisely nine years ago today, and it feels every bit as idyllic now as it did then - perhaps moreso, given what it's taken to get back here in the intervening decade.
More to come. Stay tuned.