Ever fancy just taking off to somewhere you have never been? Maybe even a place you are not sure you will like, just simply to discover what is there?
The dictionary defines “walkabout” as a “short period of wandering bush life engaged in by an Australian aborigine as an occasional interruption of regular work”. I am neither Australian nor an aborigine, but the underlying idea is the same – I love to refresh myself by going on short journeys into the wider world.
Of course, like me, the idea of walkabout may bring you an image of David Gurpilil in that film – on the singular journey through the desert in search of his inner spiritual self. I have no idea whether walkabout really does mean that to the Australian aboriginals, but I suspect one thing is wrong – we westerners see it as a lone journey in an empty wilderness and think that the isolation is the point – but the aboriginal is surrounded by a land that he knows very well.
Walkabout is therefore a process of rediscovery, aimed at seeing and appreciating life afresh; uncovering the values and mysteries that we miss in our familiar routines of work and play. So, this blog is not confined to my greater journeys away from home, but includes the wonders of places such as my local pub, IKEA and even my back-yard, and the musings they evoke.
My name is James Harries and I am currently based in the UK. Mid-50’s, with no responsibilities or dependents, I have gradually been moving on from a high-intensity day time career to a part-time business consultancy that will leave me time to go away on some longer and deeper journeys to places that excite my interest. I started after a trip to Athens in 2012 – a fascinating 5 days mixing walks through ancient wonders with the sights and the people of a city struggling to deal with developing economic and social breakdown. I started writing of some of my experiences for my friends on Facebook and that’s how the idea of this blog crystallised. My latest trip involved an 8 week dash around the world, visiting India, Burma, Singapore, and the antipodes, before dropping in on various relatives in North America and then flying home.
For most of the rest of 2014, I shall be working on that business so I can afford to run away again and also on some charity projects that are close to my heart. I also plan to finish a couple of longer blog posts that I didn’t have time for on the road.
Me. as you might have guessed, by the hot springs at Rotorua, NZ.
 Merriam Webster
 “Walkabout” – 1971, N Roeg