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The Crown Jewels of water fountains

October 27, 2018

  At this public water fountain there are three taps: water, cold water and fizzy water. I kid you not. The locals stop here with crates of 2ltr bottles each and fill them. Italy has been the biggest surprise for me when it comes to simple generosity towards everyone. If you believe the U.K. press then it’s a country filled with rubbish and corruption. Maybe it is, but I haven’t seen any of that. All I’ve experienced is recycling bins,…

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The sounds of Venice

October 18, 2018

  Love this photo from our recent walk around Venice. Thanks @andyrgarside ❤️ (I don’t usually like pics of myself) also love this handmade dress I got for £13 in Oxfam Liverpool ✊ #loveeurope #vanlife #traveller #fieldrecordings #sound #water #waterpoet #poetlife #exploretocreate #liveauthentic #nomad #digitalnomad #creativelife #creativelifehappylife #buylesslivemore #venice #citywalk #slowlife #slowliving #cleancity #inspiringplaces #recycle…

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Keep your eyes on the goal

October 9, 2018

  When we first sold everything to move into a van almost a year ago, we dreamed of working in, and exploring Europe. It was an exhilarating and terrifying decision because (unless you’re rich, which we’re not) there’s never an easy way to do it. You have to just go for it – death or glory style 🙈. And I think this lack of safety net is what stops a lot of working people from trying to live their dreams…

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Mountain showers

October 5, 2018

  Hiked 9k and 1200m up a mountain today. It was amazing – paragliders falling from the sky like confetti. Took 3hrs. We had to get the cable car down because there was nothing left in the tank. I’m not as fit as I thought I was. Feel totally knackered and amazing. We’d usually wash in a river or the nearby stream but they are glacial here and too cold so before heading out I filled our eco-shower with glacial…

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National Poetry Day

October 4, 2018

  As it’s #nationalpoetryday today here’s a piece commissioned for National Poetry Day’s Free The Word Project earlier this year. BBC Radio Wales listeners called in with a word they felt best reflected Wales. I got to choose my favourite word from these and write a poem on it. I chose ‘cwtch’, for my grandson Arthur ❤️. …. ADDED NOTE: I realise I’ve written on the PDF that this was ‘on’ National Poetry Day, when it should say ‘for’ National…

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New Patreon page

September 28, 2018

Dear friends – some exciting and terrifying news: I’ve set up a Patreon page (https://www.patreon.com/sophiemckeand). I want to try a new way of connecting with the people out there who like my work. There are so many channels these days and it can be difficult to figure out how to get your art out to the people who have a genuine interest whilst also making a living from it. Being on the road is so inspiring and my biggest problem…

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Vanlife

September 24, 2018

  It’s Monday morning and a stack of work is calling, but we’re parked in the Swiss Alps, which is still pretty amazing. I have to pinch myself to believe that this is life just now. Andy took this photo recently and it sums up exactly how I feel. But I also wanted to say that sometimes it’s the exact opposite. By making the world accept you on your own terms you have to be so focussed, and also accept…

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A food diary of sorts…

September 20, 2018

Today’s meal is inspired by recent friendships and travels. I suppose this is my way of processing everything I’ve learned and experienced over the past few weeks. This is a middle-Eastern spiced bean & rice stew. Usually I’d cook the rice separately but my Bengali friend taught me rice dhal (lentils, rice & potatoes all go in the one pan) and now I’m hooked. After this, spending time in the Refugee Community Kitchen and eating their delicious food got me…

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