Friday, 21 September 2007

Tag-less Wander

Spanish Goth wrote a thing (post) about a dream and tagged some people (filthy habit) who have all dutifully responded (not that I bothered to check, I'm trying to reduce my carbon fingerprint). Anyway, I wasn't one of the tagged ones but I'm still going to respond because it's cheaper that thinking of my own ideas for posts. Although I already mentioned one my wierder dreams in Afore ye go! (something about turning into a dolphin).

What really messes with my head is when I dream that I'm getting out of bed and getting ready for work, once that dream looped about five times. That is, I realised I was dreaming, stopped and woke up and started getting ready for work - but that was a dream too, I realised that, stopped and woke up... etc five times. By the time I finally got out of bed I wasn't sure if I was awake or not, I was thoroughly confused and late for work.

I often dream that I'm lying in bed and can't get to sleep, the following morning I really can't tell if I've slept or not. That's quite annoying.

I have some themes that repeat; if something is bothering me I'll dream about spiders, big spiders for big problems and lots of little spiders if I'm just generally unhappy with things. I once dreamed about a huge spider with a wooden leg, I don't know what that was supposed to mean. If a person is draining a lot of time/energy/emotion from me I will see them as a vampire in a dream (the blood sucking bit is what does it), that's a useful one because I don't always realise when someone who seems to be a friend is actually a leech.

I once read a book about self-hypnosis (as an aside - if you read something like that you'll immediately realise how meditation works, it's the same thing) But back to self-hypnosis, I used it to become conscious in my dreams so that I could take control of them. Now when I dream about vampires I can easily fight them by turning into one myself. I almost always fly in my dreams, recently I was running a small zoo in a city when a puma escaped and I flew after it and chased it back into the pen. He didn't expect that at all so he was a bit intimidated.

Years ago I went through a period of post traumatic stress after something bad happened to me, part of that PTS was a recurring dream where I was sitting at a bar and a man approached me, I thought he was going to attack me for some reason. The first time I had the dream it ended there, the next time I dreamed it the fella sat on the stool next to me and began to turn towards me. Each time I had the dream it progressed a little more. The whole dream was that I pulled out a sword and attacked the guy before he could attack me. As you can imagine a sword attack is very messy, a lot of blood every where, the problem was that as the guy collapsed and died I thought I recognised him and realised I'd made a mistake.

Another one I vividly recall was where I was driving on a highway through a desert, after I overtook a petrol tanker I looked in the rear view mirror and saw it go into a skid sideways. It rolled over and exploded in a huge fireball.

I dreamed a winning lottery ticket once and actually remembered the numbers when I woke up, sadly that dream didn't come true. When I was in a band I actually used to get ideas for music in my dreams, sometimes I dream solutions to problems at work too which is a handy way of working things out and saving time.

That's just a sample, I dream almost every night so there are plenty more where those came from and plenty more to go yet.

But that's all for today, I'm off to enjoy a couple of Mr Kiplings fruit pies and a nice cup of tea, well it is Friday after all.



Monday, 17 September 2007

Travel XII, Salad Days

Got back from a splendid holiday in Greece on Sunday afternoon, it was my first time there so we dashed around a few places, in the end it felt like we'd been away for a month. It was a lot of fun:

Friday 31/08:
Arrived late in Athens in 40 degrees of heat, nice view of the Acropolis from the hotel, just had time left for dinner before bedtime. The first of many Greek salads and Mythos beers were consumed that night amongst lots of fine Greek food and drinks.

Saturday 01/09:
Rental Car arrives, we set off to on our travels. Driving accross Evia we saw plenty of scorched landscape around Aleveri, that must have been horrendous. The burning smell was still in the air. Spent the night in Kimi by the port. For dinner we got Greek salad, Fish with potatoes and white wine, because that's all they had, there was no menu. Quaint.

Sunday 02:
Took the ferry to Skyros. The hotel is on the beach but most of the bars and restaurants are in the village - a 20 minute walk up a steep hill, very steep.

Mon 03 to Wed 05:
Lay on the beach, wandered up to the village for dinner, I didn't want to leave but
we'd already made arrangements

Thu 06:
8am ferry back to Kimi and set off back accross Evia, arrived at Delphi early in the afternoon. We explored Appollo's Sanctuary, where the oracles worked, the theatre, stadium and the gymnasium where they trained for the games. They had games there every two years in old days.

Fri 07:
Set off for Nafplio, this little coastal town was the original Greek capital city. Still going well, full of tourists, even the Athenians like to get down there for the weekend.

Sat 08:
Visited Epidavros which was a centre for medicine in the good old days, Hippocrates wrote his oath there. Then we had a wander around Mycenae (Mykines). Maybe that was the other way round...

Sun 09:
Depart for Monemvasia. Not far from Nafplio we looked back and saw a huge column of black smoke about 20km south of the town, later we saw the flames too, it must have been huge. Monemvasia is built on a huge rock off the south east coast, a natural fortress. We stayed in a hotel that used to be a monastery, the whole town is a world heritage site.

Mon 10 - Wed 12:
Hanging around Monemvasia and the nearby beach

Thu 13:
Long drive back to Athens, stopping at Corinth on the way to check out the famous canal.

Fri 14 - Sun 16:
Explored the Acropolis and a few other bits around the city including the stadium they re-built for the first modern Olypmics in 1896. We'd booked a photo tour - a professional photographer took us to a few places to get some good views and pictures. Worked out well.

It's fun driving, the cities are total chaos but that means you can go the wrong way up a one-way street and park wherever you like. Outside the cities the roads are quite decent after years of EU investment, look out for the goats though.

Generally the countryside is used as a bin, when we stopped to look at the fire in the distance, a fella pulled up next to us, got out of his car and threw an empty plastic bottle down the hill. It would actually be easier to keep driving and put the bottle in the bin at home, he didn't seem to see it that way. Despite that there is some fairly spectacular scenery in the Pelopnnese.