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Choosing the Journal


I am a journals girl. At any given time I have at least half a dozen journals , each for a certain kind of writing,  there could be one for electric writing, the sort that makes like a shots of whiskey, then there’s one for writing inspired by earth, beautiful, gentle musings upon seeing a sunflower turn towards the sun, it’s eonic stillness while it turns to the sun, there’s a Moleskin travel journal too and there’re journals dedicated to travel, a particular tour like this Winter Journey of 2012. Choosing a journal is always exciting for everything about it has to match the mood of the travel and be synonymous with the story behind the journey.


I considered many journals for my winter travels and finally settled on the one I bought from the Captain Scott Special Centenary Exhibition at the Natural History Museum last year. This journal’s perfect because it is Captain Scott that enhanced my romance with snow with his diary entries describing Antarctic snow. ‘Great God! this is an awful place,’ he wrote at one point but not after describing the Antarctic snow as in thousands of beautiful words of wonder, awe, respect, love and celebration, Amundsen did it fairly well too with just one word – fairytale. One the cover is Scott’s iconic picture of him head over heels on snow.

With the journal selected, it was time to draw up plans, scribble ticket details, draw maps, clip information, note down important numbers. Keeping a dedicated travel journal is a great way to remember journeys. What Bruce Chatwin gave to the world with his Moleskin journals is priceless. With the journal selected, scribbles registered, it was time to go.


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This entry was posted on June 20, 2013 by in Travels.

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