On Wednesday we arrived back from France. We spent a week walking the first part of the Robert Louis Stevenson track (or the GR-70) as it’s known by on the maps. We started off by spending a couple of days in Paris, staying at the Marriott Courtyard near the Gare de Lyon station. We had a fantastic view over Paris – including the Eiffal Tower!
On Friday 29th March, we took the train down to Le Puy en Velay, which is a picturesque town which most people use as the start of le Stevenson” (as the walk is known as in France). We stayed at a lovely 15th century place, which was an old alchemist’s house.
From Le Puy we walked to Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille. We stayed at a pretty little B&B there, where we had our own little separate apartment with a pellet stove!
From Le Monastier we walked to Goudet, and stayed at the only hotel in town. It is a basic hotel, but servicable, and we chatted to the locals there. They had just opened the hotel – it stays closed for 6 months over the winter.
From Goudet we had a very long walk to Pradelles. The hotel we were booked into at Pradelles was cancelled the day we were due to arrive, so we ended up having to stay at gites – a small holiday home.
After Pradelles, we caught a ride to the train station at Langogne, then from there a bus to Ales and finally a train to Nimes. The next morning was an extremely cheap Ryanair flight back to London.
It was a lovely trip and we had a great time.
Helen and I are popping over to Porto for a few days. Apparently a hurricane has just hit southern Portugal.
I have been reading and thinking about the difference between being a digital nomad and being location independent recently. A digital nomad is primarily based around travel – seeing the world while working remotely. Location independence (to me) means that you may be based primarily in a few different locations in the world, and you set up your life in such a way as you are not dependent on one particular location.
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I just formed the company “Hi-Tech Nomad Ltd”. I have had the domain for forever, and have always wanted to do something with it. I have the twitter handle @hitechnomad, and lots of other social media assets. My plan is to provide information, goods and resources for “digital nomads” – those people who travel and work on things that are location independent.
This morning I managed to pick up some cheap return flights to Australia – £417 all up! I was looking at Apple News, the travel section, and noticed an article in the Independent about super cheap air fares through Air China. We rushed to our computers to check it out, and sure enough, they were available. Locked and loaded!
I bought an Anker T320 bluetooth keyboard to use with my iPad, mainly because it had such good reviews on Amazon. It's an amazingly good keyboard! It's really light – much smaller and lighter than the Apple bluetooth keyboard I was using before. It charges via mini-USB. The keystroke action is excellent. I am very happy with it. Here is my Amazon Affiliate link to the keyboard should you want to buy it: Anker® T320 Ultrathin (4mm) Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for iOS (iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, iPad 2 / 3 / 4), Windows and Android 3.0 and above OS with Built-in lithium battery / Aluminum Body.
The past few days I've been bringing in my new WIFI-only iPad and trying to use it tethered to my iPhone 5. It's been a frustrating experience so far. I've found that it works OK when the iPad is first tethered to the iPhone, but shortly thereafter the internet connection seems to drop out on the iPad, even though the iPhone is still reporting it to be connected OK.
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We are keen to buy a flat in London. It’s amazing how expensive the places over here are though! It’s quite depressing the compromises that we are forced to make. The cheapest place in Covent Garden we could buy is listed at £300,000 for a 24 square meter studio.
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