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A Short Trip to Alaska

One night, while in the RV working on SETT, Todd suggested a trip to Alaska. I said I'd be interested in it, forgetting that in our group of friends, this low level of commitment basically always results in a trip happening. A couple weeks later I bought a really decked out 2001 KLR 650 motorcycle specifically to drive from San Francisco to Alaska, bought a knife, and stopped shaving my beard. That was about all I could think of doing to prepare for the trip.

Our departure date came a month later, and five of us met in downtown San Francisco with our bikes ready to go. Without much fanfare, we headed North, towards Canada.

By the time we stopped for gas for the first time, I had decided to turn back. At the high speeds we prefer to travel at, my bike was a little bit wobbly, probably due to the knobby tires and panniers. This could be fixed with a $100 fork brace, but there was nowhere to buy one and no time to ship it. Beyond that, though, I realized that I don't really enjoy long distance motorcycle trips. You can't talk to anyone, your seat is about as comfortable as a bar stool, you can't have snacks or water, and you can't change the music or podcasts on your ipod. Besides that, I wasn't feeling great about the sharply reduced hours that I'd be able to work on SETT. So I turned back.

Initially after turning back, I didn't plan on going to Alaska at all, but I had already bought my return ticket from Anchorage, so the cost of flying up for a few days was cut in half. I called around a couple motorcycle rental shops, and Nancy from Alaska Motorcycle Adventures offered me a great deal on a BMW, along with a really great route that she suggested. I bought my one-way plane ticket minutes later.

Why I love ballet..

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I’m not going to pretend to be some kind of professional ballet artist, writer or critic because I’m far from it. In fact, I’ve only just started taking proper ballet classes. I wanted though to write a short entry about the turned-out art form.

The sad thing is, if you’re not a dancer, you probably won’t ever understand the pain, dedication and effort that goes into ballet - whether you’re performing professionally in a London production, or like me are coming to the end of grade 1. Generally, people are very ignorant towards ballet, they think it’s easy and that it’s something little girls do at an after school club. I’m here to let you know that’s not the case. I know not everybody is as ignorant, but the majority are.

I remember when I went to see my first ballet with the school whilst studying my A-levels - Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake; It was absolutely sensational. I couldn’t take my eyes off of the stage, it was literally like someone reading me a story but through ballet.

The training and dedication that goes into ballet dancing is mind blowing. So much so that a lot of people never make it - I’ve come to the reality that it’s probably a bit too late for me too; whilst nothing’s impossible, I’ve left it a bit too late to be in professional ballet now. I still intend to practice ballet however, whilst at university on the side. There’s probably no other dance form that technically will improve you as effectively.

I love ballet because it’s so visually pleasing; everything has to look perfect and be in alignment. I could watch ballet dancers pirouette around a studio all day.

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