“Wild” Swimming, Patagonia & Theatre Cats!

June was quite the busy month!

I was working full on at both theatres, with two changes of  production too!

At the end of June Breakfast at Tiffany’s arrived after a national tour, starring Pixie Lott. We are its home for the next 12 weeks and it’s all looking rather good. I should hopefully be watching next week so keep an eye out for a review! And keep an eye out on my instagram, as there is a cat in the show and I am determined to meet him!

I have also been to the theatre a few times in the last month too – all along the Southbank too. I saw The Deep Blue Sea at The National Theatre and had two slightly damp trips to The Globe. Once for Taming of the Shrew and the other for A Midsummer Nights Dream.

In the last 6 years I’ve been going to The Globe I have NEVER been rained on. Not once. But both shows this year have been gloomy and dark, and in the case of Midsummer – chucking it down.

Hopefully, that is my quota of bad weather for the next six years.

Both shows were brilliant, but they were also shows I have seen a billion times before. Taming of the Shrew has jumped to the top of my favourites list, I found it very dark and unsettling. It was the least “funny” version I have ever seen of that particular show. Midsummer was a soggy colourful riot! Always funny no matter how many times I have seen it.

I love only paying £5 for yard tickets and often recommend it to all my friends. You’d be surprised by the amount of Londoners that have been living here all their lives and have never been to The Globe.

The 23rd was one of the wettest days of the year so far. It was one of those days when all you want to do is stay home, drink tea and watch the rain – not be outside in it!

But outside I went! All the way to the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington for a talk about Patagonia with travel company Pura Aventura.

Patagonia is the southernmost region of South America, spreading across Chile and Argentina. It is made up of a multitude of terrains, ranging from deserts to green luscious mountains. It is around one and half times the size of the UK but with a population of around 2 million, it is extremely sparsely populated.

Pura Aventura are a company that create tailor-made itineraries, not just your regular tours. The started as a family business in 1999 and focus on showing their clients the real South America. Whilst I have never personally travelled with them, the impression I got from the event was that they are an extremely friendly company with a huge depth of knowledge and understanding of the regions they explore and the people who live there. The audience was made up of a lot of previous clients, and a couple that I chatted with before the start of the event could do nothing but sing their praises. When travelling somewhere so remote and different to what you are used to, having a team with such in-depth knowledge as your point of contact must be such a reassurance.

The speakers for the evening were author Hugh Sinclair, producer Tuppence Stone and conservationist and wildlife TV presenter Bill Oddie. They were all  interesting in their talks and some of the images and video clips that went along with them made my wanderlust go through the roof!

If you want to watch some of the talk, Pura Aventura filmed it and you can watch it here….

Speaking of outdoors and adventures, I have a new hobby!

I have joined the Serpentine Swimming Club.

I am trying to find more interesting ways  to stay active and get outdoors more. Now my ankle is on the mend properly I want to get walking and camping and having lots of adventures.I can’t afford to travel the world, but that doesn’t mean I can’t explore the UK!

Another thing I really want to try is stand up paddleboarding (SUP)  but I figure I should work on my swimming before I try to balance on water…

So a couple of times a week I head on down to Hyde Park early in the morning and do some lengths of the Serpentine Lido. My technique is awful and I am possibly the slowest person ever to grace the water, but it is fun and very refreshing and leaves me surprisingly energised.

I just try not to think about all the swans and ducks that I am sharing the water with, even if they are as beautiful as this black swan. As it is a man made lake there is a stone and sometimes concrete floor, but you do occasionally put your foot down on something a little slimy.

The swimming is 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Now I don’t think for one minute you will see me in there past November… but never say never.

So anyone fancy joining me? Or does anyone know of any affordable SUP classes?

-Amanda

 

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