Victoria Vida – A Day in My Life
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Victoria Vida: Whanganui, New Zealand
Victoria Vida, writer, poet, environmentalist, and slow traveler gives us a peek into her day:
7:30 am I slowly wake up to sunlight filling my room and the sounds of ducks quacking outside my window in the bed n’ breakfast where I am currently based.
8:00 am After waking up, I spend less than an hour checking my social accounts and email to get an idea of what needs to be done.
8:30 am Soon, I join Shaaun for breakfast in the dining room without my phone. I have my coffee black and instant along with oatmeal with dates, raisins, pumpkin seed, and peaches.
9:00 am While he is off walking dogs in the forest, I have returned to the digital world where I am responding to the things I noticed earlier. From emails, I move to writing content: usually poetry, articles, or research. Half of something is finished, but I’ve gotten distracted in my research reading.
10:00 am Shaaun has returned from walking the dogs, and we each begin three hours of work at the BnB. In exchange for three hours of work, we get breakfast, dinner, and accommodation through HelpX. My work today is light housekeeping. While I iron and vacuum, I listen to an audiobook. By the end of work, I’m almost halfway through a book, Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀.
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1:00 pm Shaaun has started marking pasta for lunch. As he is chopping up the ingredients and preparing the meal, I doctor a wound from ironing and shower.
2:00 pm I can’t get the book out of my head and catch myself talking about it with Shaaun, so after lunch, I continue where I left off in the novel.
4:30 pm Tears are running down my cheeks as I finished the novel. Shaaun teaches me to play Rummikub, and he spends two hours winning every time.
6:30 pm Our hosts prepare dinner: lamb, salad, potato casserole, homemade rolls, corn salad, cheese, and ham. We help wash dishes and say good evening to the family.
7:30 pm I spend a little while editing photos for Instagram and articles. Afterwards, I go back to the research and writing about 1080 poison that I started in the morning. I get to worked up about the topic and need to take a break
10:00 pm I find Shaaun and a couple other travelers in the game room playing Rummikub. A few rounds and a couple beers later, I lose again, but with a smile and new friends.
12:00 am Shaaun and I return to our room and fall asleep.
So, tell us, what’s your day like?
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