My first HelpX experience
Putting fingers to keyboard
I will usually blog at the end of each place I visit, at the moment I’m spending a month at a time with hosts but this is likely to change so I may blog more often then, just need some internet access! I will be updating my travel pictures and my twitter more often as you’ve probably seen.
My first HelpX host
This month has been an amazing experience for me here at the home of Debs and Keith in Gondrin, Southern France. For exchange for a small amount of labour such as painting and general renovation around the house I’ve been treated to some things I’ll never forget.
No more SPAM for me!
Keith and Debs are brilliant cooks and have truly inspired me to do more cooking. I have learnt some great new recipes and tried so many new foods I thought I’d only be eating in high end restaurants. From collecting oysters from the local markets for lunch to eating wild deer from the nearby woods, the whole food experience has been an absolute delight. I will be posting some recipes on my blog for you guys to try!
Rural France… sounds boring!
Only a boring person could get bored around here. The place is out of the way in the middle of no-where but this brings the place into its own. Walking, cycling, running; however you decide to explore the local villages you will not be disappointed by the beauty of the countryside and the interesting stone houses built out of local stone. I sound like a travel guide now but it’s so true!
Stop talking like a travel guide and tell me what you’ve done
I’ve had the chance to do some fishing with Keith’s old fishing rods on the nearby river and local farm pond; I’ve been mushroom hunting and managed to help collect some wild mushrooms which we made a delicious risotto with; I’ve played boules with Keith’s friends whom included the drummer Boris Williams from one of my favourite bands – The Cure; I’ve learnt some French from Michel Thomas; I’ve sat at night looking at the stars lighting up the whole sky with the sound of Wild Boar rummaging through the field outside; I’ve had long relaxing sessions in the hammock overlooking the countryside; I’ve learnt how to play a bit of guitar, wrote my own lyrics, and sang a song for Debs and Keith; I’ve done some magic tricks at the table, had some great conversations and met some great friends here.
It’s been truly an amazing first stop and I’m so lucky to have had such a great start on my adventure.
Bye countryside, Hello mountains!
Keith and Debs put me in touch with a friend in the Pyrenees mountains, I’ve contacted her and secured a place for over Christmas, it’s going to be the perfect place to spend Christmas and I’ll have the opportunity to do some skiing which I’ve not done before. I feel like the luckiest person in the world at the moment.
Until next time guys, peace and love, Jonathan x