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A little further down, you can get a feeling for who I am.
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Firstly, a warm Irish welcome from Spain.
I am Jackie de Burca, a city girl converted, country lover, from Dublin, Ireland. I have lived in Spain since 2003. I blog about travelling to some of the amazing places that are within 3 to 4 hours from where I live here. I also like to write about the potential effects these different environments can have on us.
In my heart and soul, I believe that I was meant to find myself in this part of the world. The diversity of nature, art, culture, traditions and fiestas here is immense – and has greatly inspired me and affected my life beyond recognition.
I have been on quite a journey since being in Spain, and I also feel that living here has triggered creative aspects of me that may not have come out back in Dublin. I started to paint here, and although I always did some commercial writing, I also started to write just for myself.
This is something that I will be exploring more and more in terms of the locations that I am featuring, but one example of this can be seen here – Four Geniuses-Effects of Environment
To show you around these places, both in a practical – what do do and see way – but also in a deeper way that digs into the inspirational nature of these locations. Hopefully this may trigger something creative, spiritual or empowering in some way, for a few of you.
While not everyone wants to, or can relocate, even time spent in an environment near you can also help in this way. Like many things in life, it often starts off with a moment of realisation. I think once we have the awareness of how powerful different environments can be for us, then travel becomes even more fun than before. That travel can be a short local trip into nature, or to visit something artistic, historical or cultural …or it can be further afield.
I am a city girl, born and bred. My main experience of the countryside, when growing up, was a couple of times a year in the beautiful, rugged nature in the West of Ireland. I had never really considered a life in the country, and certainly never expected to own land and to feel so affected by nature. It continues to amaze me. I feel different when I go to our land. Within minutes I feel younger, what an amazing gift. Let’s face it, when you hit a certain age who doesn’t want this?
I didn’t realise the real effect that our environments can have on us until I relocated here to Spain. In the early days I cycled through a variety of landscapes, such as the magical Delta de l’Ebre and fields in the countryside that were filled with almond trees in blossom. It made me feel like I was merging with the environment. I felt privileged, but not because of money or any of the obvious things that people consider privileges nowadays – purely due to nature and these inspirational surroundings.
I would see the flowers that littered the roadsides of the small back roads that connect the deep Delta to Camarles and then onto L’Ampolla, and I felt so inspired by their wild beauty. Every day was an adventure into this new and incredibly inspiring environment. It’s really hard to say if it changed me or triggered parts of me that had been dormant up to that point. This is something that I believe this article discusses well. I was definitely being nurtured, and I believe in a way that inspired me to act differently.
My one month trip to Spain, that up to now has been extended into an 11 year stay, came months after a horrendous marriage break up. I needed to heal. I needed to find a way to make a life with meaning again, after what had felt like a death rather than a break up. The environment embraced me. I had a month to mind the house of a teacher of mine, while he and his family went to Brazil. After that I had no definite plans…