Dan Richards, Scotland, Qatar discussed on Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network
Is so important. I just love going to the the remote fjords the west coast of norway and finding the little tiny cabin where edvard grieg. The great norwegian composer would work. And you can see the simple piano he composed on and you can look out the window and see the solitude in the pristine network and the vastness of it all that inspired him and you can imagine that solitude was his muse absolutely. I think a lot of the places that i've is it with light that they had just enough architecture to make some difference so you weren't completely outside and thorough. Has that line where his walden pond hot. He was caged amongst birds so the birds were free and there. He was with at his desk just in the nature. So i suppose venturing to these places you would prepare yourself to know. What was the purpose of this hutton. And what is the humanity of it. What was the struggle. What was the heroics of this hut and then when you go there. It becomes a little more rewarding a little more meaningful. Yes absolutely and some of them had amazing. Double triple quadruple lives. So there were sale house that i visited in iceland. And these are buildings that are incredibly rudimentary stop and they were built by the early knauss to make crossing the very barren interior of iceland possible. So they were joined the dots kind of stations along the way and they started out being almost little igloos. If you can imagine an igloo that was made of turf and rox And then over the years. They've been rebuilt so many times that now they like what you might recognize as a sort of prairie farmstead In a way but they still retain the foundations and the story and the myth and the ghosts of all of these different inclinations and all of the travelers pass through them. I found really fascinating. And you can hike to one of those. What was it like lobster house of joy in the middle of iceland. It was amazing. Because i think i describe in the book is driving over this featureless because we were renovating it. We actually drove out. But you can imagine the norse walking over this featureless terrain immense seeing this little hook as it would have been in their day appearing and the house of joy. You know you can imagine the joy that you know you're sleeping. You have a roof tonight. You know you're going to be warm because if you miss that if you get lost if you can't find it then you're out on a permafrost did completely baron sort of tundra so the need to get in and get warm with immense and very kind of you know essentially elemental and when i approached. Havana's which was the sal house. I visited i describe it as little. A little house sat up and hugging. Its knees and when you're out in this kind of an environment and you got your note pet there as a writer. All sorts of beautiful thoughts i would think just flutter by you wanna grab them and write them down absolutely. Although often i end up thinking about this. In retrospect how try and take a few pictures but often when you're in these bases it's so important just to live in the moment and even writing something down you don't wanna take your eyes off was around you. Directly in front of the sale house was the second largest glossier in iceland and just to look at it was just so it had such charisma. This thing you know it exuded. This cold cold charisma. It was really hypnotic. You would look into these deep. Deep blue's all the blues you can imagine of this you know elemental incredibly old incredibly important blasio and then to actually take your eyes off it and write something down would almost feel like a dereliction of duty you know well to sort of soak it all up. Take it all in. This is the quintessence of travel. What you're talking about this is travel. With rick steves. If you ever wanted to really get away and i mean really away the neil enjoy the stories of travel writer. Dan richards his book is outpost attorney to the wild ends of the earth and in this book. He takes us on adventures to ten remote cabins and refugees and some of the most hostile terrain on the planet. Dan is a royal literary fund fellow at bristol university in england. We have links to dense work with this week. Show rick steves dot com slash radio. So then you talk about these little hudson. These sheds and whatever we call them and they do have interesting names in scotland. What is it a booth or a offy. yes tell us about arriving at a the in scotland. Well i think the word coffee comes from There are several of derivation. But if you can imagine a booth it's a single room dwelling and again your arriving after heart. They slog it scotland. So you know it rains and then it really rains. And if the sun is shining it's probably still raining you and you'll be hiking over. Maybe some moorland. Or maybe you've come off the kango and mountains and just immersed in this amazing plateau of fans and gorse and heather and moorland menu. See on the horizon again. A little buffy this little former crofters hut perhaps a little house little dwelling and you get in and one of the most amazing things about scottish bodies and bodies exist all over the uk. There are some in wales. There are some in the lake district you get into this very simple dwelling and there were the marks of the people who have been here before you and it really put me in mind. There's a wonderful poem by philip. Larkin and the poem is called. Home is so sad and the lines go it stays as it was left. Formed to the comfort of a last to go as if to win them back. I've got a cabin. I rarely visit up in the mountains of seattle. And it's like that. I never know who is there last. And sometimes it's been months but you still feel the spirit of the people who were there last and how they left it and what they must have done in the fund they must have had and then you get you get to take that story and carry it forward. That's it and the carrying forward. I think is such an amazing thing. A lot of the places. I visited in the book the bodies and the sale house generous architecture and as much as they allow on would movement they allow further adventures. Into as you said earlier apparently completely inhospitable terrain but within them hidden at these jewel like dwellings at an allow you to spend a night in relative comfort The scottish have a word rough stuffing they call it. So you know you don't find author you don't find a sale house you end up sleeping in a relatively dry ditch with your pack a pillow in qatar as deve deve or you know and that's rough stuffing and the alternative to that is amazing bossy. Don't give me any day over rough. Absolutely yeah so you can have a fire in. That's right. It is kinda cool to think. They're not the end of the road. They are a depot on the way to somewhere in most cases absolutely. Yeah they're kind of silo. I think you know 'cause some people leave. You might get candles. You mike matches. You might get some food. That's been left this kind of in a ten you might. You might even get biscuits. I mean.