“The Book is Coming”

For a long time I have been thinking about how to write this story.

Turns out you have to do more than live it. Though that is a fundamental part of it.

After living it, there is the telling. And that’s where I’ve been struggling. Struggling to make sense of all I’ve seen and heard and felt over these years, particularly in the last little while. Struggling to envision a way of chronicling it and passing it on that actually evokes and does justice to the complexities of what is going on, the heart of mine that has got so tangled up in it alongside all the simple unstoppable rage for the madness.


I don’t know how to tell this story.

I don’t know where to begin. I don’t know which language to speak. What frames to use.

So I begin and continue from here – in the not knowing.

In the still trying to make sense of a very complex, heartbreaking situation.

I try to tell this story with much love.

It’s the only way I can.

Thank you for listening.

Thank you for being with me on this ride.

I love you all x

Seder Night/Time Travel

Seder – means ‘order’ and is what Jews typically ‘do’ to bring in Passover. It is a service rich in ritual and tradition, based on gathering together to celebrate and remember the story of our liberation from slavery in Egypt. We also have to drink four cups of wine, eat different symbolic foods from the ‘Seder plate’ – and of course EAT.

I went to see this last night… A play written by Irish-Palestinian playwright Hannah Khalil performed at Arcola Theatre.

Honestly, if the night before that was best spent with my wonderful (and growing) close family then this had to be the best way to spend the second night of Seder –

Listening to the Palestinian Seder story – of the exodus from their own lands in 1948 and the struggles for redemption since.

Tears kept spilling, not just because of the shocking and very moving portrayals of occupied life but because of the uncanny similarities between our own story, the one that we demand is told and re-told every year and what was happening before me.

I step out from one story told round a table where faces shine in the candlelight, to one where faces shine in the glow of the theatre lights. The last scene depicts a tour of a Palestinian community to the village they were expelled from almost 70 years ago. The oldest member of the community tells the story of their village. Of what lived there, what was seized; the scenes of dispossession. The youngest member was then asked to re-tell it, because the stories MUST be handed down, remembered, re-told, year after year, day after day.

I was dizzy suddenly.

Imagining this community as US, a thousand years ago starting to tell the story, and then imagining THEM, like we do, sitting round tables with olives and oranges as props telling a story that hasn’t been forgotton though the relevance has perhaps been lost.

These Seder tables are our collective memory.

And in a time of FORGETTING, endorsed by governments and states the world over in order to wriggle out of accountability – REMEMBERING is resistance, is solidarity, is re-writing the world as it really happened (not according to the victors).

It is not just the Palestinian story I think we should be telling at our Seders. It is ALL our stories. The ones we have been told to forget. The ones lived by our neighbours. The ones from Syria and Calais. The ones from the birthing room, the ones from the time of Thatcher, the ones from that other time. The ones that ache in silent hearts.

Our stories need to be told. All of them.

Seder night should be inspiration to find these stories, to speak them, to amplify them.


To find out which ones we are not hearing. To find out who is silencing them.

I am so religious for these stories.

Hag Samaech.

And go and see that play if you haven’t!


Never Again, for anyone. Ever.

I have learnt ‘Never Again’ my whole life
kept my eyes peeled, nose to the ground
sniffing for clues of hands raised and angled in a certain way, yellow stars, striped pajamas or large orders of gas

But the thing with Never Again is
when it does come round again it will not look the same

and it may not even be directed at you. We still must act.

On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 I reflect on the words of Holocaust survivor Primo Levi, “Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.

I will our questions to come alive and keep coming alive. For us to challenge what we’re told, to investigate what is happening in our world and to disobey when necessary.

Yesterday I was honoured to take part in an action for Holocaust Memorial Day at the Home Office with Holocaust survivors and activists from Never Again, ever, demanding Never Again for anyone, linking the struggles of the Jewish refugees in the 20th century to the refugees of today, who are not being afforded nearly enough protection from our governments… The aim of the protest was to send a message to the Home Office and Prime Minister to act immediately to uphold the terms of the August 2015 agreement between the British and French governments to help people access their rights under Dublin 3.

Since 2015, European immigration policy has resulted in 3,771 migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, as part of 5,350 deaths worldwide and over twenty-five at the Calais / UK border.

As a Jew, who would not be here if my great grandparents had not been allowed to flee to Britain before the Holocaust, the links are clear – I feel a deep sense of responsibility for and solidarity with the struggle of migrants today. The refugees from Syria today are the same refugees from Poland 70 years ago.

It is essential to link these struggles, to actualise ‘Never Again’ and fight for it where it really needs fighting for.

After the vigil I went to sit by the Thames. It was a really beautiful day, dreamy and with a backdrop of Westminster beneath a blazing blue sky I watched all these different kinds of birds scrabbling for crumbs held out by a couple beside me. I heard them talk and they were speaking Hebrew and so I said Shalom.

They sat down next to me on the bench then and we spoke a little in my broken Hebrew and their English.

And then out from this dreamy scene of river and blue sky and funny birds, the gentlemen mentioned casually that the whole world now faces the problem of “the Arabs”, it’s not just in Israel. I stared at him and fell silent and his partner pulled her to him and spoke low (possibly scolding) and then they left. (If this doesn’t make you shudder please imagine replacing the word Arabs with Jews).

I think if we do anything this Holocaust Memorial Day, let’s wonder at the prejudices we harbour today. Prejudice allows us to commit atrocities, allows us to be the common people who allow atrocities to be committed. Let’s expose them to ourselves and pick them apart until they’re nonsense.

I vow for another year of love, a scared adoration for all living things and for that to be manifested in its political love form – an absolute resistance to harm done to the living, in protection, friendship and solidarity.

For finding the words to challenge with strength and love the racism spouted with such nonchalance to random strangers on benches.

For acknowledging the privileges this lifetime has bestowed on me, for unravelling what still goes unchecked, the prejudices I have learnt from my socialisations that I must explore and expose and rub raw.

This is what it means to remember. To say ‘Never Again’ and mean it with your heart and your feet and your whole precious life.

I love you all. Let’s stop killing each other.

Never Again for anyone, ever.

More photos at: http://lucaneve.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/25-01-2016-Holocaust-Memorial-Day-Vigil-2016-No-More-Migrant-Deaths-Refugees-Are-Welcome-Here/G0000LuPjuKfqbFI/I0000iMXegWKp5qc/C0000GPpTqAGd2Gg


Limmud, for learning is a Jewish thing.

I spent the last week at an event called Limmud, an incredible gathering of over 2500 people to learn, shmooze, eat, drink, dance, find a shidduch, argue, network, create, inspire…

I have been to Limmud most years for the past few, to the summer ‘festival’ event and to smaller day events throughout the country.  This year there was a venue change which saw Limmud move from Warwick University campus to the Hilton Hotel in Birmingham.

On the first day I sat on a purple velvet sofa in the bar area introducing myself to a friend of a friend who had just arrived.

“Why do you come to Limmud?” he asked.

“It is the only place I feel Jewish”, I responded.

But as I sat one morning with my porridge and my coffee beside the little lake that surrounds the hotel, finally breathing some G-d breaths and feeling able to recharge, I questioned my answer. Maybe things change. Limmud felt difficult and different. Maybe because there were more people than usual, maybe because I found the setting stifling, I am not sure. Maybe it’s me who has changed.

But if Judaism and being Jewish is about connecting to and knowing G-d then this is where I feel most Jewish – outside with my back against a tree, breathing in and out, watching the trees and the movement of light on the water.

Going back ‘in there’, back to conference, pouring over texts, being trapped within walls, talking talking talking, I felt ung-d, unconnected, unjewish.

Are these the affects that stay with me after a cycle journey that had me up close to the cheek of g-d everyday for an extended period? Where I would wake up and lie down on the ground beneath stars and a rising sun, where I would pick leaves for my tea from the forest floor and dig my own hole for a toilet?

The other end of that cycle ride involved landing in Israel/Palestine where my relationship with Judaism had its most trying period. Too many times I witnessed a so called expression of Judaism wreak horror and tragedy – from the Israeli government who purport to speak on behalf of all Jews, to extremist settlers who attacked trees and people in the name of some sort of Judaism. I very almost gave up on this religion that could allow or foster space for that to happen.

But painfully and determinedly I realised I could not give up. That what I was witnessing was not Judaism, not the one I am interested in anyway. Again I didn’t find my Judaism in the places I expected – shul, Jerusalem, Friday nights. I found it in the West Bank on hills picking olives, acting as protective presence to Palestinian farmers, in solidarity.

I presented a couple of sessions about this trip at Limmud. I talked about the cycle ride and my time in the West Bank in one session and another one on Cycle ’48, a remapping project I was part of to learn about the Nakba. (The Nakba is Arabic for ‘Catastrophe’ and refers to the displacement of the Palestinian people from their homes in 1948 and beyond).

This last session was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Far harder than the 5000 mile cycle ride that brought me there or the mountains in between, including the Alps. The morning of the session I decided I wouldn’t do it – I’ll do a creative writing session instead, a lake swimming exercise, a ‘how to make g-d purr’ workshop, anything but this trip, this topic.

But a wise, firm voice in my head told me I must.

The kind of voice you’re meant to listen to.

So I did it. And it was really, really hard. But important. And I was blown away by the words of encouragement and support afterwards, the hugs had, the hands held, the tears that fell between shoulders of Jews who believe there has to be another way. And much laughter as the room realised together that my poignant last slide (the image you see on this post) that I thought meant ‘remember’ in Hebrew, is actually just someone’s name graffitied on an old Palestinian house in the rubble of Ajjur.

I am so grateful for difficult opportunities that have to be gone through. I now have so much to learn from – that I could learn only by beginning. Now I carry on, dedicating myself to learning how to tell these stories well, how to carry on even when it is terrifying, how to have hope in our humanity.

I want to give voice to this difficulty because it is important and transformative and there is another side of it. I want to encourage young (and all) people to speak out, whether you’re Jewish or not. You have something important to say. Say it.

Find spaces to speak out and if they don’t exist stand on your chair. Start a blog. Buy baigels and invite friends over.

We need to talk.

And right now, more than ever, people are ready to listen.

This is Judaism – the great conversation. This is the holy thing – learning how to demonstrate solidarity with people who are being oppressed. This is what is possible for Jews who really want to LIVE  v’ahavta l’reakha kamokha (to love your neighbour like yourself).

Many people expressed interest in learning more about some of these stories and getting involved. Do keep in touch if you’d like to get involved in this – sarasmoons@gmail.com

Below is a very limited list of some links and resources for more information.

On the Nakba:


The Zochrot website has pretty extensive information on the Nakba, including a Nakba map with details of hundreds of villages that were depopulated and/or destroyed in 1948 and 1967, as well as testimonies from Palestinian refugees and Israeli soldiers who were involved.


An American project offering educational resources to American Jews and a general American audience about the history of the Nakba and its implications in Palestine/Israel today. The Nakba refers to the forced displacement of Palestinians that began with Israel’s establishment, and that continues to this day.

Mornings in Jenin, Susan Abulhawa

Everybody should read this book. My mum couldn’t put it down. Generations of Palestinian stories from the Nakba to the present day told in novel form.

Sacred Landscapes, Meron Benevisti

Geographer and former mayor of Jerusalem, Benvenisti explores the multi dimensional map of Israel/Palestine, the Arab spaces he grew up with that vanished and the reality of a shared homeland for all in the region.

On the JNF:


A report documenting some of the environmental injustice, colonialism and ethnic cleansing that a delegation from Friends of the Earth International observed in 2012.


“Most JNF – KKL forests and sites are located on the ruins of Palestinian villages”, Eitan Bronstein Aparicio



A project of the Australian Jewish Democratic Society exploring the role of the Jewish National Fund.


The blog from the bike remapping project I was part of and discussed at Limmud – cycling from Aida Refugee camp in Bethlehem to Jaffa along the JNF cycle trail.


Sukkot – One year on

So entrenched is the calender of Judaism in the rhythms of nature it is a map of its own – we make a geography of cycling through the seasons, a poetry out of what we do when the new year comes (lose the bike), yom kippur (utterly surrender and go on retreat), sukkot (pedal up north and join the olive harvest)

And now I am back in the UK a year on in another dimension. Here I pick blackberries by the river Mersey, apples from the roadside, this is the garden, this is the harvest. Spared from military uniform and access permits, spared extremist settlers sticks in hand walking down the hill to shoo you away, spared are the uprootings, the looting, the burn. Spared are those swinging guns and the shrug, loh, loh hayom, not today, spared is the brutal but quiet forbidding of one of the holiest gorgeousest family time on the land.

This week we celebrate Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival. At the same time Palestinian farmers all over the West Bank and Gaza will be attempting to harvest their olives. The olive oil industry makes up 14% of the agricultural income for the oPt and supports the livelihoods of approximately 80,000 families. In the West Bank, over 7,500 olive trees belonging to Palestinians were damaged or destroyed by Israeli settlers between January and mid October 2012. (UN OCHA 2012)

This time last year I joined in solidarity with Palestinian farmers in one of the greatest forms of resistance to the continued occupation and confiscation of their lands – being on the land and working on it.

The harvest is still being thwarted. Volunteers (unfortunately) are still needed: to help harvest where there is very limited access, to act as ‘protective presence’ and to document any human rights abuses if they occur.

Multiple groups and organisations are working with local farmers to co-ordinate volunteers during the olive harvest, including Rabbi’s for Human Rights, ISM and IWPS

These are the latest chapters of the Torah, this is Sukkot, this is what the harvest looks like. Let trees be trees, let them grow, let them bloom and let loving hands pick their fruits.

Links to last year’s posts on the olive harvest:

“Autumn is an olive tree”

“Olive Harvest (Part 2)”


Home (part 1)


A small hand reaches up to take mine, “Dara. Come.” And I am led to the garden bursting with green spring by my two year old nephew who I have not seen in 13 months.

I am home, or so they say. Welcomed back to an adoring family and many cheers, to England’s glorious Springy Summer.

Arriving ‘home’ is weird, so I have taken some time to do it slowly and not write this post yet. But after a few days I attempt it.

13 months and thousands of miles later I am home. Hundreds of camping spots, at least a dozen bullets, all the weathers you could imagine, tens of maps, new friends, coffee addictions, startling connections, tingling romances, a bike stolen and found again, a relentless occupation, inspiring and tragic Jewish history and a world so beautiful you couldn’t make it up.


Who I am as a still, uncycling woman I am not sure, and I am not sure I want to find out. But at the same time I am exhausted and it’s nice for your bed in a room in a home to just be there when  you want it, without the trouble of finding it every night. Though of course I miss that too.

I arrived back, as I hoped I would in time for Shavuot. I learnt pretty quickly on arriving back that there are a few things more exhausting than cycle touring. 2 year olds. And LONDON. I stared at my sister and brother in law playing with their amazingly gorgeous baby and knew however far and hard I cycled they had had a much more exhausting year. Again, let us recognise everyone’s exhausting crazy lives, not just the ‘glamorous, adventurous’ ones. I sat on the tube the day after I arrived back to get to Moishe House for Shavuot learning night. Passing station after station, the tube would stop, open its doors, the lady would speak, the doors would close, we would zoom off again, i looked up at the tube map, and realised this would happen minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day and the only saviour was engineering works, or industrial action, otherwise it just went on, and on and on. and i realised i wouldn’t have to choose to disappear myself but this system and this tube, and this map that went on and on, in the same direction, with the same non breeze not blowing my hair would disappear me first. I had made some sort of secret internal decision to try london. no. fucking way. i decide now. if i want to live, if i want to LIVE, find a quieter place, somewhere without a tube which moves so relentlessly.  (where is the CHAOS, where is the COFFEE? – london’s transport network is a far cry from palestines, and oh how i MISS it!)

friday night and my sister lights the candles, my nephew watches capitvated by the spark of the flame, my other sisters belly bulges with a baby about to burst, my dad dabs at his eyes, my brother in law says kiddush and we are all here, this big wonderful awkward mess of family, with all its steps and halves, somehow making a whole. and i know i am back – exactly where i am meant to be.

And we welcome in Shavuot – the festival of remembering Sinai, of revelation after wandering in the desert all this time since leaving slavery in Egypt.

i wandered through the desert too these last weeks, finding more than i thought i could, destroying myself a few times over, and coming back to life again and again, keeping the sea at my side, a permanent and enduring breath of wild. (blog posts to come on the last part of the trip soon!)

and then i landed in london, just as the jews too, land at sinai, gathering to recieve the torah. and i start to wonder what revelation means? i have spent the last couple of days with my brow furrowed, struggling to make sense of the (very interesting) but often text heavy academic jewish explorations of this time. and i think of the country roads i am not on, the bike that sits still in the yard. and all i can think of shavuot is the glaring wild in the story of the giving of the torah – the wandering in the desert, the gathering around a mountain, the thunderstorm – the wild as a tool of revelation. of the woods and the trees and the sea and the juicy earth being the best instruments to channel divine strength, energy and awareness.

Sinai was a mountain. the giving of the torah took place under a raucous thunder storm, with explosive lightening. have you ever been in a thunderstorm? in the mountains, beside them? Literally the wild coming to find us, wherever we are, wherever we hide. that must have been pretty powerful experience!
where are our sinai’s today? where are the mountains for the revelations we need?

i fear we are eating too much cheesecake and not climbing enough mountains!

And so I went to find the only wilds i know in the middle of london – the glorious green wet wilds of Hampstead Heath.  And I took most of my clothes off and smiled at the other swimmers and jumped in, cold splash, to the tree lined waters in north london. and that was shavuot – wild and true and so full of god.

And I realised that life now, does and will not make sense if i don’t live with this wild and share it. i hope to continue to meet those who do want to share it, so i never have to choose between being jewish and being wild – i dare for us to be both.

So I am home-ish, but choosing what that means, and where it means and how. For now, it means family and it means here, wherever they are. And it means insisting on wildness – keeping life simple and staying sane.

Thank you for being the most wonderful unknown (and known) audience  to this adventure. It is far from over.




we arrive in england with a thud. to the sound of the woman checking our passports – we have arrived as soon as she speaks, so familiar, so pleasant, in english tongue “thank you very much” – oh the joy of it! we are goons, hysterical, in love with it all, finally our homeland after all these months – loving it like we’ve loved all these places, with new hungry eyes and two wheels. laughing at all this englishness, all this common language, all this cliff and chips and trees, all this that has grown us for so long that I have been so apart from. it is a reunion and a half. oh and the hills!

we find lewes and the friend we will stay with. we are greeted with warmth and immense hospitality…tea and curry (obvs – this is england). and our own super cozy bed.

the next day we glide through perfect beautiful sussex, a wild tangle of bursting green, the sky is blazing blue. england. is. beautiful. we gasp at the signposts, at the country lanes and the blooming flowers in the endless green woods. we dream of co-operative lunch and find shade under a suburban tree eating our houmous,baguettes and cherry tomatoes. we’d forgotton about packaging.. and stare incredulous at all the plastic everything’s wrapped in.

We spend our final night together, and my final night on the road in a wood with a bluebell carpet. the sun falls down through the trees, slices of sun find the floor and light up the leaves. i cannot forget this. but i cant hold onto it too tight.

we curl up in our sleeping bags reading our books. we make promises. we will live like this. this is not the end.

and we rise, this final day, of wheels and green. one last push. one final purpose. to get home, to find my family. to stop.

I’m terrified of what it might mean for it all to end

but somehow i am ready and somehow i know i am only pedalling towards the next dream and there are grubby hands of my nephew i want to kiss. and i pedal and i stop and i pedal and i stop, finally getting off my bike in Chalfont St Peter to fill my water up in a pub, where 2 brothers get talking to me and on hearing i am 4 miles away from the completion of this ridiculous journey insist on buying me a drink and i tell them i must get back for friday night dinner but fine one drink and then i am telling them the whole story and they stand, gobsmacked listening to it all but then i really must go.

and the miles move too quickly. when did i get this fast? i struggle to be slow. i stop to pause whenever i can, to just be on the trip for as long as i can. but i am getting ever closer. i take one last startling meditation in the woods, where i see dear friends sharp in my mind and the old trees feel very close. and i know that really there is nothing ending, that i get to continue to be the woman i have become and that’s all that matters really. my journey will roll on in new ways.

And then I am rounding the corner and i see hands waving and whoops and a cheer, and this is it, after all these ridiculous adventures, all the sea, sky, rolling hills, political horror…these are the final metres of my journey, rolling down to outstretched arms and the smiling faces of my family. This is it, this is it, and the camera flashes and i pull on my brakes and finally, after 13 months and hundreds of miles, my wheels come to



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The North

it’s definately lunchtime when we arrive. we grab supplies as it begins to drizzle and take shelter. after our lunch we head out to find the street out of town.

nuts! i realise, and head to a shop to get some. biscuits! bella calls after me.

by the time i am back and we stuff the items in our panniers the rain begins to fall. not fall exactly. but BUCKET. it is a storm. a freezing storm of cold wind and endless rain. the kind that turns your umbrella inside out. the kind that soaks you in a second. we shelter in the bank beside where we had been sitting. everyone else too, stands and shelters there. we pass round the biscuits, our hopelessly optimistic faces beaming and covered in rain. eventually it softens and we head out. but france is sunshine and rain. and we spent the next few days cycling through rainbows. and hills. and woods of startling green sopping wet

and i am in love with the north

i am home, i am olive trees and the dusty earth of the middle east but by god i am this mud and muck and rain and dew too.

at the first woods i just stand open mouthed, with my palms quietly outstretched.

there is a perfect rhythm to our days

we head homewards quietly, slowly.

we find a perfect spot the first night in some woods. we are propositioned by a man interested in a threesome as we attempt to find food in the supermarket bins.

We make it to Dieppe in one piece. manage to get some food and a bottle of wine. the cliffs jar away, and we are off. heading home. it is terrifying but we don’t have time to worry. there is a bottle of wine and a tub of olives to eat. and we spend the next 3 hours in hilarious career dreaming madness, planning projects to ensure we can spend our lives doing this.

i am overwhelmed by this new friendship. i knew i would change a lot over the course of the last year. i knew i would gain so much. i didn’t quite realise how much friendship i would grow, how much spectacular kindred spirits i would find on my path. bella is testament to this. and arriving back to england with her was magic. we have to remember kindred spirits are waiting to meet us along our ways. people you couldn’t imagine you would meet. people you have been waiting your whole life for (perhaps without knowing it). they are out there! and they are brilliant!

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The sweetest French Algerian couple meet me in Venice.

I found them on blabla car, a lift sharing website. They are driving to Paris. And they are saving my life. I wondered frantically if me and tara and all the bags would actually manage to squash into their audi, and as i approach them i see they only have two doors which is a very very bad sign but immediately after this i see on the floor beside the car a bicycle rack. my eyes fill and we hug each other. we all fit. and we get on the road.

The car journey is bizarre, fast, on the freeway. there are no speed restrictions on the highways in italy. this feels even more peculiar given my speed the last few months. soon the alps rise into view, colossal, magnificant. and we stop for a break in turin as the sun slides down and i am so thrilled and grateful for this lift. for this car. knowing my legs, but mostly my mind cannot take me up those mountains right now. we arrive in lyon very late and i spend the night asleep in the car.

it is the morning now and i sit drinking coffee and eating french bread in a little cafe.  GOOD MORNING LYON. I thank God for the invanity of this place, for this ghastly grey, for the thump of rain and cloud. Oh world, oh northern europe, how i have missed your wondrous gray, your sparkling boringness, it’s ALL I WANT

FORGET YOUR GRAND VAIN GRANDEUR, give me grey pavements and sullen plonked on trees please, give me sad faced clouds and smiling inside strangers, give me french baguettes and inches home.

I am headed in the right direction. Tonight i will arrive in Paris.


Paris I love you. You don’t have to even do anything, just BEING paris is enough. and cycling through your streets with old and new friends is paris alive, throbbing and here.

I wait in a bar sipping expensive pink beer  just off Nation square. I am waiting for Daniele and Cat. The Daniele I left on this trip with, who is going to see me off to my last pedalling days. It has been 9 months since I last saw him.

I hear a screech of whoops and cheers. I whizz around and see the flash of white and red, the chunk of bicycle and pannier, and we speed towards each other, me on foot, they on wheel, at last reunited in a tangle of hug and body and bike. and this is it. as if we have never left each other. this is it, the last 9 months one big blur.

we go for a giant feast of aubergine stew and chips in a turkish place nearby. and we marvel at each others stories, though they are both quite exhausted after an intense few days on the road from london. they have found a place for us to stay with a cycle tourer they met at the traffic lights and we meet him to go find his house.
i am completely excited by the idea we are in Paris. i can’t stop peeking through the curtain, just knowing Paris is there, outside the window. morning comes and on waking i just feel ecstatic knowing we are here. not sure what’s come over me.
we hunt for breakfast to eat on the sienne. i run off for coffee. we make quite the spread. and this. THIS. is all i will ever need. good friends. and bicycle adventures. they have saved me in a way they will never know. that startling remembrance of quality company, heartship. so many tears shed in these perfect few days, so many hysterics of laughter.
of course, i am very interested in the sights of paris. daniele not so much. he sits and waits on the side whilst i try to get the perfect angle of tara and the notre dame, tara and the sienne, tara and the random bridge. but he perks up at the eiffel tower and we take lots of photographs and i scrunch my face up a lot trying to see the beauty behind the oil like rig i find in front of me. the eiffel tower is not beautiful. but it is perfect. and i am so happy.
much of the afternoon is spent trying to find cheap beer, we manage it just about as the happy hour starts. and we sit, drinking beer, hungrily, before bella joins us. and life just gets better and better. i have died and my friends are greeting me in heaven. oh bella. we will leave the next day. she has no phone. but it will work out. we will meet at the nearest station. at platform 1. at 12 o clock.
 The next morning we eat a final breakfast amongst a parliament of crows. they play football with our avocado stones. they are just hilarious.
and then it is time. we meet bella. but of course there is no platform 1 – only letters. But i find her. we spend a long time faffing about our next moves, realise we are at the wrong station, cycle through paris again, along the sienne, past the notre dame and the eiffel tower….zipping through the traffic to finally find gare de nord.
we say our goodbyes. i will not see daniele for 2 months now. this is the life of our friendships now. ships passing.
but oh when we pass!
and me and bella, ever ridiculous, get on our train, and await the adventures that are to come over the next few days.
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