Is that a dream in your pocket
or are you just pleased to see me?

I’ve got a dream in my pocket. A bloody big one.

But here’s what frightens me. It might not come true. And I could end up looking like an ass. Or a failure. Or just a little ridiculous. But at the risk of all that, I’m going to put it out there…

I’m braving up.

Since I started this blog I’ve had a plan to take it on the road when Darcy finishes high school.

And I’ve realised over the past few months that the place I want to take it is
The Mediterranean – every hidden corner of it.

So here’s the plan. I’m going to spend the next three years ‘virtual’ travelling my way around the Mediterranean via Facebook (maybe here a bit too) from Tangier, Morocco to Tarifa, Spain. I could take the ‘virtual’ ferry which would take 45 minutes but where would the fun be in that?

I’m going to research the countries, I’m going to build some little bridges along the way, I’m going to try and connect with local bloggers and hopefully build some friendships online because I know now that that is absolutely possible.

And then here’s the dream. In 2016, I’m going to do that trip for real. Paint it, photograph it, eat it, live it, share it.

So long as Steve doesn’t break his leg. Or have a head on with a sheep!  Maybe I’ll just wrap him in bubble wrap for the few months prior.

marg's hand painted map of the mediterranean

Here’s the itinerary and this is where I’m going to need your help.

I need contacts.

Local people who might be happy to contribute ideas over on the facebook page and maybe meet us for a coffee on the road and share their country and their local knowledge with us.

Morocco (Maryam, I expect a coffee!)
Syria (get your act together).  I’m pleading… Please get your act together.
Turkey (get cooking Gulsah!)
The Greek Islands
Italy (Louise & Paolo, book us in!) and Lisa at Renovating Italy – will you be still there?

Over the past couple of months I’ve been doing a lot of reading about social media and the way our world is changing, opening up, getting connected. I just finished reading Seth Godin’s book The Icarus Deception and he talks a lot about the end of the industrial age, the new connection economy and the role that artists will play in it. He articulates a lot of things that I’ve been feeling but haven’t been able to put words to over the past year or so. Five months ago I was feeling overwhelmed, a little frightened, exhausted by the never endingness of the internet and all it has to offer. Now I’m just excited. We are at a tipping point. Yes it’s fast. Yes it’s changing. Even the experts are flying by the seat of their pants. This is our here and now. Who knows what will happen in the next three years, but I’ve had this dream in my pocket for a while now. Let’s see if it flies.

Can you help me? xx

If you’re not comfortable leaving a public comment, but would like to help please email me via the Contact page.

P.S. I have no friggin’ idea how we’re going to pay for this but it doesn’t cost anything to dream right?

P.S.S. I think the project should have a name.

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    1. Posted 25 January 2013 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

      Wow, this is amazing Margaret and will be amazing! I can see a world of connections for sure. I know of lots of Aussies living in many of these destinations so let’s see if we can connect the dots!

      Love a bhag (big, hairy, audacious goal) and it will feel so good when you achieve it!

      Here’s to dreams becoming a reality!



      • Marg
        Posted 25 January 2013 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

        Big, hairy, audacious goal – love it! I’ve never heard that before.
        Thank you for the offer Leanne. First stop Morocco? Any dots there? x

        • Posted 26 January 2013 at 7:35 am | Permalink

          Morocco – why yes I do! Know of an Australian who lives and owns property in Fez.

          Will dig out the details and be in touch.

          • Marg
            Posted 26 January 2013 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

            Thanks so much Leanne. You can email it via the Contact page. xx

    2. Posted 25 January 2013 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

      What a great idea Margaret. Whether you get there or not it will be a fun journey. The people you’ll meet and the places you’ll want to see will make it all the richer when you do. I’ve loved being on facebook and the internet for this reason too! I hope you’re dream comes true.

      • Marg
        Posted 25 January 2013 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

        That’s my hope Jenny. Half the fun of a trip is the planning. This one’s just ahem a little bigger than normal 😐

    3. Posted 26 January 2013 at 9:07 am | Permalink

      You go girl!

      You are right, it costs nothing to dream.
      Dreams are where the story begins. I believe in dreaming up money! (very new age concept)

      And a name. You do need a name.
      We need to brainstorm it.

      The map is delicious. Is amazing when you draw something how you become quite real. You become physically a part of it…. perhaps you should include drawings throughout the virtual journey… make it real!
      I’m excited that we are on the journey too.

      Bon Voyage
      x H

      • Marg
        Posted 26 January 2013 at 9:47 am | Permalink

        ha I love that … dreaming up money! New age indeed!
        You’re right Harrie. When you invest something of yourself, your time, whatever, somehow it does feel real. Yes, physically part of it. I like that idea of including drawings in the virtual stage.
        I’m excited you’re excited x

    4. Posted 26 January 2013 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

      Arghhh OMG Marg how fantastic!! I am beyond excited for you guys and what a great idea!! I’ll certainly help any way I can and have lots of contacts in Italy, and you just have to come see us when you get over!!

      You are so right the online world is vast and I have made so many wonderful friendships all over the world. One great resource and lovely family are from Soul Travelers which I think you already follow. I am looking forward to your virtual journey and your real one as well which will come around before you know it!!

      I love a great big audacious Dream and you are just the ones to do it!! Just keep that hubby of yours out of mischief x

      I’m so excited can’t tell you, go for it xxx
      love and big squishes
      lisa x

    5. Posted 26 January 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

      PS I’ve just put a link to your page on my last post under ‘Friends with big Dreams’ and happy to link up as often as I can with anything that comes to mind. PS I know that Francesca from Postcard Pictures ( lived for some time in Greece and she is great. Also have lots of friends in France xx

      • Marg
        Posted 26 January 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

        I KNEW i could count on you Lisa. Want me to kiss you now or in Veravo? xxx
        Don’t know Soul Travellers but will investigate.
        Northern Africa is the big challenge for contacts and bloggers. I’m in “Morocco” at the moment in facebook “travelling” east from Tangier. Ideally locals.
        I’m so stoked you’re excited too x

    6. Posted 27 January 2013 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

      I love daydreaming, especially about travel… 🙂 I think it’s brilliant you are sharing your dreams here and even if they don’t come true exactly in this form, I’m sure they’ll take some short of shape! Oh and we have a place in the Slovenian mountains where we spend as much time as we can, you have to come for a visit! Slovenia is handy in all possible ways, the distances are so short that even if you are just making a quick visit, you can experience mountains, sea and cities. I love the place!

      • Marg
        Posted 27 January 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

        So I’m going to start a list on my wall of all the countries we’re talking about with everyone who contacts me next to it. You’re on for Slovenia Satu. Thankyou so much! I’ve had friends who have visited there and rave about it.

    7. Posted 31 January 2013 at 4:11 am | Permalink

      Well so we have a coffee date when you come to Turkey..I traveled to Iran couple years ago and it was just before the elections and there were so many Iranian bloggers around at that time. I met some of them and they were all a great help for me. I am still in touch with some of them but unfortunately after the unsuccesful green revolution most stopped blogging. It was a great experience for me how like minded people commect in the virtual world..

      • Marg
        Posted 31 January 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink

        You bet your sweet ass we do! Datca here we come! I’m pencilling it in now :)) In all seriousness though, I so enjoy your shots of Datca and surrounds I’d love to make contact in person and share a coffee. Iran…yes, that’s another dream of mine. We visited Syria in 2010 and were overwhelmed by the kindness of the people there. A young backpacker said to us at the time, “If you think the Syrians are friendly, wait till you meet the Iranians. And if you think the Iranians are friendly, wait till you meed the Kurds!” How much can we squeeze into one lifetime!

    8. Posted 3 February 2013 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

      bhag – love it; I will certainly be stealing that one. If you can visualize a dream, it can become real. I visualized my motorcycle travel magazine and after 3 years of blogging, it’s now a reality. On another note, I have a son who lives in France, so…maybe I can help you with that. Good luck to you! Never stop dreaming.

      • Marg
        Posted 4 February 2013 at 9:21 am | Permalink

        That’s a really nice thought to start my week with Mary. Thanks for joining the journey and when I “get” to France I’ll come back to you if that’s ok. I’ve got to work out how to get from Morocco to Algeria first. The border is closed. grrr. Will 3 years be enough to circumvent red tape – I wonder…

    9. Posted 4 February 2013 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

      Please do. In the meantime I’ll look you up on Facebook too.

      • Marg
        Posted 4 February 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

        Good on you Mary. Thanks again.

    10. Halimah Parsons
      Posted 13 December 2013 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

      Hi Margaret,

      If our goals are out of our reach we need to jump a little higher! May your dreams and goals to travel the Mediterranean become reality. When you make it to Meknes in Morocco, please come and visit my family there. If you come on Friday we have the traditional couscous for lunch. ( Couscous to the Moroccans on Friday is not unlike the Sunday roast to the Aussies ).Hmmm, do any Aussies still do the traditional Sunday roast with the busy lives we lead in the 20th century?
      You are welcome to add me on Facebook too. Look forward to getting to know you Margaret.

      • Marg
        Posted 16 December 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

        That’s such a lovely invitation Halimah and I’m off to google Meknes and work out exactly where it is. Sunday lunches are sadly increasingly rare these days. We’re very determined to try and make this happen – just realising that a one year journey might be a bit ambitious to do justice to the whole of the Med! We might find ourselves breaking it up or hopping about a bit. But Morocco is definitely on the list, probably our last stop as it’s too tricky to get from Morocco to Algeria so Algeria could become the starting point. Thanks again and hope you’ll stay in touch.

    11. Posted 8 April 2015 at 5:17 am | Permalink

      I LOVE this Margaret!

      And when you get to Barcelona, my lovely mother-in-law is there and is a fantastic ambassador to fun loving and interesting visitors such as yourself!

      • Marg
        Posted 8 April 2015 at 9:25 am | Permalink

        Excellent! That’s exactly what we’re after Tiffiney. Thankyou!

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