Stravaigin'

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
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Trip End May 30, 2013


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Stravaig
Pronunciation: /strəˈveɪg/
verb
[no object, with adverbial of direction] chiefly Scottish & Irish
  • wander about, roam, travel through: stravaiging about the roads
Stravaig, pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable which is pronounced like vague, means to roam or wander around, often for pleasure and frequently with no particular destination or aim in mind.  The notion of wandering around, going where the fancy takes us, is particularly attractive to many of us in this day and age when we are chained to desks and computers for most of the week and attending to domestic chores for the rest of it.

Stravaig is often used to describe casual or aimless wandering.  Seems like a good idea to me!  So much of our lives are spent aimed at accomplishing tasks and doing what has to be done.  As a result, most people talk about how busy they are and how exhausted they are.  We barely ever just take times for ourselves - especially without a purpose!

The word stravaig made its appearance in Scots in the later part of the eighteenth century. It is thought to have its roots in an obsolete Scots word extravage meaning to wander about or to digress, when used of speech. This, in turn, is derived from Latin extravagare meaning to wander or to go beyond limits. This is related to the English word extravagant.

This certainly seems to fit in with what we're doing.  No simple trip or vacation for us.  Many would refer to it as quite extravagant.  And the notion of moving beyond limits, well, that's what I continually try to do when travelling.  Push around the next corner, try to find that even more remote village, be pushed out of the comfort zone of language and familiarity.  And to digress as in speech, well, just read Brian's travel tips :)

On this trip, I will take this wee bit o' Scot'ish wisdom with me.  I will strive to stravaig a bit more...Forget about the obsession with the goal and getting there, but try to enjoy the journey along the way.  Try not to worry if we get off course, as sometimes the best surprises come when you're not expecting it.  I want to enjoy and 'feel' places rather than race to the next destination.  Besides, it seems to fit in line with our new career move:  vagabond.

vag·a·bond
adjective
  • 1. wandering from place to place without any settled home.
  • 2. nomadic.
  • 3. leading an unsettled or carefree life.
  • 4 having an uncertain or irregular course or direction.


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Terri on

Bon voyage, have wonderful times in wonderful places! Lots of love @Terri and Danny too [en route from Australia; no mallets required] xxx

Marissa on

I WANT TO COME WITH YOU!! All the best, be safe!! (sorry thats the mom coming out of me) xoxo miss u both

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