Writing 101, Day Two: A Room with a View (Or Just a View)

In day two of Writing 101 we are given the following subject matter:

If you could zoom through space in the speed of light, what place would you go to right now?

It is accompanied by the following quote and seeing as I am a quote fiend of course it will be included:

A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.

– Joan Didion

I have a place I think about often.  One of the reasons it bears so heavily in my mind is the fact I am not sure I will ever get to go there again due to being unable to fly.  It is somewhere I have a ‘real’ love of, ‘love at first sight‘, it was intense, not just a far off country that I dream of going to and ‘imagine’ what it is like.

Where is this place?

Let me take you on a sensory journey, see if you can guess where I am.

Guessing Game

My eyes are closed as the fans waft cool air over my naked body, causing goosebumps to rise, yet I am not chilly, I welcome it like a breath of fresh air against the surrounding cloud of warm thick atmosphere with which it competes.

The white linen sheet lays lightly over my feet, kicked off during the night as I sprawl in luxury unwilling to prize apart the windows to my soul, not just yet.

My mind wanders “for there is beauty out there such beauty to behold, food to eat, melodies to fill one’s ears, family to meet, love to feel and smells to excite”.

I turn my head, the rich dark wood slats are now opened, a glint of blue from lapping waters tweeks my senses to begin with “oh how I just want to be in there” sings my mind.

I lift my gaze to see a horizon of tropical flowers, heavily scented plumes, dark green lush fronds only to partially obscure the precipice of ‘the cliff’

That cliff, dotted by palms bent like old men from the gushing winds, I smile, remembering the storms, each year, tucked in our rooms, away from the danger.  I remember hearing the whistling through the marbled corridors, the song of the monsoon seeping under doors, through window cracks just to remind everyone lest they forget that it is here.

It is time to eat, the air from the cliff blows the curtains to look like sails upon exciting voyage, the array of fruits and waffles so sweet fill my belly, but the sounds of gospel singers are the sweetest of all as they take one to a magical place in mind as equally magical as the place upon where I sit.

Naked feet now hop over white cobblestones “oh oh so hot” as I go towards the beach.  The rolling smooth happy tones of locals always with a smile to greet, their voices to my ears like maple syrup is to my tongue.  There is no such compare to friendliness as there is here, almost akin to a child’s innocent approach.

The day has moved on, the sands are white, the waves rise like a dominating hand only to crash upon another, sending frothy alluring sights before me, yet I know the dangers and resist, watching from afar those much braver.

Sky is now dark, chatter is all around.  Twinkling lights adorn the skies roped from building to building.  The music flows from steel drums then from bands, then from DJ’s.  The crowds mill, the clank of dice hitting the foundations of board games by men huddled between trees that drape magical vines.

Smells of spices, sea salt and fried fish hit my nostrils, a burn as rum challenges my taste buds, the smoothness of macaroni followed by succulent fish exploding with crumbed or fried spices.

I feel alive, my body  moves, I sway to the music.  I watch as the older generation take each other politely hand in hand, escorted under a canopy to dance together whilst the youngsters play at the other end of the street.  The children join in, there is no embarrassment, young to old all mill together joining in a moment of escape, no a moment of embrace, embracing life!

The end has come, swallowing heavily I try to stifle the tears.  Hugs from family, it is goodbye, but never goodbye in my heart, for this place always felt like home.

Where am I?

If you guess right in the comments I will let you know! (grins evilly)  Some of you who know me fairly well will probably guess quite quickly and I would love to know if I took you there ❤

Justine x

© Justine @ Eclecticoddsnsods.com


  92 comments for “Writing 101, Day Two: A Room with a View (Or Just a View)

  1. June 4, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Hmm,Seychelles? Maldives?


  2. June 4, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Jamaica?? 🙂 xx


  3. June 4, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Is it somewhere in the Caribbean though? xx


    • June 4, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      maybe 😛


      • June 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        Ooo you tease!!!

        West Indies? xx


        • June 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM

          be specific lol 😛 I am going tough on you seeing as youve had multiple guesses….winks


        • June 4, 2014 at 11:29 AM

          I am giggling now because I know the frustration of trying to guess from your challenges….haha..ho ho


          • June 4, 2014 at 11:42 AM

            I am being specific!! lol

            Now I’m lost-I don’t know specific places within the West Indies, I’m going to have to get my Google head on 😉 xx


  4. June 4, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Hm, but Devon is not so hot, right? Sorry, I have no clue, I don’t know you well 😦 *curls up and cries with disappointment*


  5. June 4, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Hawaii? Kona? Greece?


  6. June 4, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    You mentioned spice, which inevitably leads me to Mexico!
    Could it be there that you spent your holidays? Or Tobago?


    • June 4, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      nope, sorta close, not giving too much away though!


  7. June 4, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    on a beach


  8. June 4, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Very rich description. I’ve been to similar places and could see the water glinting through the slats of the blinds.

    My guess is Greece, mainly because you talk about the white cliffs. I’ve never been there but have seen pictures. Those same cliffs made me say ‘no’ to any Carobbean Island or Hawaii.


  9. Danielle
    June 4, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    i’m speechless! this is amazing 🙂


    • June 4, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      awe thank you hehe did you guess which country? grins


      • Danielle
        June 4, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        no :/ i don’t know why, but i thought India?


        • June 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM

          Oh that would be nice, but no 🙂 try again?


          • Danielle
            June 4, 2014 at 12:34 PM

            hmmm :/ Morroco?


  10. June 4, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Porto Rico!


  11. June 4, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Or Venezuela?


    • June 4, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Which one?


      • June 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM


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        • June 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

          Yessssss congrats got it right lol x


          • June 4, 2014 at 2:32 PM


            Everything clicked when you told me I was close after
            I answered Tobago and Mexico!

            When you said no to Mexico, I figured out that your beloved holiday destination must be pretty near
            Tobago! I checked a map,and saw Barbados nearby.I was sure I got it right then; playing dice under trees and having barbecues is so Creole,just like the people from Barbados! Besides the beaches are exceptional there! 😀

            (Yeah,I know,I’m a freak!)


            • June 4, 2014 at 2:34 PM

              Haha you make me laugh and I’m glad you won! Farmer farthing nearly got there but I think she went afk and missed the boat so to speak!! So congrats again and I hope you enjoyed the journey you obviously like a puzzle and a challenge 🙂

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  12. June 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Wow! You certainly have a lot of fun with this and I love reading the comments 🙂


    • June 4, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Hehe thank you I did and it brought back lovely memories 🙂


  13. June 4, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Great job with lovely descriptions. I’ve been to many Caribbean paradises and only one with cliffs is St Vicent and the Grenadines. We landed in Barbados brifely in that trip but flat and barren view from the airport :-). I LOVE “da islands”.


    • June 4, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      Hah it was guessed earlier and it is Barbados and your the second person to say no cliffs there hah! The hotel is on a well known cliff and there are many hills etc but where the airport is pretty dull but much much more to see 🙂 xxx


  14. June 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Wow! Sounds amazing and you captured it with such palpable detail. Let’s book a trip soon 😉


    • June 5, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      hah, i wish, i cant fly, actually going to be advertising our two weeks on the blog when I get around to it, we bought it when we got married there but not been able to use it for the last 3 years and its stunning 😦


  15. June 5, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    it’s either a magic or you have a special pencil writing your stories!!


  16. June 5, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    oh I was going to guess sri lanka because of the voice of the locals which being malaalyam is soft and lilting and I decided no on caribbean because it wasnt so soft there, however barbados is BEAUTIFUL I loved barbados too although my absolute favourite place is a little island round the corner from there 🙂 !! guess? up ffor a guess!!?? oh come on I dare you.
    what family have you got in barbados that was the other confusing factor, …nosy parker me!


    • June 6, 2014 at 7:30 AM

      You see different accents are perceived different ways 🙂 Re connections, yes your nosy but thats fine, I am nosy too 😛 My husbands mother comes from there 🙂 Re othe risland, St Lucia? x


      • June 6, 2014 at 7:55 AM

        true – like wine – cannot remember how they speak but found this cute little video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRMNIuULeFw
        very sweet actually, they do have a lovely way of speaking I’d forgotten….although sounds a little amercan…! and she asks some very bizarre questions “waht is it claled when you throw a toilet paper on a hose (horse?) hm?” – she then goes on to say this never happens in barbados, seems like thered be a funny story there, if only I knew what she was saying…. Nope not St Lucia – there is big University there – and white sand, and beautiful azure water and conch shells and empty beaches, and palm trees, and soursop cocktails, and water padding on kayaks and fresh fruit at the market and men offering to thread your eyebrows (no it is not a euphemism for something else) – it was what was offered – most beautiful place in the world for me


        • June 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

          haha i know what threading is i have it done on my eyebrows. Threading originally originated in the more Eastern sector, being a holistic therapist I try to make it my place to know these things…grins..actually i wrote an article up on it and before and afters of my eyebrows being threaded on my Living in East Sheen blog. So I can guess it might perhaps be Trinidad? Tobago?


          • June 6, 2014 at 11:38 AM

            I should go read your other blog as well….hm is it as irreverant as this one? Nope its a small tiny little one – they have spices and it there are almost no tourists and its tiny but oh so beautiful http://www.tourist-destinations.com/2011/09/grenada.html


            • June 6, 2014 at 12:19 PM

              Hah Grenada! Nice…you may go read my other blog of course!! Which blog precisely do you mean? lol xx


              • June 6, 2014 at 1:12 PM

                east of west sheen???
                you confuse me again!


                • June 6, 2014 at 2:04 PM
                  • June 6, 2014 at 2:07 PM

                    aha 🙂
                    thank you my dear – just found your pain blog – it sounds absolutely unbearable, scuse the query but do you know what the cause is? I am sure you wrote it somewhere but I read some of the data but not all. So sorry you have to live with this. Poli


                    • June 6, 2014 at 2:10 PM

                      it is undiagnosed. They just say now that i suffer from chronic pain. I had an MRI that showed two bulging discs but they say it is not pressing against a nerve and as such cannot be causing me pain, yet the pain is in the same places 😦 But you can’t argue with the medics can you. I am now seeking alternative treatments, I am having zero balancing and gyrotronics to try and help, its ongoing, i wont give up. I had three lots of spinal injections, diff areas, one helped a bit abou 20% improvement, anything is good but not ideally enough, so I tred on hoping xx ps thank you for asking 😉 xx


  17. June 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Hm sounds terrible – I actually think you cannot argue with pain, you can argue with medics all the time. Often there is nothing we can do just means: bugger I don’t know what else to offer you to help.

    There is a guy who does some really interesting work in the pain arena – he started after being hit by a car and frustrated by the limitations of the regular therapeutic things. The method is called somatic experiencing and I find what he writes really insightful – I dont know if you have come across it but if you havent here is some info http://www.soundstrue.com/shop/Freedom-from-Pain/3787.pd

    Also http://www.traumahealing.com/

    I met a practitioner of these methods and being a medic I was highly sceptical but it all makes a lot of sense from the holistic healing approach as well as from the scientific one. Have a look. Curious to see what you think.


    • June 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      hey poli sorry i meant to reply yesterday but was waiting til i was at the computer again, i shall take al ook at that site, to be honest though my brain feels like exploding with all the different avenues, but everything deserves some research just incase right? Huggles to you and I really hope you have a lovely weekend xx I will let you know once i have had a good look at the site 😀


      • June 7, 2014 at 10:09 AM

        Hey there – agree there is too much to think about and am sure that with the pain you are in you don’t really have the energy – do you have pain that radiates, I am guessing no muscular weakness right? Anyhow the somatic experiencing thing really makes a lot of sense from a physiological perspective, even just reading the book at some point as a point of interest is a good read. Huggles to you I hope you have a lovely weekend, you dont have to look at the site for me, just if you want to – Poli


        • June 7, 2014 at 10:39 AM

          Muscular weakness yes from in the past having long periods in bed and my stomach is pretty dead no feeling since c sections! Trying to rebuild muscle tone by walking first and attempting gyrotronics which is meant to be really good but starting small as it’s a balance not to kick things off too much x


          • June 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM

            hm sounds like no fun at all, have you tried swimming, physio in warm water? would take loads of weight off you but help you maybe. I meant any symptoms of bulging discs though?


            • June 7, 2014 at 1:06 PM

              oh they said because the bulging discs aren’t pressing on nerves I am inoperable because there is nothing to operate on and it can’t be causing me pain as its not pressing on nerves, yet the pain is there so go figure? I would love to swim poli really if there was a quiet warm pool nearby i would but I am very conscious of how much weight ive put on, but moreso getting knocked etc, i used to swim a lot but am prob pretty slow now. There are only public pools hwich are pretty cold and crowded which is a real bummer. If i could find somenoe local with an indoor pool that would be fab 🙂


              • June 7, 2014 at 1:15 PM

                true – if not pressing on nerves nothing to operate on – might just make it all worse – the more one cuts the more one damages the less one benefits, – if the pain irradiates to the leg along the nerve that would indicate that it is pressing on the nerve, if you have muscular weakness in the same areas the nerves innervate that would also be an indicator of nerve compression, sure you havent got that or they would have noticed. Generally only operate when you have weakness in your muscles not before. So only conservative approach traditional. Is the pain localised to your back? and doesnt got anywhere else?


                • June 7, 2014 at 1:26 PM

                  its thoracic. The really ‘bad’ pain when it happens is between my shoulders, thats the one that puts me in bed, and thankfully so far happens like once a year. The more frequent pain is from the back of my ribs around to the front, can sometimes culminate in a lump appearing just under my right breast, like a hard muscle cramps and sticks out, makes me want to pass out, luckily that doesn’t happen often now only because I totally cut down physical movement that might make it happen like bending and twisting. But daily, every day on medicaiton the pain is around my ribs, worse by the spin, then twists up my ribs then finally spreads to my lower back. I have to lie down to get rid of it or to ease it. Sitting and using my arms makees it worse so i hardly sit down. I stand to type etc but have to make sure I move around every so often or it just ceases up. I don’t want an operation so happy not to have that. had spinal injections, one gave some small relief, the other two areas didn’t do anything. They just say oh it might have been acute pain that wasn’t dealt with on time, now it is chronic your nerves are sending whacky messages to your brain and that you cant do anything about that unless you take more drugs or try cognitive behavioural therapy. Drugs i wont increase as I am already on epilepsy ones to stop my nerves being so active around my ribs and they effects all my nerve eyesight included and give me a bit ofa foggy brain. I am also on codrydamol and anaesthetic patches between the shoulder blades. I am up and about as you can see but always on time limits, ie two mile walk isnt pain free but doeable as long as I have not been stupid beforehand but need to lie down when I get back. Just want to be more mobile, to be able to sit one has no idea how restrictive it is not be3ing able to sit lol, nightmare!


                  • June 8, 2014 at 1:46 PM

                    Interesting – those symptoms aren’t ones that would change by operating the discs though, even if they are really painful – if you send me a mail on polianthus.tuberosa@gmail.com that way we can avoid having the whole discussion public 🙂


                    • June 8, 2014 at 6:21 PM

                      will do and thank you 🙂 will send test mail first x


  18. June 6, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    What a fun way to get a discussion going. I would NEVER have gotten it right!

    You wrote a beautiful description. I hope you are able to go back. Keep that vision going!


    • June 6, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Hah I live in hope! Miss it dreadfully xxx


      • June 6, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        You will get there!


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