When I head off on one of my solo 'shut-off from work' holidays away from the station after a tourist season of hard work, you can forget lazing around on a beach, reading books or sipping cocktails. Following months of planning (and some regular training thrown in for good measure), I like nothing more than to take a break and put my feet up.... usually on the side of a mountain in some far off, remote location.

It's like a physical meditation for me; it counterbalances my work and my lifestyle at home on the station, where Sunday is the first day of the working week (and Saturday the last!!). My holiday needs to provide a complete break from the regular pace of life and when I'm focused on just one thing, it takes away all the other stresses and pressures in my life.


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