Thursday, 12 April 2012

Pages From An Old Travel Journal

I’ve been to India before, about 10 years ago when Al and I went travelling after Uni.  We travelled for four months, so not for a long time but long enough to see a little of Australia, New Zealand, America, and India.  India was my favourite place by far; we travelled around the south and then headed north on a ridiculously long train journey. The colours, people, food and atmosphere, it was inspiring. 

I’m not normally a diary kinda girl, I tried writing one at boarding school but didn't really get anywhere. I had friends who would religiously write pages and pages in theirs every evening but I could never think what to write so in the end I gave up.  When we went travelling, I decided to give it another go…this time it was more of a scrap book than a diary, I filled it with tickets, flyers and sketches.

I took a heap of photos too, but the drawings evoke the strongest memories…I can remember exactly where I was, how I felt and what I was thinking.  I don’t think a photo can have the same effect; I’m probably too wrapped up in trying to capture the perfect image to take in the moment.

I found my sketchbooks while we were un-packing and re-packing our things, to have them shipped to India.
I’ve decided to start another while we’re here, some friends gave us a leather bound notebook that’s it’s just crying out to be filled with tickets and sketches.  I may show you show you some when I start, but for now, here are some pages from my old ones.
Do you like to keep a diary (other than your online one of course!) do you write or sketch in it?

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your sketches are stunning!

Jane said...

yes...nikki....i too have re-found my teenage diaries, filled with insight like 'good day, not much HW' aged 14 !!! or ' i love matthew does he like me ?' or cringeyworthy is my don't like list of people that included john Major !!!!!

G and I kept a travel sketch/dairy and yes they evoke a moment more than a picture which is a chance snap rather than a considered long looked at place/ thing.

If the house was burning i would grab all my travel sketch /dairies more magical and full of all those quirky moments we forget - like are indian cleaner trying to steal are bras drying on the balcony !!!!

I did a running up to the wedding sketch/ diary full of reciepts, to do lists and photos more 'us' than the wedding pics and now a friend has just bought a house and doing the same....its the journey.

love jane x

Niki said...

Thanks, not sure they're stunning but I love the memories that come with them :)

Josephine Pearl said...

These sketch books were such a great idea, you'll be able to get them out in years to come and show your children :) I used to do sketch/scrap books when I went on holiday, not as amazing as this though :) I'm the same if there was a fire i'd have to grab all my photo's and sketch books!

http://josephine-pearl.blogspot.co.uk/

Jo. xx

Niki said...

You're so right, I think I'd have to grab mine too if the house burnt down. It took me while to get to grips with pulling together a sketchbook at uni - not sure why? But once I realised that there was no right or wrong way to do them I couldn't stop. I wish I'd done more of them now, I tried to do one in the run up to the wedding too but I never got round to sticking everything in. We've got a 'wedding box' instead. Thanks for commenting, I can't wait to read more of your blog! x

Niki said...

Thanks Jo, I'm sure yours are great! x

Katy said...

Your drawings are so beautiful, I really envy you for making such lovely books, I always worry too much, over think it then feel it could be better. I build them up to be too precious then struggle to really let go when I am drawing or writing in them. I kept a diary, that you bought me, in India. I read some of it back not so long ago; I found it really embarrassing now....!

I love books, journals, think books and sketchbooks, I think they say a lot about people. Have a look at this blog,

http://andreajoseph24.blogspot.co.uk/

It's by an illustrator in Derbyshire, she makes beautiful drawings and sketches, there is something so simple, delicate and really charming about them. I have been using her work to inspire the kids at school, they have been making their own books and boxes for them for an identity project, very lovely.

Katy said...

I really wish I had diaries and scrapbooks from when I was younger, thankfully mum has kept all our letters we wrote when we young, which are lovely to read back. I guess its never to late to get started! My dearest sister gave me a wedding scrap/sketcbhook when I got engaged which I am hoping to fill with lots of lovely things, as long as I don't fret about it too much! Maybe this will be the start of a new journey for me....

Anonymous said...

I love the sketches of the flowers, Niki. You are such a talented artist! Wish I had such skills.
Enjoying reading about your latest adventure very much and looking forward to the next post.
Take good care,

Jackie xxx

Niki said...

Hi Katy, thanks :) It’s easy to over think it sometimes, especially when you’re faced with a blank piece of paper. I never thought that anyone except me would see them so didn’t really care what they looked like; it was just about capturing a moment and memory. Andrea’s blog is great! Thanks for sharing that with me. Sounds like the kids at school are lucky to have such you as their art teacher! xx

Niki said...

Hi Jackie, thank you for commenting. I'm so pleased you're enjoying my blog, it makes my day!

Bola said...

I love that you recently found your old diary/scrapbook. I recently found my diary from age 11-13 and have been reading through it which has been interesting. It's so funny!! Glad you are going to keep another scrapbook of this adventure. It will be awesome to look back on it in several years. I have never travelled for months but would keep one if I did. One thing I do is keep a memory box where I randomly through cards, tickets and small momentos. That's fun too!

http://thelilacdream.blogspot.com

Niki said...

How bizarre, I just left a comment on your blog and one came through from you, on mine! It’s so funny to read through our thoughts when we were younger…such different worries back then. A memory box is a great idea, things are free to pick up and touch rather than being glued and fixed in place, x

Zoe said...

These are a beautiful!! I am going travelling in September I plan to keep a journal, although I was unsure what to include. After seeing a friends though with things stuck in, photos, sketches, stories, poems and writings from other travellers, I thought it was so beautiful and hope to include these in my own journal!

Bekuh said...

I love travel journals and try to fill one on every journey. You are making me long for a good vacation right now.

Niki said...

You should definitely start one, it's ace reading through it when you get home! Good luck and have an awesome time away :)

Niki said...

That's impressive! I don't get round to doing one everytime I go away...wish I had though x