Weekly writing Challenge List :ten countries visited and the Emotions I Attach to each


Fear palpable – theirs and mine

At Angkorr Watt – overwhelming history, both ancient and modern


Longing replaced by Disappointment

Intense Boredom

felt as though at home, all childhood places


Gourmet heaven (cost the earth)

Gourmet disappointment  (when no coin in the purse)

Senses heightened auditory delight


another world – gobsmacked


want to return


Desire for longer stay

Mid-Atlantic Ridge above ground -wow, to walk through amazing

Smell foul

Felt discarded yet hidden delight


Frustration unable to communicate

Stupid as diddled

reprimanded self, should’ve known better

Gaudi and Dali and many more – I loved them all


Family pleasure

well-ordered heaven

no pushing or shoving, so polite, makes living very, very nice

United States

Tipping distressing

Crash landing scary

Felt small as Grand Canyon so large

Felt rushed and hyper

Angry at lack of caring


Made me look inward at things remembered

Have they forgiven, I found it hard

Polluted and dirty

Road crossings so frightening

shock at remote villages so like Vanuatu


love and hate

joy and fear

grief, revulsion

jealousy, caring

lack of competitiveness

every emotion

Vanuatu had the lot.


List makers aside: This is a list. Most of these emotions which I have attached to the countries have anything to do with the countries themselves but rather they were where I was when certain events (stories of their own) happened that made me experience these feelings.




About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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14 Responses to Weekly writing Challenge List :ten countries visited and the Emotions I Attach to each

  1. Uncle Spike says:

    Interesting post, very insightful 🙂


  2. M-R says:

    Absolutely marvellous, Irene ! – what a talent for pinpointing the really important things !


  3. Since many of the countries I’ve never visited, this was rather eye-opening. I’m sorry you don’t have better emotions attached to the US, although some were spot on for a visitor. Next time come to North Carolina, where life is a bit slower – it’s the South – and the people friendlier!


    • Noelle, I’ll do that. My brother usually spends part of his kids summer holidays in South Carolina. They all love it. The last time he was there I went online and looked at South Carolina and I have to say I wanted to hop on a plane straight away. The emotions attached are more where my head was at the time and some horrible inicidents coloured my thinking. 🙂


  4. Sherri says:

    Come back to England Irene and visit me and you won’t feel boredom again 😉 BTW, did you have a crash landing for real? How scary if so!!! All of this is so fascinating and gives great insight into your thoughts at the time you visited all these interesting places. Really enjoyed reading this very unique post 🙂


  5. What a fabulous list! Cambodia was where a couple of chaps stuck AK47s through the windows of my sister’s taxi (she was there teaching English).
    Sorry you didn’t enjoy England – the history blows me away.


    • I did enjoy the history and visiting places which I had grown up with in story books, school history lessons and the monopoly board. The rest was all to do with my head space and travelling companions. I have been back many times as my husband is English and whilst his parents were alive we went every couple of years and I’ve never been bored since but for some reason that first trip came to mind when I was writing.


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