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I am addicted to flying.

I've seen the Scottish Highlands, the edges of Iceland, and Greenland from the air more times than I can count. The crisp white bleakness of the arctic has always appealed to me and every time I pass over I feel an even stronger draw to visit and explore its snowy dunes up close and personal.

Ten Hours

(The edges of Iceland.)

The day of 3 sunsets and 3 sunrises.

Beyond Raging Waves

We landed in Vancouver first. Achingly close to my friends there, but unable to see them. I will visit you again soon, Vancouver, I haven't forgotten you. How could I? If any city deserves to be called The Emerald City it is you, but on to Seattle...

(Approaching Vancouver.)

Kid in a Candy Store

Giddy with excitement we saw Gael first in Port Townsend. We drank tea and ate remembered food at the Tyler.

(ghosts drink tea, too.)

I know that smile.

The mer-vixen.

(Drawing by Kirsten.)

Song 2

Discovery Bay at dawn.

When you're still on Greenwich Mean Time waking up pre-dawn in Pacific Standard Time is easy.

The moth's scale-covered chitin wings were dissolved by condensation.

Ferry passenger.

Traveler in the Wonderland

I finally saw The House in Anacortes. It is even more incredible in person.

My father is painting again.

Saul does stained glass. The property around the house is a madrona and stained glass wonderland.

The view of Deception Pass.


Thanksgiving Day.

Not tea.

Scaling Snowdon

Cascade crossing.

Kutsu # 2

After the mountain descent.

Road To Nowhere

Crossing the Washington desert.

(Washingtonians forgive me.)


Americans have The Fear.

The Fear has increased considerably in the year since I've last travelled her neon-sign-draped strip malls.

I asked Macsen, "Has it always been like this?"

"Now you know how I see it."

Softness of Senses

You're beautiful, mom. If only you knew.

The Man in the Desert

The perfect travelling companion.

Future Tiger

Jake the Tiger.

Graphic designer, BMX-er, lover of a girl named Hannah.


Deception Island.

Small, unassuming boat-eater.

Approaches and hazards: Yes, I'll say it again, currents run strong through here, eight knots plus. Massive whirlpools form which are bad enough but when combined with westerly winds, sea conditions are much worse. Consult your chart of currents and traverse the pass at slack current. the channel itself is relatively clear of submerged hazards but be ever-alert of logs and flotsam surging through the area. You should chart a course to pass south of Pass Island. Beware of shoals near Deception Island.

Ho Renomo


My father is moving to Arizona.

My family have always been nomadic, but strictly temperate. We've lived in Europe on the same latitude and that's always felt more natural than going south. Winter and he never got on very well, so I'm curious to see how the desert treats him. It's a different country down there, perhaps a different world.

Her Eyes Sparkled and She Walked Away

Saying goodbye gets more difficult every time.

You Could Feel the Sky

I slept.

I never saw Seattle.

Aegina Airlines

Back to my adopted continent.

I Guess I'm Floating

Ballad of Distances

European cities always appear more organic from the air than American cities. They remind me of the cell structure of leaves.

(Approaching London.)


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On December 20th, 2004 06:47 am (UTC), dreamtech commented:
The world traveler returns!
Welcome back. Nice pictures, as usual. I look forward to hearing more about your trip and the mix.

Attempting the download of the 'soundtrack' now.
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On December 20th, 2004 05:27 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
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Cheers. :) I may write /post more photos of my trip, but I'm not sure how up to it I feel.

I hope you were able to download the mix okay.

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On December 20th, 2004 06:59 am (UTC), whorlpool commented:
Gorgeous pictures! And another soundtrack!! Thank you!
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On December 20th, 2004 05:28 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
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My pleasure, especially for someone who enjoys them so much. :)
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On December 20th, 2004 07:30 am (UTC), ogonzoo commented:
ever make it to denver, make sure you let me know. i'll put the kettle on...
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On December 20th, 2004 05:48 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
fantastic, I couldn't wait to get back to ol' blighty to get a decent cup of tea, but maybe I all I needed to do was go to Denver. ;)

I'd like to make it down there sometime. I'm ashamed to admit that I've travelled very little in America and have never been further south than Oregon (except for landing in Texas airports to go on to another country). I'm curious about Arizona, but mostly for the desert stargazing.
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On December 20th, 2004 07:31 am (UTC), nickdangerous commented:
Eno and Boards of Canada... ah yes. I'm already in a good mood.

Are you familiar with Steve Roach, Robert Rich, or Harold Budd? Excellent for deep listening.

If you'd rather explore a more "bouncy" tack, try Galaxy - Science of Ecstacy, Bola - Soup, and Selffish - Enas. Actually, the latter is available here for free.
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On December 20th, 2004 05:59 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I am familiar with the first three, especially Harold Budd of whom I am a huge fan. Have you heard his latest and last album Avalon Sutra?

I like Bola, but I'm not familiar with the other two. I just downloaded the Selffish album and will give it a listen soon. I know I've been to the Thinnerism site before, but I can't remember what I've downloaded from them in the past.

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On December 20th, 2004 08:11 am (UTC), heuteistmeintag commented:
it might amuse you to know that if it weren't for the saint etienne concert, i would be spending new year's eve in port townsend
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On December 20th, 2004 06:09 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
err, why Port Townsend?
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On December 20th, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: vancouver
One of the most beautiful aerial descents ever.
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On December 20th, 2004 06:27 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
you're probably familiar with most or all of the tracks already. :)

Iceland isn't very far away from me, I keep forgetting that. It still seems almost mystical and untouchable to me, I've become so accustomed to only seeing it from the air.
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On December 20th, 2004 08:46 am (UTC), snej commented:
Around the middle I started suspecting the section titles were song titles, and when I saw "Ægina Airlines" I knew for sure; but even then it was a nice surprise to get to the end and see the CD cover. Downloading now with anticipation!

I've just finished a new mix this weekend too, and will upload it shortly. I'm sure you already know most of it, but hopefully the sequencing & mixing will bring something new. (It's my first real attempt at beat-matching.)

Oh, and your pictures were lovely too. Welcome home.
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On December 20th, 2004 06:44 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Before I left for America I made a list of the song titles that I wished to use and made it a challenge for myself to take photos matching the titles. I was fairly successful, but I altered the mix a bit when arriving back in London because parts didn't feel right for the soundtrack in hindsight. It's not introducing much, if any, new music to someone like you, but it was more about the sentimental and experience than about new music for me. I hope you've enjoyed it.

I am eagerly awaiting your next mix. I re-listened to His Dark Materials today as it came up on random in winamp. I still really love that mix.
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On December 20th, 2004 09:07 am (UTC), m00t commented:
I take it this means you guys are back in the UK? *sniffle*
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On December 20th, 2004 07:04 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
We have been back in London for the last 2 weeks. It was a pretty stressful trip, having to see so much family packed into such a short timeframe. By the end we were both ill and I had lost my voice completely.

I wish I could have seen you. We will be returning this spring/summer and intend to dedicate 2-3 days each to Seattle and Vancouver to catch up old with friends, cause not seeing friends sucks so much. :(

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On December 20th, 2004 09:20 am (UTC), interimlover commented:
Washingtonians forgive me.

it will be hard, but i'll try.

awesome pics, great tracklisting (will listen at work).

also, reliable source who works at Warp says that the new BOC is in the pipe for 2005.

hope to see more pics and stories!
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On December 21st, 2004 02:20 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I'm not sure if any other Washingtonians noticed.. :)

cheers, I hope you enjoyed the cd.

new BOC is in the pipe for 2005

_!!!_ I await it with anticipation.

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On December 20th, 2004 09:24 am (UTC), slit commented:
Flying over Greenland is incredible. I've done it once or twice on clear days and, just, wow.
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On December 21st, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
An intake of breath and "wow" was also my reaction on my first crossing (the glaciers, the ice sheets!) and it still never ceases to entrance me.

Let's go before it melts into the sea.
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On December 20th, 2004 09:30 am (UTC), citizenkafka commented:
Oh geez.

Even in the dark, and blurred, I recognize those two Spokane locations. I fly to Spokane tomorrow, in fact.

In a way that I can't quite grasp or explain, it's facinating for me to see Spokane through your eyes... and have it look the same.

A crazy, irrational part of me believes that Spokane is an imaginary place, a personal memory that only I can visit. Seeing these photos feels strangely like you've managed to creep into my past and explore the landscape.

Spokane is surreal to me, but I suspect you feel the same way.

Glad you made it home safe and sound.
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On December 24th, 2004 04:37 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: L'America
I know how you feel. cris recently posted photos of his pass through Spokane and it was surprising how surprising it was for me. I tend to expect that no one knows anything about it.

Spokane is definitely a surreal place. Especially Sprague, which is like a trip back in time with it's old dilapidated 50's diners. Very David Lynch.

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On December 20th, 2004 11:50 am (UTC), vulgarlad commented:
your 'soundtrack' is excellent...i've had it on repeat all day long...i'm on my 4th listen.

~the lad
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On December 24th, 2004 04:39 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I'm happy you're enjoying it and I hope it's introduced some new artists, too. If you haven't heard it already the rest of The Dead Texan album is excellent.
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On December 20th, 2004 11:53 am (UTC), crankmagnet76 commented:

Welcome back.
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On December 24th, 2004 04:40 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you. :)
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On December 20th, 2004 12:37 pm (UTC), antitype commented:
You're quite fortunate to be surrounded by so much beauty at all times. Thanks for sharing (the pictures and the mix). Very nice to see you post again.
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On December 24th, 2004 04:45 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I am fortunate, but beauty has to be sought out sometimes too.

Hope you had a good solstice and I wish you a happy new year. :)
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On December 20th, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC), zanfur commented:
Wow, Bethurum made it to your hemisphere. I'm impressed. He's just a guy (named Benjamin Bethurum) who works at a coffeeshop here in Seattle (The Solstice Cafe), and decided to put together an album and selling it to his customers. I really like his entire album, but I had no idea it had gotten so far. Do you happen to know Ben?

Also, I was wondering where you got the name "Bethurum Collective" ... every imdb I've seen says "Benjamin Bethurum" and the cd jacket (which I'm staring at, as I write this) just says "Bethurum". Where did the "Collective" part come from?

If you don't have the full CD, I have an extra I could mail you, if you like. He'd probably just give me one to send you if he knew about your mix; he likes getting his work spread around. He's supposedly releasing another one before the year is out, but last I saw him he hadn't finished it.
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On December 20th, 2004 02:29 pm (UTC), beatnikside replied:
I think his group uses the "Bethurum Collective" name when it plays live:


But you're absolutely right about the disc -- it's just Mr. Bethurum all by his lonesome. Terrific record. (I don't know him; I discovered the album through the Collective's DJ, Jacedo>)
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On December 20th, 2004 02:17 pm (UTC), beatnikside commented:
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On December 24th, 2004 05:15 am (UTC), nomi replied:

ta. :)
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On December 20th, 2004 02:55 pm (UTC), notken commented:
wonderful pictures accompanied by a beautiful mix, thank you!
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On December 24th, 2004 05:17 am (UTC), nomi replied:
You're most welcome.

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On December 20th, 2004 07:58 pm (UTC), vizzygoth commented:
thanks so much for sharing--these photos are gorgeous. too bad your dad is leaving such a perfect house, but i'm sure he'll find another beautiful place in AZ.

one question: any further description of the fear? i think i know what you're referring to, and have been experiencing it when i talk to people about going abroad next year. but i'd like to hear what you think, having been abroad for so long.
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On December 23rd, 2004 02:29 pm (UTC), hal_obrien commented:
I'm listening to this at work, right now. It's grand.

I'm disappointed (though understand) that we couldn't meet up. It's kind of funny to see the picture of Snoqualmie Pass -- I had one recently.

pecunium, his fiancee, akirlu and I all went to the World Famous Taylor just last Tuesday ("World Famous", of course, because Our Correspondent in London has made it so). I hadn't been able to get there 'til then, because they're closed on Sun-Mon, and my "weekend" is Sun-Tue.

I once had a strange vision, watching a party at UC Irvine, of tying back the paths of all the people there, who, being academics, were from around the world. All converging on the one nexus of the party. Kind of the same thing, I suppose, imaging the paths that cross but not quite stumble upon each other, in a single place.

Anyway... Just avoiding real work, but listening to the MP3 reminded me to comment on it... and, hey, thanks for the time stamps! Always fun to see feedback work out. :)
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On December 25th, 2004 05:36 pm (UTC), fnordsofnorway commented:
Wonderful pictorial travelogue and fantastic track selection as well! Appreciate you sharing.

I think I've seen you on audioscrobbler before?
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On January 27th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you. yes, I'm on audioscrobbler, my username is `naomijade'. :)
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On December 29th, 2004 12:11 pm (UTC), hermit_z commented:
Блин, классные фотки...
Очень плохо, что я не знаю английский, но может ты немного знаешь русский...
Спасибо за мр3-шку, я скачал...
Эх, здорово путешествовать...
Я бы тоже хотел, но, увы - Россия...
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On January 2nd, 2005 12:01 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Gone again from Washington
That was quick... and I didn't even get a chance to meet you and say hello in person, well unless you flew into the port at Burlington I may have been there. Anyway, happy new year! Hope you visit again someday, though if your dad is moving I doubt I'll see you.
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On January 7th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: Gone again from Washington
Hi, I'm sorry, do I know you? You didn't sign your comment. I will be returning to Seattle again, I still have plenty of family and friends left in Washington. :)
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On January 4th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC), jerem_morrow commented:
Alright, I'm adding you. I went to Spain in Jan of 2004 and it had a profound effect on me. The kind that only occurs when you spend you entire childhood wishing with all of your little boi might to get out of a small shite town and LIVE. I've had some trouble keeping the focus the life-altering trip supplied me, and finding your journal has been the proper kick in the ass I've needed. So, you see, it is imperative that I do the adding bit. Thank you for the reminder. I recall now just how full of magic life can be.
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On January 27th, 2005 09:35 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I'm sorry to see you've already gone.

I love Spain, but my experience of it limited to the North, around Bilbao. I hope you have found a "proper kick in the ass", I find travelling is always a renewing experience for me and something I still don't do nearly enough.
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On January 7th, 2005 02:26 am (UTC), omeletteman commented:
Hey, I don't know you but found your journal by hitting that random search button. Anyways, just wanted to say that those are incredible pictures, makes me want to head out to iceland (and or vancouver, but thats less exciting), but I'm already in China, so maybe when I leave...
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On January 27th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you.
Please let me know if you do go to Iceland so I can be immensely envious of you. ;)
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