Taking off My Shoes is based on time I spent abroad in the British Virgin Islands. The locals called the islands ‘the university of life’ while other residents referred to it as ‘the school of hard knocks.’
Some said that entry into the islands was ‘a baptism by fire’ while others said the experience was all part of a sacrifice to enjoy the sun, beaches, sea, cocktails and other dream-like qualities that western society relishes.
My five-year stay was best described in how I feel now – I love London and appreciate everything about life here – even when it rains and the sky is a white blanket like today.
I’ve written about 20,000 words of Taking off My Shoes and trust me when I say it’s a challenge…but it’s something I feel obliged to do.
I will regularly video journal this writing excursion that delves into a past, aptly perceived as another world.