One of my greatest achievements this summer was swimming in La Manche as it’s known in France, or the English Channel as it’s known in England. Surely the locals on both sides think that this can hardly be called an achievement. But lets not forget that I was born on the island of Borneo, where the overall weather is much better indeed. So swimming in La Manche is something for me.
And besides, it’s not as if I swam across it or anything. I must have only done about 100 meters when a lifeguard very bossily came along in a launch and indicated that I should go back to the shore… I had already been warned that they do that to everyone anyway.
I had never visited this part of France in the summer. I had only been during the grey, wet, freezing wintertime. There was no way you could imagine that in summer the weather would be nowhere near good enough to try and stick more than just a toe into the sea. I was lucky to catch a few days of nice weather now. I made the grand total of 4 swimming sessions, during one of which one morning the water was very cold, it must have only been about 18ºC. And I loved it! There is something very invigorating about the air and the sea there.
What did you do that you are proud of this summer?
The photos were taken in the beautiful coastal town of Northern France called Le Touquet.