“Sorry, so what does this new blog title of yours even mean,” a friend asked me recently. “Is it English?”
Rather than have to answer the same question every other day, I decided to kick off my blog with the explanation:
perambulating: present participle of per·am·bu·late (Verb)
- To walk or travel through or around (a place or area), esp. for pleasure and in a leisurely way.
- To make an official inspection of (a boundary) on foot
My first blog was called Madderinmada, because that’s what living in Madagascar felt like, and it was an off-beat, fun blog title that made me laugh. Then came Rambling with a Cantankerous Old Mule – another fun title for a blog, I think. I let Pretoria’s staid character influence me way too much when I succumbed to peer pressure in changing its title to The Great Escape: Life from behind a lens a year later.
And so, when the time came to design this blog about my trip to Canada, I needed to redeem myself. Life’s too short for something inane like My trip to Canada. Pffff…. My friend Sue gave me “Perambulating”. The rest I decided on after googling nicknames for Canada. Again, a title that included “The True North” or “The Great White North” was way too boring. Then I saw someone refer to “Canuckistan” and I was sold …
There we have it then. My new baby: Perambulating in the People’s Republic of Canuckistan. It’s goofy, memorable and mine.
Check back soon for the second of many posts …