Rise and shine, America

A Challenger 2 tank on night patrol in Iraq, 2004. Sleeps four to varying degrees of comfort.

A Challenger 2 tank on night patrol in Iraq, 2004. Sleeps four to varying degrees of comfort.

Waking up in Austin, new continent, new time zone, got me thinking about all the random places where I’ve woken up.

There’s obviously the usual collection of dodgy couches and sofa beds that everyone can relate to, but there’s been a fair smattering of more idiosyncratic slumber zones when I think about it.

During my army days there were too many early mornings waking up on the back decks of a freezing-cold tank during training (not recommended)…

Squashed into the commander’s chair in the turret on operations (again, not ideal for a good night’s sleep)…

Lying on a roll mat beneath a poncho under the rain on exercise (not recommended)…

Fully clothed and curled in a foetal position on the back seats of a four-wheeled-drive truck in the middle of the snow-covered Canadian prairies (not recommended, you get the idea)…

On the other hand, waking up on the top of Mount Sinai near Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt to the breaking dawn was, despite the chill, notably uplifting and worth the midnight hike up there…

Waking in a strange, palatial bedroom in the Mirage Hotel on a trip to Las Vegas was pretty cool…

Conquering that conundrum of why get out of bed in the morning–aptly illustrated by the graffiti artist Banksy–seems to rely in large part on being somewhere which gives you that reason. Do you have it where you are? If not, don’t panic, there’s a whole year ahead to remedy that.

You don’t necessarily have to go as far as distant mountains or lavish hotels; you may well be already content where you are and need go no farther.

I couldn’t have been much happier waking in Austin, yesterday; though that might have had more to do with the company…

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