The prompt for my International Zine Month 2020: Zine A Day project for Day 5 was Microadventure. For me, that meant travelling to New Asgard…
What is a Microadventure?
A Microadventure is an outdoor adventure that is “small and achievable, for normal people with real lives” and the concept was made widespread by British adventurer Alastair Humphreys. I would highly recommend checking out his website for lots of great tips and ideas for having your own Microadventures!
Where did you go on your Microadventure?
Our microadventure was a day trip to visit the beautiful fishing village of St Abbs… or as it is now more commonly know New Asgard. This tiny, remote village was used as a set in Avengers Endgame, and became the home of the remaining stranded Asgardians. The nerds in us knew this was going to be the best adventure: we would be able to mix our love for the mythological Norse God lore, with superhero shenanigans, and enjoy the rugged beauty of one of Scotland’s most beautiful settings.
The village is named after Æbbe, a 7th-century Northumbrian princess who struggled ashore here after being shipwrecked and promptly founded a nunnery. The St Abbs harbour is unusual, in that it is not owned by a local council, but is instead owned by the people of the village and is managed by The Harbour Trust, which is made up of local villagers and fishing folk. The St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve is adjacent to the St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve, and the area is internationally significant for the wildlife both above and below the sea.
The village itself is small, with only one local shop, and a Post Office, with a little cafe on the harbour side. We parked a few streets away from the harbour, and walked down the rocky hill, excited to get to the house that Thor had lived in! and wandered around the picturesque working harbour. It was a beautiful day, sun shining, with a touch of wind just to remind us we were in Scotland. We were too excited to hang around the harbour for long, and hurried back up the hill, and along the road where we had seen the infamous sign. Yup. It was selfie time. How could we not?! St.Abbs twinned with New Asgard. After suitably nerded up, we headed along the gravel path to the foot of St.Abbs head, and walked along the rocky cliff-edge. The full path would have taken us around 2-3 hours to complete, but we did not have the time, and just walked around to see the nesting seabirds. We spotted guillemots, puffins, and many gulls… although, all were too far down to see really well, and we made the decision to add binoculars to our adventurers pack! We sat on top of the highest peak of the cliff for a while, out the way of the main path, while the grazing sheep behind us slowly edged closer and closer to us. It was a perfect blissful moment, sitting hand in hand with Stuart and gazing off into the sea.
Once home, I uploaded, edited, and curated all of my images from the adventure and set to working making my zine. I used Photoshop to put it all together, and wrote up the above notes from the adventure to add in as my story alongside the photography. This zine functions as both a document of our adventure, as well as a teeny tiny travel brochure!! I hope you enjoy reading all about our mini-adventure, and seeing the photography from this stunning Scottish coastal village.