My 2018 Reading Challenge

My 2018 Reading Challenge

‘Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.’ – Joseph Addison. Over the past couple of months, I’ve been thinking about reading more. I used to read a lot. We grew up without a television, which meant that books provided a lot of our entertainment. Every Christmas, our last present under the tree would be a pile of books wrapped in festive paper. I would invariably proceed to devour said books as quickly as possible. I’ve…

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HTMW Recaps: December 2017

HTMW Recaps: December 2017

I normally add a quote to the beginning of each post that sums up or enhances my writing. However, I’m going to use my monthly recaps as an opportunity to sum up the month – be it the mood, the weather, my feelings… Anything really. December is all about Christmas, right? The food, the lights, the time spent with loved ones, the giving and receiving of presents, time at home, time to relax, all the alcohol… So it seems fitting…

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My 2018 Ambitions

My 2018 Ambitions

‘My personal ambition remains the same – to be creative, to be modern, to stay one step ahead, to enjoy life.’ – Natalie Massenet. Since 2016, I have written a post to welcome the new year in and outline my ambitions for the coming months. 2018 is no exception, and I have plenty I want to achieve over the next twelve months. In My 2017 Ambitions I outlined several goals I wanted to fulfil. Let’s start with those goals I…

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Reflections on 2017

Reflections on 2017

‘We do not remember days, we remember moments.’ – Cesare Pavese. Every year, I write a reflection post on the past 365 days, looking back over everything I’ve done and remembering the highlights, the bad times and throwing up some of my favourite images taken. You can find my previous posts here, reflecting on 2015 and 2016 respectively. 2017 has been a busy year. And the time has flown. I can barely believe I am writing my annual reflection post…

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Visiting Bath: One of my Favourite Cities in the World

Visiting Bath: One of my Favourite Cities in the World

‘As for Bath, all history went and bathed, and drank the waters there.’ – William Thackeray. One of my favourite cities in the world is actually a lot closer to home than many people may think. Bath, the beautiful spa city in Wiltshire, with its warm honey-coloured limestone architecture, has been a place I invariably return to every year or so. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when Bath won a spot in my heart and became one of my favourite places….

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Seasonal London

Seasonal London

‘I need the seasons to live to the rhythm of rain and sun.’ – Sophie Marceau. Having lived in London for over a year now, I think it’s safe to say there are elements of the city that I enjoy in every season. Every spring, summer, autumn and winter there are seasonal offerings that bring out the best of the city and make me excited for the upcoming months. Even during winter, when the city is at its darkest and…

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HTMW Recaps: November 2017

HTMW Recaps: November 2017

I normally add a quote to the beginning of each post that sums up or enhances my writing. However, I’m going to use my monthly recaps as an opportunity to sum up the month – be it the mood, the weather, my feelings… Anything really. One of my highlights this month was attending the TEDx Women’s Conference. It was so inspiring! This month’s quote is therefore from one of my favourite speakers of the day. ‘Every time we find hope,…

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Going Back to Wales

Going Back to Wales

‘There’s no place like home.’ – Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. Going back to Wales feels nostalgic. The best thing my parents ever did was to move our family to Wales when I was nine years old. I didn’t know it then, but growing up in Wales would come to shape me into the human I am today. Although I don’t go back very often anymore, Wales will always have my heart. I smile slightly to myself as the train…

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Two Tales from The Blue Pearl

Two Tales from The Blue Pearl

‘All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.’ – Leo Tolstoy. Breaking The Fast The searing heat of the day has evaporated, leaving behind warm, heavy air as dusk settles over the square. People are emerging from the shadows now that the temperatures are dropping to comfortable levels. The restaurants have remained empty all day, save a few straggling tourists, unaccustomed to the burning sun and noticeably drooping….

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A Guide to Travelling Independently in Jordan

A Guide to Travelling Independently in Jordan

‘I would travel only by horse, if I had the choice.’ – Linda McCartney. I suffered some anxiety before we went to Jordan. The Lonely Planet guide made me feel nervous about the border crossing between Israel and Jordan. It didn’t ease my concerns over independent travel around the country either, taking the easy option and recommending that people opt for guided tours where possible. These are the limitations I often come across when reading Lonely Planet guides. Whilst good…

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